2015 Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest opens May 1

Written by Theresa Rose on April 22, 2015

(CLIVE, Iowa) April 21, 2015 – The Iowa Pork Producers Association is announcing its 13th annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest.

Pork tenderloin enthusiasts can submit nominations for their favorite beginning on May 1. Any café, restaurant or tavern that serves hand-breaded or battered pork tenderloins on its core menu is eligible to be nominated. Preference will be given to establishments that are open year-round. Restaurant owners and operators are prohibited from nominating their own establishment.

Nominations are limited to one per household. Forms are available at iowapork.org and in the May issue of the Iowa Pork Producer magazine. The deadline for nominations is June 8, 2015.

This year marks a change in the judging process of nominees. The top five restaurants with the most nominations from each of the eight IPPA districts will be judged. The IPPA Restaurant and Foodservice Committee reserves the right to add additional restaurants to the judging process as it sees fit.

“We’re thrilled to see this contest grow and love to see consumers supporting their favorite tenderloin sandwich, but with an increase in nominations it’s time to up the ante!” said IPPA Marketing and Programs Director Kelsey Sutter. “This new rule will also allow us to get a better representation from across the state.”

Representatives of the Iowa pork industry will judge the tenderloins on pork quality, taste, physical characteristics and eating experience.

One person who nominates the winning restaurant will win $100 from IPPA. The winning restaurant will receive $500, a plaque and banner to display in the establishment, statewide publicity and bragging rights for the year.

IPPA will announce the contest winner during October Pork Month.

The contest recognizes Iowa dining establishments that support the swine industry by putting pork on their menu.

Last year’s contest brought in nearly 1,900 nominations and a record 98 tenderloin sandwiches were judged on pork quality, taste, physical characteristics and eating experience. The 2014 contest winner was the Lucky Pig Pub and Grill in Ogden.