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WFC Releases Registration Dates and Initial List of Qualifying Events For 2024
On the heels of this week’s exciting announcement about its move to Indianapolis, the World Food Championships (WFC) has just announced its initial list of official qualifying events and partners for this year’s tournament. Registration for teams who earn their qualification through any of this year’s “gateway” events will open on March 15, 2024. MORE
WFC Revs Up For 2024 With New Host City
INDIANAPOLIS — Food champs will be racing to Food Sport’s finish line like never before in 2024. That’s because the World Food Championships just announced that it is shifting gears and taking its Main Event this November to Indianapolis, a city recognized internationally as the “racing capital of the world.” MORE
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  • BaconFest MKE


    in Milwaukee, WI on February 25, 2024

    Bacon Mac & Cheese. Bacon smashed sliders. Bacon stuffed meatballs. Bacon rice crispies treats. Bacon jalapeno poppers. Bacon. More bacon. Sound like foods you’d like in your belly? If so, 102.9 The Hog's Baconfest MKE is for you. The 12th annual event, presented by Farmland and Patrick Cudahy, returns to Potawatomi Casino Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for another year of meatastic gluttony. PLUS select restaurants will compete for a 2024 Golden Ticket into the Bacon Category! VIEW SITE
  • The Gulf Coast Beer, Bacon & BBQ Festival


    in Gulfport, MS on March 2, 2024

    The Gulf Coast Beer, Bacon & BBQ Festival is held at the Hollywood Warehouse where they build movie sets and props and is the perfect backdrop for our event. We sell out each year with over 600 tickets and over 100 vendors and volunteers. Our event is a coast favorite and we have the best time showcasing some of the best Breweries, Restaurants and Chefs that the Coast has to offer. This year's winners in the Bacon and BBQ contests will receive a Golden Ticket to compete at the 2024 World Food Championships! VIEW SITE
  • The Truffle Masters


    in Houston, TX on March 4, 2024

    Celebrating 10 years in 2024, The Truffle Masters will host 30 top Houston chefs as they battle it out using one super-lux ingredient – the black truffle. VIEW SITE
  • Taste of Lake Murray


    in Columbia, SC on March 21, 2024

    The Lake Murray Country Region’s most popular “Party With A Purpose” is set for March 21, 2024, at the DoubleTree by Hilton! Dance the night away while listening to music from The Voltage Brothers on the main stage and Under the Sun on the outdoor stage. Sample flavors from around the region and vote for your favorite chef to join Team Lake Murray Country at the World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • Iron Fork


    in Nashville, TN on April 4, 2024

    The Nashville Scene’s 15th Annual Iron Fork, presented by US Foods, returns with top chefs from Music City's best restaurants battling it out to vie for the coveted Iron Fork Champions trophy and entry to the 2024 World Food Championships. This year's catch? All of our competitors have already won Iron Fork before... and now they'll compete as the best of the best to be crowned the Ultimate Iron Fork Champion! VIEW SITE
  • SmokeSlam


    in Memphis, TN on May 16-18, 2024

    ATTENTION BBQ TEAMS - WHO WANTS THAT CROWN? Is it a heavyweight championship competition? A concert? A carnival? A battle royale for braggin’ rights and big bucks? A celebration of all things Q? The best three days of your life? For fans of smoked meat and good times, the answer is all of the above. SmokeSlam will be a barbecue festival like no other – serious about competition and making the event a great experience for teams and guests alike. VIEW SITE
  • Southeastern BBQ Showdown


    in Columbia, SC on June 15, 2024

    On Saturday, June 15, 30 BBQ teams from across the competition BBQ world will cook and provide samples to the public. One team will win a golden ticket into 2024 World Barbecue Championship! VIEW SITE
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  • Robert Smith

    2021 World Barbecue Champion

    Pitmaster Robert Smith entered the World Food Championships’ (WFC) 9th Annual Main Event at its newest location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, looking to land a respectable Top Ten finish in the barbecue category. Turns out he left Dallas with a smokin’ prize — $7,500 in winnings and the title of 2021 World Barbecue Champion, which gives him a seat at WFC’s $100,000 Final Table Challenge this April...
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  • Mike Johnson

    2021 World Burger Champion

    Competition cook Mike Johnson entered the World Food Championships’ (WFC) 9th Annual Main Event at its newest location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, as a seasoned competitor looking to land a respectable Top Ten finish in the burger category. Turns out he left Dallas with the most coveted prize of all — $7,500 in winnings and the title of 2021 World Burger Champion, which gives her a seat at WFC’s $...
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  • Jack MacMurray

    2021 World Bacon Champion

    Competition Chef Jack MacMurray entered the World Food Championships’ (WFC) 9th Annual Main Event at its newest location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, looking to land a respectable Top Ten finish in the bacon category. Turns out he left Dallas with the most coveted prize of all — $7,500 in winnings and the title of 2021 World Bacon Champion, which gives her a seat at WFC’s $100,000 Final Table Chall...
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  • Lori McLain

    2021 World Soup Champion

    Home Cook Lori McLain was one of 67 Texans who convened at Fair Park in Dallas for the 9th Annual World Food Championships looking to land a respectable Top Ten finish among the competition’s ten categories. The seasoned competitor scooped up the most coveted prize of all –– $7,500 in winnings and the title of 2021 World Soup Champion, which gives her a seat at WFC’s $100,000 Final Table Challenge t...
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  • Sunny Moody

    2021 World Steak Champion

    Grillmaster Sunny Moody entered the World Food Championships’ (WFC) 9th Annual Main Event at its newest location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, as a rookie looking to land a respectable Top Ten finish in the steak category. Turns out she left Dallas with a “sear”ious prize — $7,500 in winnings and the title of 2021 World Steak Champion, which gives her a seat at WFC’s $100,000 Final Table Challen...
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  • Carol Koty

    2021 World Seafood Champion

    Professional Chef Carol Koty entered the World Food Championships’ (WFC) 9th Annual Main Event at its newest location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, as a seasoned competitor looking to land a respectable Top Ten finish in the seafood category. Turns out she reeled in the most coveted prize of all — $7,500 in winnings and the title of 2021 World Seafood Champion, which gives her a seat at WFC’s $100,0...
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  • Carol Koty

    2021 World Seafood Champion

    Professional Chef Carol Koty entered the World Food Championships’ (WFC) 9th Annual Main Event at its newest location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, as a seasoned competitor looking to land a respectable Top Ten finish in the seafood category. Turns out she reeled in the most coveted prize of all — $7,500 in winnings and the title of 2021 World Seafood Champion, which gives her a seat at WFC’s $100,0...
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  • Liz Waters

    2021 World Recipe Champion

    Competition cook Liz Waters entered the World Food Championships’ (WFC) 9th Annual Main Event at its newest location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, as a seasoned competitor looking to land a respectable Top Ten finish in the recipe category. Turns out she left Dallas with the most coveted prize of all — $7,500 in winnings and the title of 2021 World Recipe Champion, which gives her a seat at WFC’s $1...
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  • Acie Vincent

    2021 World Sandwich Champion

    It’s not Texas Hold’em, but Chef Acie Vincent left Dallas, Texas, with two “Acies” in his pocket as he was just crowned a two-time World Sandwich Champion at the the largest Food Sport event –- World Food Championships (WFC).
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  • Preston Nguyen

    2021 World Chef Champion

    Chef Preston Nguyen entered the World Food Championships’ (WFC) 9th Annual Main Event at its newest location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, as a rookie competitor looking to land a respectable Top Ten finish in the chef category. Turns out he left Dallas with the most coveted prize of all — $7,500 in winnings and the title of 2021 World Chef Champion, which gives him a seat at WFC’s $100,000 Final Ta...
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  • Evette Rahman

    2021 World Dessert Champion

    Professional Baker Evette Rahman entered the World Food Championships’ (WFC) 9th Annual Main Event at its newest location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, with a “BIG” target on her back as she prepared to defend her reigning World Dessert Champion title. Not only did she succeed in being crowned a consecutive-year champion, but she has broken records being named the only competitor to ever become a thr...
    READ MORE

  • Lori McLain

    2021 World Soup Champion

    Home Cook Lori McLain was one of 67 Texans who convened at Fair Park in Dallas for the 9th Annual World Food Championships looking to land a respectable Top Ten finish among the competition’s ten categories. The seasoned competitor scooped up the most coveted prize of all –– $7,500 in winnings and the title of 2021 World Soup Champion, which gives her a seat at WFC’s $100,000 Final Table Challenge n...
    READ MORE

  • Evette Rahman

    2021 World Dessert Champion

    Professional Baker Evette Rahman entered the World Food Championships’ (WFC) 9th Annual Main Event at its newest location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, with a “BIG” target on her back as she prepared to defend her reigning World Dessert Champion title. Not only did she succeed in being crowned a consecutive-year champion, but she has broken records being named the only competitor to ever become a thr...
    READ MORE

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Become an Official WFC State Partner!

The World Food Championships (WFC) has appointed tourism marketing veteran, Larry D. Dickerson, to oversee the execution of the event’s state partnership initiative. The focus of the new initiative is to develop and foster culinary talent for the competition, raise awareness of culinary offerings within individual states and promote food tourism across the country. 

Click here to learn more about becoming an Official WFC State Partner.
Topping The
News
WFC Releases Registration Dates and Initial List of Qualifying Events For 2024
On the heels of this week’s exciting announcement about its move to Indianapolis, the World Food Championships (WFC) has just announced its initial list of official qualifying events and partners for this year’s tournament. Registration for teams who earn their qualification through any of this year’s “gateway” events will open on March 15, 2024. MORE
WFC Revs Up For 2024 With New Host City
INDIANAPOLIS — Food champs will be racing to Food Sport’s finish line like never before in 2024. That’s because the World Food Championships just announced that it is shifting gears and taking its Main Event this November to Indianapolis, a city recognized internationally as the “racing capital of the world.” MORE
See All
Elite
Qualifiers
  • BaconFest MKE


    in Milwaukee, WI on February 25, 2024

    Bacon Mac & Cheese. Bacon smashed sliders. Bacon stuffed meatballs. Bacon rice crispies treats. Bacon jalapeno poppers. Bacon. More bacon. Sound like foods you’d like in your belly? If so, 102.9 The Hog's Baconfest MKE is for you. The 12th annual event, presented by Farmland and Patrick Cudahy, returns to Potawatomi Casino Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for another year of meatastic gluttony. PLUS select restaurants will compete for a 2024 Golden Ticket into the Bacon Category! VIEW SITE
  • The Gulf Coast Beer, Bacon & BBQ Festival


    in Gulfport, MS on March 2, 2024

    The Gulf Coast Beer, Bacon & BBQ Festival is held at the Hollywood Warehouse where they build movie sets and props and is the perfect backdrop for our event. We sell out each year with over 600 tickets and over 100 vendors and volunteers. Our event is a coast favorite and we have the best time showcasing some of the best Breweries, Restaurants and Chefs that the Coast has to offer. This year's winners in the Bacon and BBQ contests will receive a Golden Ticket to compete at the 2024 World Food Championships! VIEW SITE
  • The Truffle Masters


    in Houston, TX on March 4, 2024

    Celebrating 10 years in 2024, The Truffle Masters will host 30 top Houston chefs as they battle it out using one super-lux ingredient – the black truffle. VIEW SITE
  • Taste of Lake Murray


    in Columbia, SC on March 21, 2024

    The Lake Murray Country Region’s most popular “Party With A Purpose” is set for March 21, 2024, at the DoubleTree by Hilton! Dance the night away while listening to music from The Voltage Brothers on the main stage and Under the Sun on the outdoor stage. Sample flavors from around the region and vote for your favorite chef to join Team Lake Murray Country at the World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • Iron Fork


    in Nashville, TN on April 4, 2024

    The Nashville Scene’s 15th Annual Iron Fork, presented by US Foods, returns with top chefs from Music City's best restaurants battling it out to vie for the coveted Iron Fork Champions trophy and entry to the 2024 World Food Championships. This year's catch? All of our competitors have already won Iron Fork before... and now they'll compete as the best of the best to be crowned the Ultimate Iron Fork Champion! VIEW SITE
  • SmokeSlam


    in Memphis, TN on May 16-18, 2024

    ATTENTION BBQ TEAMS - WHO WANTS THAT CROWN? Is it a heavyweight championship competition? A concert? A carnival? A battle royale for braggin’ rights and big bucks? A celebration of all things Q? The best three days of your life? For fans of smoked meat and good times, the answer is all of the above. SmokeSlam will be a barbecue festival like no other – serious about competition and making the event a great experience for teams and guests alike. VIEW SITE
  • Southeastern BBQ Showdown


    in Columbia, SC on June 15, 2024

    On Saturday, June 15, 30 BBQ teams from across the competition BBQ world will cook and provide samples to the public. One team will win a golden ticket into 2024 World Barbecue Championship! VIEW SITE
See All
Meet The
Champions

Robert Smith

2021 World Barbecue Champion

Pitmaster Robert Smith entered the World Food Championships’ (WFC) 9th Annual Main Event at its newest location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, looking to land a respectable Top Ten finish in the barbecue category. Turns out he left Dallas with a smokin’ prize — $7,500 in winnings and the title of 2021 World Barbecue Champion, which gives him a seat at WFC’s $100,000 Final Table Challenge this April...
READ MORE

See All
Join Our
State Program

Become an Official WFC State Partner!

The World Food Championships (WFC) has appointed tourism marketing veteran, Larry D. Dickerson, to oversee the execution of the event’s state partnership initiative. The focus of the new initiative is to develop and foster culinary talent for the competition, raise awareness of culinary offerings within individual states and promote food tourism across the country. 

Click here to learn more about becoming an Official WFC State Partner.

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