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Horton returns to semifinals of national meat cutting challenge

Carrie Horton advanced to the semifinals of the Texas Roadhouse National Meat Cutting Challenge.

Carrie Horton, Fargo, once again proved she is a cut above the competition by advancing to the semifinals of the Texas Roadhouse National Meat Cutting Challenge, held at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Feb. 24. 

As the only woman in the competition, Horton will compete against 23 other meat cutters for a chance at the title of Meat Cutter of the Year and $20,000.

The nationwide competition began with more than 200 meat cutters competing in the first-round events. Second- and third-round events whittled the competition to the remaining 24 in this semifinal round.

From there, seven finalists will compete at the 2011 Texas Roadhouse national conference, in Naples, Florida in April.

As a meat cutter, Horton is responsible for hand-cutting every steak that is served at Fargo's Texas Roadhouse. In an average year, she will cut about $1 million worth of meat, and spend seven to eight hours a day in the 35-degree walk-in cooler where she works, making sure the meat stays fresh.