SCA History   

  The Steak Cookoff Association is dedicated to building the sport of steak cookoffs.  The SCA benefits both cook teams and cookoffs by implementing standardized rules and equal competitive opportunities for each team.

      Every cookteam likes to know the rules, know the judging tent is run with integrity, that payouts are guaranteed and that they have an equal opportunity to win.  So after a year of conversations and negotiations with some of the most influential leaders of the steak cookoff community, the SCA was created.  Now cookteams can be assured of a fair and well run cookoff when it is sanctioned by the SCA. All SCA sanctioned cookoffs will have a "SCA Representative" on site to run the judging area and be an ambassador to the cookteams.  The SCA Representative will be trained and know all the rules and regulations of an SCA cookoff.  

     SCA was founded in late 2013 by Brett Gallaway and Ken Phillips at the time there were only 9 steak cookoffs in the United States.  In 2014 SCA sanctioned 19 events, in 2015 SCA Sanctioned 47 events including Europe and Canada, 2016 SCA sanctioned 87 events and in 2017 SCA sanctioned 116 events with events in the US, Japan, Canada, Belgium, The Netherlands, The UK, Germany and Australia.   2018 is shaping up to be another great year with an estimated 180 events including new events in Austria, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, the Caribbean and New Zealand.  Join the excitement and help grow the sport of steak cookoffs.


Do I have to be a member of SCA to cook in a SCA event?

No, you do not need to be an SCA member to cook in an SCA Event.  You do need to be a member to earn any added money checks added to events.  You will also need to be a member to qualify for the SCA Championship, which features the best steak cookers in the world.

What is the typical set up for a team competing in SCA?

The most common set up is a 10 x 10 awning, six-foot table, grill, ice chest, radio and a couple of chairs.  

Can we bring our motor home to an event?

Most events are one-day events and do not have room for motor home or travel trailers. If there is room for them, it will specify so on the event page.

Why is there a 30-minute timeline in most cases?

This allows the teams to turn in their steak anytime during the window and helps spread out steaks for the judges, since steaks are judged as soon as they come into the judging area.

Do we have to be at the cooks meeting?

In SCA, the cooks meeting is important for a number of reasons.  Most important is that steak selection is done at the cooks meeting.  Should you miss the cooks meeting, you will be choosing your steaks from what is left over from steak selection.

Can we bring our own steak to compete with?

No. The promoter provides the steaks at all SCA events to provide a level playing field for all teams.

What is kind of cooker do we have to cook our steaks on?

In SCA events, you are free to use any type of cooker to cook your steaks.  However, each cooker must have his or her own fire source.

How many steaks do we get?

The promoter will provide each team with two steaks. You will cook both steaks and turn in the best one for judging.

What criteria is a steak judged on?

The steaks are judges on five criteria:  Appearance, Doneness, Texture, Taste and Overall Impression.  

What is steak selection?

It is the process by which the teams will select their competition steaks.  Initially done by a lottery, the teams then line up in numerical order from the lottery and choose their steaks. 

Are there water and electric hook ups at these events?

Water and electricity are not necessary for SCA events .  Some events do have limited amounts and it will be listed on the event page for that particular event.

What kind of judging does SCA use and who judges the events?

SCA utilizes a double blind judging process.  SCA utilizes SCA Certified Judges when possible.

How come some events do not let me sign up on the SCA website?

Some events choose to do their own registrations, so we will just post a link to the event website or a link to download their entry form.

Can we decorate our turn in boxes?

You cannot decorate the box when turning in your steak.  On ancillary categories, you may decorate the boxes with edible garnish. However, any garnish is not taken into consideration when judging Appearance.  The Appearance score is the appearance of the actual Steak, Burger, Wing, Appetizer or Dessert you turn in.

Who wins the SCA Championship rings?

We award two of the coveted SCA Rings each year.  The first goes to the SCA Points Champion for the year and the second goes to the winner of the SCA Championship Cookoff.

How do I qualify for the SCA Championship?

A.      The winner of every SCA sanctioned event will be invited to the SCA Championship Cookoff.  If the winner of the event is not a member at the time of their win, they will have until the following Monday at 8am to become a member.  If they do not become a member, the invitation will roll down to the highest placing member, no lower than 10th place.  If there are no teams eligible for the invite, the invite will then become an “At Large Bid”.  Should the winner already be qualified, the next team at the cookoff will get the invitation.

B.      Be in the top ten in the SCA Points Chase in the USA, Europe, or Australia.

C.   Be awarded an at large bid replacing a team that could not attend.  The At Large Bids are awarded to the next team in the SCA Points Chase after the top ten is added to the SCA World Championship-

SCA Rep Training Process

In order to protect the SCA Brand the core values of the SCA demand that we are represented by individuals that share our commitment to running professional events. To this end the SCA needs Judge Reps that are well trained and provide SCA sanctioned contest promoters/organizers, cook teams and judges with consistent representation. To achieve this a SCA Rep needs to know every facet of an SCA sanctioned contest. To ensure we meet this goal the below requirements to becoming an SCA Rep via the SCA Rep Trainee Program have been implemented:

1. Must be an SCA Member;

2. Must be an SCA Certified Judge;

3. Must have judged at least one SCA sanctioned contest;

4. Must sign a non-discloser and non-compete agreement;

4. Must shadow one of the Founders or established Rep designated by a Founder at an SCA sanctioned contest;

6. Must Rep an SCA sanctioned Contest shadowed by a Founder or Established Rep designated by a Founders;

6. After completing the above requirements, the SCA Rep Trainee and their performance will be evaluated by the Founders and either approved or denied as a Full Rep;

8. The Founders may also add remedial training in the form of Re-phasing the SCA Rep Trainee through any of the above requirements until the SCA Rep Trainee demonstrates that they meet the standards and expectations of the SCA Rep position as determined by the Founders.

*Training schedule can vary depending upon the experience level of the potential future SCA rep.

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