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NOVEMBER 7-9, 2013

The Reuben. The Monte Cristo. The Dagwood. The Muffaletta. Sandwiches have so much personality we give them their own names. As a beloved staple of American cuisine, there could be no World Food Championships if the sandwich was not represented.

The World Sandwich Championship will pit 50 of the world’s best sandwich-smiths against each other for the title of World Sandwich Champion. Home cooks, restaurateurs and chefs will all compete to see whose cuisine reigns supreme. The champion will then take their winning stack 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, after which each category champion will advance to the Final Table.

Competition Schedule & RULES

Competition Schedule, Rules and Information are provided in the COMPETITOR PACKET linked above.

The World Sandwich 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 Sandwich 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 Sandwich Championship.

Best Sandwich in the South

British Sandwich Designer of the Year

The Big Cheesy

Endless Simmer's Americas Best New Sandwich 2013

Time Out New York - Best Sandwich Shop

Chicago Magazine - Best Sandwich in Chicago

SandwichFest - Best Sandwich

Tucson Weekly - Best Sandwich in Tucson

Monterey Co. Weekly - Best Deli Sandwich

Village Voice - Best Sandwich (Editors Choice)

SF Bay Guardian - Best of 2013 (Sandwich)

Fresno Magazine - Best of Fresno (Sandwich)

Philadelphia Magazine - Best of Philly (Sandwich)

Inland Empire - Best Sandwich Shop 2013

Cleveland Hot List - Best Sandwich 2013

WA's Best Steak Sandwich Competition

Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship

Cuban Sandwich Festival - Best Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Invitational

St Francis "Say Cheese" Recipe Contest

Mezzetta Make that Sandwich Contest

Orlando Weekly's Best of Orlando - Best Sandwich

Washington City Paper - Best Sandwich

Best Sandwich - Eater New Orleans

Food & Wine - Best Sandwich Shop

Bakersfield Life - Best Sandwich

Kretschmar Build a Sandwich Fit for a King

Best Recipe Ever - Sandwich


The Top Ten Overall finishers in the 2012 World Sandwich Championship


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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