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COMPETITION OVERVIEW
NOVEMBER 8-12, 2017
ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA

In 2017, World Chef Challenge will get a shot at the big title - World Food Champion! For the first time, World Chef Challenge will be included at the Final Table as a 10th category. 

Up to 50 world-class chefs will be accepted into the 2017 World Chef Challenge, either by special invitation from WFC or by winning a qualifying event (see below for list of qualifying events). Chefs will compete in Kitchen Arena, where they will be required to create a Structure as well as a Signature dish for judges. 

World Chef Challenge
$10,000 GRAND PRIZE

Schedule and Rules

Competition Structure

The World Food Championships will feature three rounds of competition.  
Signature Dish:  competitors will create their best recipe for judging within each category.  
Structured Build:  this round separates the contenders from the pretenders by forcing everyone to create their own spin on the same basic dish.  
Infused Ingredient:  the top competitors in each category will face off for culinary supremacy using the same ingredient in their final category dish.

The following events are Preferred Qualifiers for the 2017 World Chef Challenge: 
Feeding the Gulf Coast Chef Challenge CSPIRE Grand Champion Award presented by Alabama Coasting - 9/22/17

The following events are Elite Qualifiers for the 2017 World Chef Challenge: 
Jubilee Festival of the Arts (Chef competition) - 9/23/17-9/24/17

Wild Card Elite Division - Online - 4/5/17-10/1/17

The following competitions are automatic qualifiers for the 2017 World Chef Challenge:

United States Events

Event Location Date
Culinary Fight ClubVarious Locations, US
Special Invitation - International - Amir RashedUS
Special Invitation - International - Yanni PanaUS
Special Invitation - International - Priscilla NogueiraUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Robyn AlmodvarUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - David SkinnerUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Dan NicholsUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Steve BrownUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Alex BruggerUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Mike NewhallUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Logan KendallUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Jason RamirezUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Jack BakerUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Lee BellUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Brent ShriverUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Brandon ThrashUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - AmadeusUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Chuck HooverUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Sebastien ThieffineUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Igor ZhukUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Garrett AdlerUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Erin MillerUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Marvilyn CooperUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Derrick OwensUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Brady WhittinghamUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Charles McPhersonUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Daniel BolarinwaUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Mohammad Naushad AlamUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - n.mmn ytyuUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Khalid CherkaouiUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Silvana Salcido EsparzaUS
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Jeff MosherUS
Feeding the Gulf Coast Alabama Chef Challenge - A Challenge to End Hunger - People's ChoiceMobile, AL, USAug 31, 2017
Special Invitation - World Chef Challenge - Jonathan ScintoOrange Beach, AL, US
World Chef Challenge - 2016 1st Place - Nick ThiersOrange Beach, AL, USNov 13, 2016
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - John HammeOrange Beach, AL, US
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Brandon BurlesonMontgomery, AL, US
Jubilee Festival of the Arts - (Chef competition)Old Towne Daphne, AL, USSep 23, 2017
Feeding the Gulf Coast Chef Challenge CSPIRE Grand Champion Award presented by Alabama CoastingMobile, AL, USSep 22, 2017
World Chef Challenge - 2016 2nd Place - Chris NauOrange Beach, AL, USNov 13, 2016
Devoured Culinary Classic - 2nd PlacePhoenix, AZ, USMar 4, 2017
Devoured Culinary Classic - 3rd PlacePhoenix, AZ, USMar 4, 2017
Devoured Culinary Classic - 1st PlacePhoenix, AZ, USMar 4, 2017
Special Invitation - Anita MoorePhoenix, AZ, US
Special Invitation - Barbara PollastriniLos Angeles, CA, US
Cultivating Our Community - Chef/Charity Challenge - Ray GarciaSanta Fe Springs, CA, USMay 16, 2017
Special Invitation - Durrell WashingtonWashington, DC, US
Feeding the Gulf Coast Florida Chef Challenge - A Challenge to End Hunger - People's ChoicePensacola, FL, USSep 7, 2017
Taste of Perdido - Perdido Keys Wine & Art Festival (Brunch competition)Perdido Key, FL, USApr 23, 2017
REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby (People's Choice)Palm Beach, FL, USAug 13, 2017
Taste of Perdido - Perdido Keys Wine & Art Festival (Saturday night People's Choice)Perdido Key, FL, USApr 22, 2017
The Taste Beer & Food Festival - BaconInverness, FL, USApr 8, 2017
Special Invitation - Louis RobinsonLakewood, FL, US
Extreme Food Fights - May - Jacksonville BeachJacksonville Beach, FL, USMay 15, 2017
Extreme Food Fights - June - Jacksonville BeachJacksonville Beach, FL, USJun 19, 2017
Chef's Life Throwdown IIISt. Petersburg, FL, USJun 23, 2017
Flora-Bama Yacht Club Wild Chef Throwdown (Burger competition)Perdido Key, FL, USJun 2, 2017
Special Invitation - Michael Jordan’s Steak HouseChicago, IL, US
Special Invitation - Ed MangubatChicago, IL, US
Return of the MacNoblesville, IN, USJun 3, 2017
Special Invitation - Darrell JohnsonBosier, LA, US
Special Invitation - Jay PowellRochdale, MA, US
Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook Off - Best in ShowCambridge, MD, USJul 8, 2017
Burger Bash (Best Overall Score) - Natalia TarnavskyRoyal Oak, MI, USJun 9, 2017
Taste of KCKansas City, MO, USMay 18, 2017
Feeding the Gulf Coast Mississippi Chef Challenge - A Challenge to End Hunger - People's ChoiceBiloxi, MS, USSep 21, 2017
Biloxi Seafood Festival - People's ChoiceBiloxi, MS, USSep 8, 2017
Special Invitation - Beni VelazquezLas Vegas, NV, US
Special Invitation - World Chef Challenge - Tenzing TseringNY, US
Special Invitation - Ron DupratMontauk, NY, US
Special Invitation - Queens of King - "New Chefs Rising"New York City, NY, US
Special Invitation - Palden DukdaNew York, NY, US
Special Invitation - Eddie TancrediCleveland, OH, US
Black Elk Brisket Burnout - Secret Ingredient Competition WinnerMiami, OK, USMay 6, 2017
2016 Discover Duck Recipe Contest - for ChefsONLINE, USMar 1, 2016
Chef’s Roll - Barilla Pasta ContestONLINE, USNov 4, 2016
Chefs Roll - SuperGuac 2017ONLINE, USJan 9, 2017
TOA - Fiesta SeasoningsONLINE, USJul 24, 2017
Special Invitation - Hiram QuintanaTamaqua, PA, US
Cast Iron Cook OffChattanooga, TN, USSep 17, 2017
Wild Card Elite DivisionTN, USApr 5, 2017
Special Invitation - Dao LeChattanooga, TN, US
Springer Mountain Farms - Chef B.J. LofbackNashville, TN, USMar 7, 2017
Cooks vs. Cons - Michael BrennanTV, US
Cooks vs. Cons Season 3 episode 2 - Michael StephensTV, US
Battle of the Chefs - The Best of Texas Hill Country - Best Overall & People's ChoiceFredericksburg, TX, USMar 31, 2017
Chefs Roll - Tatu's Food DebaucherySan Antonio, TX, US
Battle of the Chefs - The Best of Texas Hill Country - Best TasteFredericksburg, TX, USMar 31, 2017
Battle of the Chefs - The Best of Texas Hill Country - Best Use of Local IngredientsFredericksburg, TX, USMar 31, 2017
Battle of the Chefs - The Best of Texas Hill Country - Most Creative DishFredericksburg, TX, USMar 31, 2017
Special Invitation - Pa JallowSeattle, WA, US

International Events

Event Location Date
Special Invitation - Subhan AzimzadeAZ
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Vincent StanleyBangalore, IN
Special Invitation - Laxman Thapa ChettriBangalore, IN
Special Invitation - International - Christopher GnanaIN
Special Invitation - International - Sridhar ChandrasekharBangalore, IN
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Juan RodriguezMX
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Will MordidoAuckland, NZ
Special Invitation - International - Dominik MoskalenkoPL
Special Invitation - Dominik MoskalenkoPL
Special Invitation - International - Raul Sanchez MontesinosES
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Fred UissoDar Es Salaam, TZ
Istanbul Gastronomy Festival - 1st Place - Iqbal AliaskerovIstanbul, TR
Special Invitation - 2016 WCC - Omar FawziAE
Special Invitation - International - Theodore Singh ChanaGB