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Walmart Joins Food Sport Movement As Presenting Sponsor of WFC
Walmart, the world’s largest grocery retailer, is joining the world’s largest Food Sport event as the Official Retail Partner and Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 World Food Championships. MORE
Chef Katie Dixon Joins WFC’s Final Table Judging Panel
Chef Katie Dixon recipe for culinary success over the past few years has been quite impressive: restaurant owner, nutritional planner, Food Network star, and now a WFC Final Table judge. MORE
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  • SMOKIN’ ON THE PECOS


    in Artesia, NM on June 24, 2018

    We are pleased to announce that this year our event is a qualifying event for the World Food Championships. Our Grand Champion winner on Day 2 will qualify in the category of BBQ and receive a waived entry and a travel stipend. Our Dessert winner will qualify for the World Dessert Championship (no waived entry, no travel stipend). VIEW SITE
  • STURGIS BURGER BATTLE


    in Sturgis, SD on August 7-10, 2018

    500,000 riders, concert fanatics, and street-food enjoyers attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally every year. This year the event includes a Burger Battle that is a Preferred Qualifier for the World Burger Championship. The winner gets a waived entry and a travel stipend to make it to Orange Beach, AL in November. Come join the fun! VIEW SITE
  • ALABAMA FESTIVAL OF FLAVOR


    in Foley, AL on October 6-7, 2018

    The Festival of Flavor will give chefs an opportunity to qualify for the World Sandwich Championship that will take place in November at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The winner of the World Food Championships will receive $100,000 in cash and prizes and be named The World Food Champion! The Chamber and the Festival of Flavor are proud to be a qualifying host of the event! The Festival of Flavor will be held on October 7 and will be open to the public. The festival will have sample tastes not only from competing Chefs, but also from local breweries, wineries, restaurants, mom-and-pop shops and so much more. VIEW SITE
  • JUBILEE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS


    in Daphne, AL on September 29-30, 2018

    The Jubilee Festival is held the last full weekend in September and takes place on the streets of Olde Towne Daphne. Now in its 30th year, the Festival is a celebration of the arts, the city of Daphne and the Jubilee spirit. This year, we will incorporate more than fine arts. The performing arts, the spirit of the Southern Maker and the culinary arts are an integral element of the Jubilee Festival. Nearly 15,000 patrons from along the gulf coast attend this event every year. The festival hosts more than 100 artisans. We're excited to offer two opportunities to win Golden Tickets -- one for the World Chef Challenge and one for the World Sandwich Championship. VIEW SITE
  • THE TASTE


    in Inverness, FL on April 18, 2018

    This event is a partnership event with the City of Inverness and the Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) that started as a local food tasting event in 2006. Today the event is a Preferred Qualifier for the World Food Championships, the largest and highly-renowned food competition for chefs. Attendees can join in the Citrus County Beer Experience, which brings top Florida breweries under one tent. This event expects 30 top regional chefs to compete, and showcase their cooking talents at the event. This event welcomes professionals to sell their food to the attendees in two ways: (1) a bite-size menu item(s); and (2) entrée size menu item(s). Competitors are required to prepare on-site in a tent or food truck. The winning chef receives a waived entry to the World Chef Challenge in November and a travel stipend to help them get to Orange Beach, AL. VIEW SITE
  • DOMINICAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS


    in Santo Domingo, - September 2018

    The Dominican Food Championships will qualify five competitors for the World Food Championships. Located in the beautiful Dominican Republic, we welcome these winners to compete in the biggest food competition on the planet. VIEW SITE
  • BACON BASH


    in River Falls, WI on September 15-16, 2018

    Celebrate all things bacon! Held in River Falls, WI – just 30 minutes east of St. Paul – Bacon Bash is the largest free bacon festival in the U.S. where over 12,000 attendees are expected in 2018. The winner of the Bacon Bash Cook-Off Competition will receive a Golden Ticket and paid entry to the World Food Championships along with a $1,000 travel stipend. Bacon Bash is a two-day, family-friendly event featuring a variety of bacon-inspired food booths, cook-off competitions, pig-themed activities for the entire family, live music, an arts and crafts fair, local microbrews, and much more! VIEW SITE
  • JUBILEE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS


    in Daphne, AL on September 29-30, 2018

    The Jubilee Festival is held the last full weekend in September and takes place on the streets of Olde Towne Daphne. Now in its 30th year, the Festival is a celebration of the arts, the city of Daphne and the Jubilee spirit. This year, we will incorporate more than fine arts. The performing arts, the spirit of the Southern Maker and the culinary arts are an integral element of the Jubilee Festival. Nearly 15,000 patrons from along the gulf coast attend this event every year. The festival hosts more than 100 artisans. We're excited to offer two opportunities to win Golden Tickets -- one for the World Chef Challenge and one for the World Sandwich Championship. VIEW SITE
  • ALABAMA SEAFOOD COOK-OFF


    in Orange Beach, AL - May 2018

    Alabama Gulf Seafood is searching for its 2018 Alabama Seafood Cook-Off champion. Finalists will be announced in late April. The 4th annual event will happen at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The winner of the May event will go on to represent the state of Alabama in the 15th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off (GASCO) in New Orleans, Louisiana, and will be qualified to compete in the 2018 World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • THE WHARF UNCORKED


    in Orange Beach, AL on September 13, 2018

    The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival features tastings of delicious food and tantalizing wines, demos from renowned chefs, live and silent auctions benefiting Make-A-Wish® Alabama, wine auctions and sales and more! Some of the top chefs on the Gulf Coast will put their skills to the test in our cooking competitions. It’s a fun weekend of wining and dining at The Wharf and the winning chef will receive a Golden Ticket to the World Seafood Championship. VIEW SITE
  • GULF COAST CHILI COOK-OFF


    in Biloxi, MS on April 28, 2018

    This year’s Cookoff event returns as a Preferred Qualifier for the 2018 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL. To register a team to compete, or to register as a vendor or 5K run participant, Visit http://www.gulfcoastchilicookoff.com or email Dynne.Easterling@mgccc.edu. Cookoff starts at 3PM. Admission and chili tasting tickets are $10 each and can also be purchased online or at the event. Like our Facebook Page “Gulf Coast Chili Cook Off” for updates. VIEW SITE
  • BBQ GIVES BACK


    in Urbanna, VA on March 23-24, 2018

    On March 23-24, 2018, the BBQ Gives Back contest will crown THREE GRAND CHAMPIONS: the KCBS contest Grand Champion, the 2017 Virginia Grands Champion, and the 2017 MABA Cup Grand Champion. This contest helps support Team Thanksgiving and gives a monetary donation to Operation BBQ Relief. The Golden Ticket for the BBQ Gives Back - KCBS Grand Champion receives a waived entry fee and travel stipend for the 2018 World Barbecue Championship. VIEW SITE
  • MICHIGAN APPLE RECIPE CONTEST


    in Lansing, MI on January 24, 2018

    The Michigan Apple Committee has sponsored the annual Michigan Apple Recipe Contest in Frankenmuth during Zehnder’s Snowfest for more than a decade. This year, the Apple Recipe Contest features desserts. Prizes are awarded in each category for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and the 1st place winner will also get a Golden Ticket to the 2018 World Dessert Championship. The Michigan Apple Committee sponsors this contest to celebrate the flavor and versatility of apples as an ingredient in many dishes. VIEW SITE
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  • Ann Jones

    2017 World Dessert Champion

    Ann Jones experienced a sweet victory at the World Food Championships last month in Orange Beach, Alabama as she took home the World Dessert Championship title. But the story doesn’t end there. In fact, it’s even richer than the prize purse that she earned in the process. Turns out that it was a family victory of the sweetest kind.
    READ MORE

  • Mike Callaghan

    2017 World Recipe Champion

    It took six years, but Mike Callaghan is not complaining. In fact, this Canadian cook — the only person to make a Top 10 appearance in all five previous championships of WFC — is now a living example of how persistence and performance truly can pay off.
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  • Craig Baker

    2017 World Chef Champion

    “Go big or go home” is competitor Craig Baker’s strategy when it comes to competing in the world’s Ultimate Food Fight. Turns out that this Indianapolis restaurant owner did both...as he took home the big prize after executing a “big game plan” in Orange Beach, Alabama, where he was awarded the title of the 2017 World Chef Champion.
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  • Kim Banick

    2017 World Seafood Champion

    Kim Banick set out this year to represent the female home cooks on the world’s largest Food Sport stage. Many people question her choice of competing in a category mostly comprised of men and professional chefs, and that wasn’t missed by this multi-year competitor.
    READ MORE

  • Rebecka Evans

    2017 World Bacon Champion

    Rebecka Evans from Houston, Texas, knows how to bring home the bacon, $10,000 worth that is! The stay-at-home mom and self-taught home cook was named the 2017 World Bacon Champion title and awarded a $10,000 prize package for her Dutch Crunch Baby Pancakes at the World Food Championships, which was held Nov 8-12 at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala.
    READ MORE

  • Lisa Gwatney

    2017 World Steak Champion

    Raised in a big Italian family where food was at the heart of everything, home cook Lisa Gwatney is quite comfortable in the kitchen. However, competing in the largest Food Sport competition proved to be quite intimidating for the Memphis, Tenn., native. So intimidating in fact, she almost didn’t compete at all.
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  • Tommy Shive

    2017 World Burger Champion

    They say “patience is a virtue.” For one Memphis chef, it’s also a path to victory.
    READ MORE

  • Acie Vincent

    2017 World Sandwich Champion

    With three years of World Food Championships experience under his belt, Chef Acie Vincent from Oviedo, Fla., cinched up his expectation for 2017 and set his sights on a Top Ten finish. His vision was crystal clear….in fact, it was spot on perfect.
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  • Liz Kraatz

    2017 World Chili Champion

    What does it take to defend a World Chili title at the World Food Championships? Apparently, it requires a major amount of commitment and consistency - and perhaps a touch of confection!
    READ MORE

  • Fred Robles

    2017 World Barbecue Champion

    In his first appearance at the World Food Championships, Pitmaster Fred Robles of Team Rio Valley Meat advanced through the first Dual Duel BBQ Sanctioned Challenge at WFC to take home the World Barbecue Champ title.
    READ MORE

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WFC Seeks Applications for 2017 Media Summit.

Who’s ready to sink their teeth into the World Food Championships’ 2017 Media Summit? Refined and revamped from three years of success, this year’s Summit will host 20 of the best Food Writers/Bloggers from around the world as they get to experience Food Sport up close and personal like never before.

From daily pre-game briefings to on-the-field integration, selected Media will be located in the heart of the action as the World’s largest Food Sport competition unfolds Nov. 8-12 in Orange Beach, Ala.

Apply Now
Topping The
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Walmart Joins Food Sport Movement As Presenting Sponsor of WFC
Walmart, the world’s largest grocery retailer, is joining the world’s largest Food Sport event as the Official Retail Partner and Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 World Food Championships. MORE
Chef Katie Dixon Joins WFC’s Final Table Judging Panel
Chef Katie Dixon recipe for culinary success over the past few years has been quite impressive: restaurant owner, nutritional planner, Food Network star, and now a WFC Final Table judge. MORE
See All
Elite
Qualifiers
  • SMOKIN’ ON THE PECOS


    in Artesia, NM on June 24, 2018

    We are pleased to announce that this year our event is a qualifying event for the World Food Championships. Our Grand Champion winner on Day 2 will qualify in the category of BBQ and receive a waived entry and a travel stipend. Our Dessert winner will qualify for the World Dessert Championship (no waived entry, no travel stipend). VIEW SITE
  • STURGIS BURGER BATTLE


    in Sturgis, SD on August 7-10, 2018

    500,000 riders, concert fanatics, and street-food enjoyers attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally every year. This year the event includes a Burger Battle that is a Preferred Qualifier for the World Burger Championship. The winner gets a waived entry and a travel stipend to make it to Orange Beach, AL in November. Come join the fun! VIEW SITE
  • ALABAMA FESTIVAL OF FLAVOR


    in Foley, AL on October 6-7, 2018

    The Festival of Flavor will give chefs an opportunity to qualify for the World Sandwich Championship that will take place in November at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The winner of the World Food Championships will receive $100,000 in cash and prizes and be named The World Food Champion! The Chamber and the Festival of Flavor are proud to be a qualifying host of the event! The Festival of Flavor will be held on October 7 and will be open to the public. The festival will have sample tastes not only from competing Chefs, but also from local breweries, wineries, restaurants, mom-and-pop shops and so much more. VIEW SITE
  • JUBILEE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS


    in Daphne, AL on September 29-30, 2018

    The Jubilee Festival is held the last full weekend in September and takes place on the streets of Olde Towne Daphne. Now in its 30th year, the Festival is a celebration of the arts, the city of Daphne and the Jubilee spirit. This year, we will incorporate more than fine arts. The performing arts, the spirit of the Southern Maker and the culinary arts are an integral element of the Jubilee Festival. Nearly 15,000 patrons from along the gulf coast attend this event every year. The festival hosts more than 100 artisans. We're excited to offer two opportunities to win Golden Tickets -- one for the World Chef Challenge and one for the World Sandwich Championship. VIEW SITE
  • THE TASTE


    in Inverness, FL on April 18, 2018

    This event is a partnership event with the City of Inverness and the Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) that started as a local food tasting event in 2006. Today the event is a Preferred Qualifier for the World Food Championships, the largest and highly-renowned food competition for chefs. Attendees can join in the Citrus County Beer Experience, which brings top Florida breweries under one tent. This event expects 30 top regional chefs to compete, and showcase their cooking talents at the event. This event welcomes professionals to sell their food to the attendees in two ways: (1) a bite-size menu item(s); and (2) entrée size menu item(s). Competitors are required to prepare on-site in a tent or food truck. The winning chef receives a waived entry to the World Chef Challenge in November and a travel stipend to help them get to Orange Beach, AL. VIEW SITE
  • DOMINICAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS


    in Santo Domingo, - September 2018

    The Dominican Food Championships will qualify five competitors for the World Food Championships. Located in the beautiful Dominican Republic, we welcome these winners to compete in the biggest food competition on the planet. VIEW SITE
  • BACON BASH


    in River Falls, WI on September 15-16, 2018

    Celebrate all things bacon! Held in River Falls, WI – just 30 minutes east of St. Paul – Bacon Bash is the largest free bacon festival in the U.S. where over 12,000 attendees are expected in 2018. The winner of the Bacon Bash Cook-Off Competition will receive a Golden Ticket and paid entry to the World Food Championships along with a $1,000 travel stipend. Bacon Bash is a two-day, family-friendly event featuring a variety of bacon-inspired food booths, cook-off competitions, pig-themed activities for the entire family, live music, an arts and crafts fair, local microbrews, and much more! VIEW SITE
  • JUBILEE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS


    in Daphne, AL on September 29-30, 2018

    The Jubilee Festival is held the last full weekend in September and takes place on the streets of Olde Towne Daphne. Now in its 30th year, the Festival is a celebration of the arts, the city of Daphne and the Jubilee spirit. This year, we will incorporate more than fine arts. The performing arts, the spirit of the Southern Maker and the culinary arts are an integral element of the Jubilee Festival. Nearly 15,000 patrons from along the gulf coast attend this event every year. The festival hosts more than 100 artisans. We're excited to offer two opportunities to win Golden Tickets -- one for the World Chef Challenge and one for the World Sandwich Championship. VIEW SITE
  • ALABAMA SEAFOOD COOK-OFF


    in Orange Beach, AL - May 2018

    Alabama Gulf Seafood is searching for its 2018 Alabama Seafood Cook-Off champion. Finalists will be announced in late April. The 4th annual event will happen at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The winner of the May event will go on to represent the state of Alabama in the 15th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off (GASCO) in New Orleans, Louisiana, and will be qualified to compete in the 2018 World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • THE WHARF UNCORKED


    in Orange Beach, AL on September 13, 2018

    The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival features tastings of delicious food and tantalizing wines, demos from renowned chefs, live and silent auctions benefiting Make-A-Wish® Alabama, wine auctions and sales and more! Some of the top chefs on the Gulf Coast will put their skills to the test in our cooking competitions. It’s a fun weekend of wining and dining at The Wharf and the winning chef will receive a Golden Ticket to the World Seafood Championship. VIEW SITE
  • GULF COAST CHILI COOK-OFF


    in Biloxi, MS on April 28, 2018

    This year’s Cookoff event returns as a Preferred Qualifier for the 2018 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL. To register a team to compete, or to register as a vendor or 5K run participant, Visit http://www.gulfcoastchilicookoff.com or email Dynne.Easterling@mgccc.edu. Cookoff starts at 3PM. Admission and chili tasting tickets are $10 each and can also be purchased online or at the event. Like our Facebook Page “Gulf Coast Chili Cook Off” for updates. VIEW SITE
  • BBQ GIVES BACK


    in Urbanna, VA on March 23-24, 2018

    On March 23-24, 2018, the BBQ Gives Back contest will crown THREE GRAND CHAMPIONS: the KCBS contest Grand Champion, the 2017 Virginia Grands Champion, and the 2017 MABA Cup Grand Champion. This contest helps support Team Thanksgiving and gives a monetary donation to Operation BBQ Relief. The Golden Ticket for the BBQ Gives Back - KCBS Grand Champion receives a waived entry fee and travel stipend for the 2018 World Barbecue Championship. VIEW SITE
  • MICHIGAN APPLE RECIPE CONTEST


    in Lansing, MI on January 24, 2018

    The Michigan Apple Committee has sponsored the annual Michigan Apple Recipe Contest in Frankenmuth during Zehnder’s Snowfest for more than a decade. This year, the Apple Recipe Contest features desserts. Prizes are awarded in each category for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and the 1st place winner will also get a Golden Ticket to the 2018 World Dessert Championship. The Michigan Apple Committee sponsors this contest to celebrate the flavor and versatility of apples as an ingredient in many dishes. VIEW SITE
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Meet The
Champions

Ann Jones

2017 World Dessert Champion

Ann Jones experienced a sweet victory at the World Food Championships last month in Orange Beach, Alabama as she took home the World Dessert Championship title. But the story doesn’t end there. In fact, it’s even richer than the prize purse that she earned in the process. Turns out that it was a family victory of the sweetest kind.
READ MORE

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Calling All
FOOD MEDIA

WFC Seeks Applications for 2017 Media Summit.

Who’s ready to sink their teeth into the World Food Championships’ 2017 Media Summit? Refined and revamped from three years of success, this year’s Summit will host 20 of the best Food Writers/Bloggers from around the world as they get to experience Food Sport up close and personal like never before.

From daily pre-game briefings to on-the-field integration, selected Media will be located in the heart of the action as the World’s largest Food Sport competition unfolds Nov. 8-12 in Orange Beach, Ala.

Apply Now

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