Steak Competition on Lake Murray Turned Up the Heat for National Television

October 4, 2023

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Columbia, S.C. – BAMA-Q TV’s “Grilling on the Lake” steak cookoff took place at the Lexington Lake Murray Dam Public Park, September 29-30, 2023. The event was hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board (CCLMC) and is a sanctioned Steak Cookoff Association’s World Championship Qualifying event. Beautiful Lake Murray provided the perfect backdrop for this nationally televised food sport competition.

This thrilling two-day grilling extravaganza brought together Chefs from across the country including North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. The event began on Friday with the exciting “Cook What You Catch” grilling event. Local Boat Captains, Lee Thomas and Dale Gossett took the Chefs out on the water. The participants then had to demonstrate their skills by showcasing dishes prepared with their freshly caught striped bass. Catherine Alford Noble (Tennessee) took home first place.

The heat turned up on Saturday with exhilarating events that delighted judges. The schedule included a highly anticipated steak cookoff, where the participants showcased their expertise in grilling the perfect steak. Tim Coble (North Carolina) won first place in the Steak A competition. Russell Wright (Georgia) won the Steak B competition, with Chuck Register (North Carolina) claiming the People’s Choice Award for his steak. Catherine Alford Noble won another award in the “Anything Peanut” challenge for her Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich. Finally, Kala Thomas (North Carolina)  took home the winning prize for her Peach Cobbler Cheesecake Bars, in the peach cobbler showdown.

The nationally televised show is set to premiere in early 2024 on Bama-Q TV, available on Roku TV, Glewed TV, YouTube, DB TV, Heartland, Action Channel, The Family Channel, and RCN Television. Shorter snippets of the show will premiere leading up to the full premiere on Bama-Q and Capital City/Lake Murray Country’s social media networks.


About Bama-Q:

Bama-Q is a TV show dedicated to the world of ‘Food Sport”. In their first four years, the crew covered BBQ competitions throughout the Southeastern US. Along the way, their family of Pitmasters, chefs, and personalities served up great BBQ, side dishes, and cooking tips for folks to try at home. Beginning in 2021, Bama-Q and Alabama Coasting joined the Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) and created the Bama-Q Grilling Challenge Series.

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About Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board:

CCLMC is the official source for all things Lake Murray Country. To plan your next trip, find information on attractions, dining, hotels, outdoor recreation, fishing, golf, and events. Explore The Top Southern Destinations of Columbia, Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Saluda. For more information about CCLMC, visit LakeMurrayCountry.com or call 803-781-5940 | 1-866-SC-Jewel.

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