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Local meat cutter competes in national competition

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local meat cutter is putting his skills to the test against 90 professionals from across the nation.

Andy Freiberger started working as a part-time line cook at Texas Roadhouse 10 years ago. It didn't take long before he found his way to meat room, and never left.

"Sirloin butts, one ribeye, one filet, and you have to cut so many different weights of each specific steak and they all have to be perfect," said Freiberger.

It's a challenge he's ready to face. Andy is competing in a meat cutting competition in just 10 days. Practice is built into his job, cutting meat 6 to 8 hours a day.

"But when you go to these competitions they get really picky and you have to be on your dimensions and make sure everything looks perfect," said Freiberger.

You only have 75 minutes to get it done. It starts with selection, finding the right meat to carve out a perfect steak.

"A little bit of it has to do with luck, what number you get what draw you get, and whether or not you find the specific piece of meat you're looking for," said Freiberger.

A little luck and a lot of skill, each delicate cut is a precise measurement. Andy only has .3 variance in weight or the meat goes to waste.

"It has a little bit to do with math and dimensions and the size of the steak you start with and the size of the steak you want in the end," said Freiberger.

And in the end, it's all about the sizzle of the steak and full flavor. But Andy is getting anxious with $20,000 on the line.

"It's really just about trying to relax and doing what you practice and doing what you do everyday without letting your nerves get to you," said Freiberger.

The Texas Roadhouse meat cutting competition takes place February 25th in Orlando.

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