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The Rookery in downtown Macon is one of four locations in the running for the "best beef in Georgia."

Emily Ellyn, who was on Next Food Network Star with a 50s "retro rad" cooking theme, partnered with the Georgia Cattlemen's Association for the contest, which is making stops in Macon, Augusta, Savannah and Athens.

At the Rookery, Ellyn tried some of the Rookery's specials including the 'Allman Burger.' The event was also a way to promote the use of local beef. The Rookery makes a point to use beef from the Rocking Chair Ranch in nearby Forsyth.

Roger Riddle, who works for the Rookery, says he's glad people are taking notice of their local products. "We strive to be as local as possible when it comes to the food we serve here, so to have other people already know what we're doing locally and to be excited about it, fans the flames even that much more for us."

The winning beef will be featured in the Georgia Cattlemen's magazine. The group also says June will be Georgia Beef Month.

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