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NOVEMBER 7-9, 2013

The origins of desserts can be traced back to the dawn of civilized man. From its humble beginnings as fruits and honeycomb to ice cream, tiramisu and chocolate cupcakes, dessert is a food gift that has never stopped giving. People’s love for their desserts is marked throughout time and is as constant as warm apple pie.

The World Dessert Championship will pit 50 of the world’s best dessert designers against each other for the title of World Dessert Champion. Home cooks, restaurateurs and chefs will all compete to see whose cuisine reigns supreme. The champion will then take their best shot to the Final Table for a chance to win the World Food Championship.


Competition Structure

In 2013, the World Food Championships is unveiling a “tournament-style” cook-off process for all of its category competitions.  The competition structure will be split into multiple rounds, including an opening “Challenger” round, a Category Finals round with each category champion advancing to the Final Table.

Competition Schedule & RULES

Competition schedule, rules and structure are defined in the COMPETITOR PACKET linked above.

The World Dessert Championship will be limited to the first 50 entrants who are fully qualified, registered and confirmed. Any qualified entrant who wants to compete after the field is full must seek a special exemption from the WFC competition committee. 

The entry fee for the World Dessert Championship is $150, per competitor/team. The registration period for the World Food Championships will begin on April 15 and end on October 22, 2013.

WFC Qualifying Events 

As of this announcement, the following events have been identified as Automatic Qualifiers into the World Dessert Championship.

Pastry Live - Signature Plated Dessert Competition

Sugar Philly Dessert Competition

Rockport Fulton - Just Desserts

NCACS Cupcake Challenge

National Pie Championship 2013 - Amateur

National Pie Championship 2013 - Professional

OC Fair - Best of Show (Dessert Category)

Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival - Cheesecake Contest

National Cupcake Championships

Kozy Shack Recipe Showdown 3

Karolina Chocolate Recipe Contest

Utah State Fair Chocolate Championship

LA County Fair Cheesecake Contest

Made Just Right Holiday Bake-off - Cupcake

Taste of Home - Pies and Tarts

Auntie Anne's Baking Kit Recipe Contest

Taste of Home - Cakes and Cupcakes

Scharffen Berger The Chocolate Adventure Contest

Atlanta BBQ Festival - (Dessert Category)

Grillstock - Manchester (Dessert Category)

Grillstock- Bristol (Dessert Category)

Grill Games - Dessert

Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest 

NEBS Polish BBQ Battle (Dessert Category)

Taste of Home Cakes and Cupcakes

Las Vegas Cupcake Bakeoff 

Bob's Red Mill Spar for the Spurtle  


Additional qualifying events and opportunities, including a possible Wild Card entry process, will be announced in the future and added to this list. Check back here for the latest information.

If a contest or competition winner is unable to accept the invitation and participate in The World Food Championships, invitations will be extended to an alternate winner at the same event or the winner of an additional event.

Rules, processes and tournament structure for the WFC are subject to change, but all decisions made by the WFC competition committee are final.

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