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COMPETITION OVERVIEW
NOVEMBER 7-11, 2018
ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA
Up to 40 world-class chefs will be accepted into the 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. 

The following competitions are State Qualifiers for the 2018 World Chef Challenge:
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking Competition – 10/13/18-10/14/18 - Hollywood, California
Georgia State Qualifier / Cyber Chef Challenge  – September 2018 - ONLINE
Tennessee State Qualifier / FiveStar Food Fight – 7/15/18 – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tennessee State Qualifier / Lodge Cast Iron Cookoff 
– 8/26/18 – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Texas State Qualifier / City of Port Aransas – 2018 – Various Locations in Texas

The following competitions are State Partner Authorized Qualifiers for the 2018 World Chef Challenge:
Alabama State Qualifier / Food Fight at the Fort – 2018 - Mobile, Alabama
Alabama State Qualifier / ACF & AL 200 Sweet Home Alabama Desserts Contest – 8/11/18 - Alabama

The following competitions are Preferred Qualifiers for the 2018 World Chef Challenge:
Chef JJ's Eggest - 5/19/18 - Indianapolis, IN
Jubilee Festival of the Arts (Chef competition)
- 9/29/18-9/30/18 - Old Towne Daphne, Alabama
The Taste - 4/18/18 - Inverness, Florida

The following competitions are Elite Qualifiers for the 2018 World Chef Challenge:
Kitchen Ambush - Okterberfest - 9/22/18 - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Kitchen Ambush - Drag Yourself to the WFC 
- 10/14/18 - Norfolk, Virginia
Wampler's Golden Ticket - 2018 - Various Locations
Wild Card Elite Division
- 2/1/18-10/1/18 - ONLINE

The following competitions are Elite Qualifiers for the 2019 World Chef Challenge:
Flavor Expedition Recipe Contest (sponsored by Minor's) - 7/1/18-8/31/18 - ONLINE
World Gourmet Society (WGS) Best Video Challenge for WFC2019
 - 2/1/18-7/31/18 - ONLINE

The following competitions are automatic qualifiers for the 2018 World Chef Challenge:

United States Events

Event Location Date
Culinary Fight Club - 2018Various Locations, USJan 1, 2018
Special Invitation - Chef Brandon PerryUS
Special Invitation - Chef Daniel PersonUS
Special Invitation - David DuarteUS
Special Invitation - Brett VibberUS
CULINARY FIGHT CLUB - FIGHT FEST - 2017Various Locations, USAug 1, 2017
2018 WFC Wait List - ChefUS
Flavor Expedition Recipe Contest (sponsored by Minor's for WFC2019)USJul 1, 2018
Wampler's Golden Ticket WinnerVarious Locations, US
Hog Eye BBQUSSep 13, 2018
International Chefs Not In AttendanceUS
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten ChefOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 World Chef Champion - Craig BakerOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2016 World Chef Challenge - Nick ThiersOrange Beach, AL, US
JUBILEE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTSOld Towne Daphne, AL, USSep 29, 2018
Wings & Wine (Comedienne Joy's Special Event)Birmingham, AL, USMar 15, 2018
Chris Sherrill's Chef Mystery Basket ChallengeOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
Special Invitation - Edwin VegaOrange Beach, AL, US
Baumhower’s Senior Bowl Tailgate ChallengeMobile, AL, USJan 27, 2018
WFC: 2017 World Food Champion - Lisa GwatneyOrange Beach, AL, US
Alabama State Qualifier / ACF and Alabama 200 Sweet Home Alabama Desserts ContestBirmingham, AL, USAug 11, 2018
Alabama State Qualifier / EAT Montgomery ThrowdownMontgomery, AL, USAug 3, 2018
Scottsdale Burger BattleScottsdale, AZ, USMar 23, 2018
Devoured Culinary Classic - 1st PlacePhoenix, AZ, USMar 3, 2018
Devoured Culinary Classic - 2nd & 3rd PlacePhoenix, AZ, USMar 3, 2018
Nirvana Food and Wine FestivalParadise Valley, AZ, USApr 19, 2018
Special Invitation - Richard HinojosaPhoenix, AZ, US
Special Invitation - Roberto RoseByron, CA, US
Special Invitation - Jana HernandezLancaster, CA, US
Special Invitation - Ryan RondenoWoodland Hills, CA, US
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking Competition - Roberto RoseHollywood, CA, US
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking CompetitionHollywood, CA, US
THE TASTEInverness, FL, USApr 14, 2018
Jacksonville Magazine - Best Restaurants BashJacksonville, FL, USJan 25, 2018
2017 Flora Bama Yacht Club Wild Chef Throwdown (showdown winner) - Rudy RudolphPerdido Key, FL, US
Special Invitation - Mike NewhallPensacola, FL, US
Special Invitation - Robyn AlmodovarFort Lauderdale, FL, US
Springer Mountain Farms - Chef BrandonSavannah, GA, US
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta Food WarsVarious Locations, GA, US
Return of the Mac! Mac & Cheese FestivalIndianapolis, IN, USFeb 4, 2018
CHEF JJ'S EGGFESTIndianapolis, IN, USMay 19, 2018
Special Invitation - Durrell WashingtonSuitland, MD, US
Biloxi Seafood Festival - People's ChoiceBiloxi, MS, USSep 8, 2018
Special Invitation - BJ CreswellDiberville, MS, US
Special Invitation - Justin KittleLong Beach, MS, US
Biloxi Seafood FestivalBiloxi, MS, USSep 8, 2018
Special Invitation - Jostlin NecaiseHollywood, MS, US
Special Invitation - John BarnesLas Vegas, NV, US
Special Invitation - Adam KaswinerLas Vegas, NV, US
New York Restaurant Show - Rapid Fire ChallengeNew York, NY, USJan 22, 2018
Special Invitation - World Chef Challenge - Tenzing TseringSunnyside, NY, US
Akron-Canton Area Cooks and ChefsElyria, OH, USJan 20, 2018
Black Elk Brisket Burnout - Secret Ingredient Competition Winner - 2017Quapaw, OK, US
WFC: WILD CARD ELITE DIVISIONONLINE, USFeb 1, 2018
2017 Discover Duck Recipe Contest - Student Chef Laurie HartfelderONLINE, USSep 30, 2017
Georgia State Qualifier / Cyber Chef ChallengeONLINE, US
Alabama Seafood Showdown - GSOBT Online Recipe Contest - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
South Carolina Culinary Chefs Challenge - at the HMRSSMyrtle Beach, SC, USJan 30, 2018
Tennessee State Qualifier / Lodge Cast Iron Cook-offChattanooga, TN, USAug 26, 2018
Tennessee State Qualifier / FiveStar Food FightChattanooga, TN, USJul 15, 2018
Nashville Scene - Best of Nashville 2017 - ChefNashville, TN, US
Nashville Scene - Best of Nashville 2017 - Best Restaurant / Best New RestaurantNashville, TN, US
Sponsored Team Chattanooga Butter Co - Chef Raenel StellyChattanooga, TN, US
Springer Mountain Farms - Chef NickChattanooga, TN, US
FoodNetwork: Chopped - Chef Chris ColemanTV, US
Texas State Qualifier / City of Port AransasTX, USMar 1, 2018
Tall Sails Top Chef CompetitionGalveston, TX, USApr 8, 2018
Texas City Taste of the TownTexas City, TX, USMay 10, 2018
Special Invitation - Andrew NicholsonMadison, VA, US
Kitchen Ambush - Drag Yourself to the WFCNorfolk, VA, USOct 14, 2018
Kitchen Ambush - OktoberfestVirginia Beach, VA, USSep 22, 2018
Kitchen Ambush - Chef Category Golden TicketVA, US
Washington State Chefs AssociationBellingham, WA, USMay 19, 2018

International Events

Event Location Date
World Gourmet Society (WGS) Best Video Challenge - Bledar KolaONLINE, ALOct 1, 2017
AUSTRALIAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSTBA, AU
Special Invitation - Chef Muthuchamy ChinnarajaIN
Special Invitation - Chef Gnana ChristopherIN
Special Invitation - Chef Murugesan NajappanBangalore, IN
Special Invitation - A MeganbabuTamilndu, IN
Special Invitation - Siva RamanTamilndu, IN
Special Invitation - Aravindan MahalingamIN
Special Invitation - Monu Kumar GuptaBangalore, IN
World Gourmet Society (WGS) Best Video Challenge - Gabriele VannucciONLINE, ITOct 1, 2017
World Gourmet Society (WGS) Best Video Challenge - Simone CiprianiONLINE, ITOct 1, 2017
WORLD GOURMET SOCIETY BEST VIDEO CHALLENGE FOR WFC2019ONLINE, MCFeb 1, 2018
Special Invitation - Chef Fred UissoTZ
International Indian Chef of the Year CompetitionLondon, GB
Special Invitation - Le NhuVN