Cutting through the competition in Florida

For the second time, Duluth’s Dan Willeck has won a slice of heaven — in 2011, he won an all-expenses-paid trip to Naples, Fla., and this year he’ll head to Amelia Island, Fla., for the championship round of the A1 National Meat Cutting Challenge. After competing against 86 other butchers in Orlando, Fla., last week, Willeck proved he’s a cut above the competition.

In April, Willeck will compete for a grand prize of $20,000 and the “Meat Cutter of the Year” title.

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

Just … brrr.

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