Lawton butcher competes head-to-head for chance at Meat Cutter of the Year

Lawton butcher competes head-to-head for chance at Meat Cutter of the Year

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KSWO)- A Lawton butcher went head-to-head with some of the best to get one step closer to being named Meat Cutter of the Year.

Will Vaughn joined six other butchers in the first round of the National Meat Cutting Challenge held today in Wichita Falls. They received up to 40 pounds of beef and whoever cut the most steaks with the highest quality the fastest, won.

Vaughn says on a typical day he cuts about 300 pounds of meat a day.

"I love cutting meat. I like being in that room by myself… You have to be able to work alone a lot, and you have to be able to stand the cold, and you can't be squeamish around blood. We cut lots of muscles every day and it's not really for those with weak stomachs."

Vaughn says his freezer is always set to 34 degrees and he spends the whole work day there. He has spent 16 months working for Texas Roadhouse and this is his second time to compete.

Jose Zapata from Amarillo won the top meat cutter for the region. He will compete in Orlando for a grand prize of $20,000.

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