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COMPETITION OVERVIEW
NOVEMBER 7-11, 2018
ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA

Bacon is no longer just a food … it’s a way of life.  America is bacon obsessed. We have shirts, and merch, and fan websites, television shows, entire restaurants all dedicated to broadcasting as loudly as possible, how much we truly love bacon. 

The World Food Championships celebrates America’s signature decadence – Bacon.  The Bacon World Championship will pit 40 of the world’s best culinary craftsmen against each other for the title of Bacon World Champion. Home cooks, restaurateurs and chefs will all compete to see whose cuisine reigns supreme. The champion will then take their bacon and their best effort to the Final Table for a chance to win the World Food Championship.

The following competitions are State Qualifiers for the 2018 Bacon World Championship:

Alabama State Qualifier / Alabama Coasting Multi-Media – 2018 - Various Locations in Alabama

California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking Competition – 10/13/18-10/14/18 - Hollywood, California

Georgia State Qualifier / Burgers & Bacon - Atlanta Grillmaster Classic – 7/28/18 - McDonough, Georgia

Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me Series (ACWW) – 6/21/18 – Kansas City, Missouri

Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me Series (ACWW) – 6/14/18 – Columbia, Missouri

Tennessee State Qualifier / Public Markets – 2018 – Chattanooga, Tennessee

Texas State Qualifier / City of Port Aransas – 2018 – Port Aransas, Texas

Texas State Qualifier / Super Chef Series – 10/3/18 – Port Aransas, Texas

The following competitions are State Partner Authorized Qualifiers for the 2018 Bacon World Championship:
Alabama State Qualifier / West Alabama Food & Wine Festival - Fuller Goldsmith (Chopped Junior Champion) 
- 4/12/18 - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The following competitions are Preferred Qualifiers for the 2018 Bacon World Championship:

Bacon Bash – 9/15/18-9/16/18 – River Falls, Wisconsin

The following competitions are Elite Qualifiers for the 2018 Bacon World Championship:
Red Gold Tomato Takedown - 7/15/18 - Nashville, Tennessee
Wild Card Elite Division
 – 2/1/18-8/31/18 – ONLINE

The following competitions are International Qualifiers for the 2019 Bacon World Championship:
Caribbean Food Championships - 8/18/18-8/19/18 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

The following competitions are automatic qualifiers for the 2018 Bacon World Championship:

United States Events

Event Location Date
Gloria Ferrar's Glorious BitesVarious Locations, US
CULINARY FIGHT CLUB FIGHT FEST 2018Various Locations, USAug 1, 2018
CULINARY FIGHT CLUB - FIGHT FEST - 2017Various Locations, USAug 1, 2017
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten BaconOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten RecipeOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: BWC2016 - Jodi TaffelOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2017 Bacon World Champion - Rebecka EvansOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2016 World Food Champion - Kari LukeOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2016 Bacon World Champion - Colleen CurleyOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2016 World Recipe Champion - Anthony SerranoOrange Beach, AL, US
BWC2016 - Tamie JoeckelOrange Beach, AL, USNov 13, 2016
Thrilla at the Grilla - 2017Orange Beach, AL, USNov 11, 2017
Alabama State Qualifier / Alabama Coasting Multi-MediaVarious Locations, AL, US
WFC: 2017 WFC Super Qualifier - Heather WalkerOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 WFC Super Qualifier - Brody OliveOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
Wings & Wine (Comedienne Joy's Special Event)Birmingham, AL, USMar 15, 2018
WFC: Granny Grilling Challenge - Sherri WilliamsOrange Beach, AL, USNov 11, 2017
2017 WFC Top Ten Recipe - Lisa KeysOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
Alabama State Qualifier / West Alabama Food & Wine Festival - Fuller GoldsmithTuscaloosa, AL, USApr 12, 2018
WFC: 2017 World Food Champion - Lisa GwatneyOrange Beach, AL, US
Scottsdale Culinary Festival - Teen Challenge - 1st PlaceScottsdale, AZ, USApr 14, 2018
Scottsdale Culinary Festival - Teen Challenge - 2nd PlaceScottsdale, AZ, USApr 14, 2018
Scottsdale Culinary Festival - Teen Challenge - 3rd PlaceScottsdale, AZ, USApr 14, 2018
Bacon and Beer Classic - ScottsdaleScottsdale, AZ, USMay 12, 2018
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking CompetitionHollywood, CA, USOct 13, 2018
Beer, Bacon & Coffee FestDenver, CO, USJan 13, 2018
Dewey Beach Bacon FestRehoboth Beach, DE, USApr 20, 2018
WFC: 2015 World Food Champion - Loren HillKissimmee, FL, US
WFC: 2015 Bacon World Champion - Stephen CoeKissimmee, FL, US
WFC: 2015 World Pasta Champion - Suzanne Kosnick-ClarkKissimmee, FL, US
WFC: 2015 World Recipe Champion - Alethia ShihKissimmee, FL, US
Spud Nation ThrowdownOrlando, FL, USJan 10, 2018
DeLand Bacon & Brew FestDeLand, FL, USSep 30, 2017
Manatee County Fair - Brendon PrudhommePalmetto, FL, USJan 12, 2018
Georgia State Qualifier / Burgers & Bacon - Atlanta Grillmaster ClassicMcDonough, GA, USJul 28, 2018
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta Food WarsVarious Locations, GA, US
Waikiki SPAM JAM FestivalHonolulu, Oahu, HI, USApr 28, 2018
Blue Ribbon Bacon FestivalDes Moines, IA, USApr 17, 2018
Cedar Valley BaconfestCedar Falls, IA, USMar 24, 2018
Dubuque Area BaconfestDubuque, IA, USOct 5, 2017
Baconfest ChicagoChicago, IL, USApr 6, 2018
CHEF JJ'S EGGFESTIndianapolis, IN, USMay 19, 2018
Indiana Bacon Festival - (BBQ competition - "Other" category)Delphi, IN, USAug 25, 2018
Bacon Bash - Best Overall Bacon DishRoyal Oak, MI, USApr 7, 2018
Bacon Bash - Best Overall Bacon Dish (People's Choice)Royal Oak, MI, USApr 7, 2018
Missouri State Qualifier / ACWWVarious Locations, MO, US
Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me Series in Kansas CityKansas City, MO, USJun 21, 2018
Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me Series in ColumbiaColumbia, MO, USJun 14, 2018
The Great Ruleville Grilling Steak Cookoff (Appetizer competition)Ruleville, MS, USSep 29, 2018
Beer and Bacon FestivalCary, NC, USMay 19, 2018
Bernie's Wines & Liquors Bacon & Beer FestivalFargo, ND, USMar 10, 2018
Happy Harry's Beer & Bacon FestivalGrand Forks, ND, USJan 30, 2018
Omaha Beer & Bacon FestivalOmaha, NE, USAug 4, 2018
WFC: 2013 World Food Champion - Dave ElliottLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2014 World Food Champion - Ricardo HerediaLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2013 World Recipe Champion - Beth PetersonLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2014 World Recipe Champion - David GroverLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2013 Bacon World Champion - Ricardio HerediaLas Vegas, NV, US
International Pizza ChallengeLas Vegas, NV, USMar 19, 2018
Brooklyn Mac and Cheeze TakedownBrooklyn, NY, USFeb 18, 2018
Charcuterie Masters - (Other/Bacon category)Queens, NY, USFeb 24, 2018
Beer, Bourbon & Bacon!Poughquag, NY, USJun 30, 2018
Salt City BBQ FestivalSyracuse, NY, USMay 19, 2018
Pizza Pizzazz "Best of the Midwest" Competition at the MidAmerica Restaurant ShowColumbus, OH, USJan 28, 2018
WFC: #Taste of America - 2nd-10th PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: 2017 TOA People's Choice - Tim Van DorenONLINE, US
WFC: Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 2nd-5th PlaceONLINE, US
Fully Loaded Idaho Potato Cook-Off Event WinnerONLINE, USNov 1, 2017
WFC: #Taste of America - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 1st PlaceONLINE, US
WFC: WILD CARD ELITE DIVISIONONLINE, USFeb 1, 2018
WFC: #Taste of Canada - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: #Taste of Canada - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
#TOA2017 - Lesa SampsonONLINE, US
Aporkalypse Now: Gorge's Best Bacon FestHood River, OR, USFeb 23, 2018
Jeunes Chefs Rotisseurs & Pastry Provincial CompetitionCharleston, SC, US
Nashville Scene Bacon & BarrelNashville, TN, USSep 21, 2018
Tennessee State Qualifier / Public MarketsChattanooga, TN, US
Art Institute's Sweet and Savory Recipe ChallengeNashville, TN, USFeb 19, 2018
Red Gold Tomato TakedownNashville, TN, USJul 15, 2018
Pillsbury Bake-Off - Category Winners and Grand Prize WinnerTV, USFeb 24, 2018
Texas State Qualifier / Various Qualifying EventsTX, USMar 1, 2018
EAT Class GalvestonGalveston, TX, USJan 29, 2018
2017 Green Mountain BBQ ChampionshipRandolph, VT, USSep 9, 2017
BACON BASHRiver Falls, WI, USSep 15, 2018
Baconfest MKEMilwaukee, WI, USFeb 25, 2018
Bacon And BrewsMadison, WI, USJun 23, 2018

International Events

Event Location Date
International Competitor Invitations - AustraliaONLINE, AUFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - Cape VerdeONLINE, CVFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - Dominican RepublicONLINE, DOFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - GermanyONLINE, DEFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - GuamONLINE, GUFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - Hong KongONLINE, HKFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - JapanONLINE, JPFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - PhilippinesONLINE, PHFeb 1, 2018
CARIBBEAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSSan Juan, PR, PRAug 18, 2018
International Competitor Invitations -The NetherlandsONLINE, NLFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - United KingdomONLINE, GBFeb 1, 2018