Arkansas Beef Council Celebrity Chef Cookoff

Cheer on your favorite Chef!
The Arkansas Beef Council Chef’s Cook-Off takes off on Sunday August 15th at 3:00pm – It will be a kitchen clash between two great local chefs!

Come join the fun at the Chef’s Kitchen Stage and cheer on your favorite chef as they prepare their favorite beef steakburger recipe for our panel of Judges!
Chef Howard Wilson from Nana’s Organix will be defending his 2020 Arkansas Beef Council Cookoff Title from the Challenger Chef Tracy Smith from Kreative Expressionz Catering!

Donette Spann – Arkansas Beef Council
Chef Mark Janus – The Resident Chef
Kevin Shalin – Food Writer – Blog: The Mighty Rib
Jill McDonald – Chef & Owner, The Croissanterie

SUNDAY AT 3pm at the Expo in the Arkansas Beef Council Chef’s Kitchen Stage

Meet Our Chefs

Chef Howard Wilson
Nana’s Organix

Chef Tracy Smith
Kreative Expressionz Catering

We are a one-stop-shop! Event planning and Catering. We specialize in Cajun, Caribbean and Soul Food Cuisine.


Donette Spann
Arkansas Beef Council
About Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner… And, we’ll give you recipes, events info, and fun facts to help you create great beef dishes!

Chef Mark Janus
The Resident Chef
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Kevin Shalin
Food Writer, The Mighty Rib
“After more than 11 years of covering food, The Mighty Rib is still going strong as an information source for Central Arkansas foodies. During that time, Kevin has also written for Little Rock Soiree, Rock City Eats, Treatsie, Little Rock Family, Bourbon and Boots, Arkansas Times, and In 2020, he was named Food Editor for AY Magazine. Through The Mighty Rib, Kevin strives to connect and help build the Little Rock community with his writing.”
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Chef Jill McDonald
Professional Chef, Owner of The Croissanterie
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Tickets available at our Box Office on Expo Days!
$7 Admission ($5 w/coupon)
Kids 12 and under are free. Free Parking!


Expo Location:
Arkansas State Fair Complex
2600 Howard Street
Little Rock, AR 72206


Dates: AUG 14-15, 2021
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 11am to 4pmn