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

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 40 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.

The following competitions are State Qualifiers for the 2018 World Dessert 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 / Eats & Sweets - Speedway Under the Stars – 8/18/18 - Hampton, 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 World Dessert 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 World Dessert Championship
:
Michigan Apple Recipe Contest - 1/24/18 - Lansing, Michigan

The following competitions are Elite Qualifiers for the 2018 World Dessert Championship:
NBC (Italian National BBQ Championship) - Best Overall Score in Dessert Category - 3/1/18-8/31/18 - Italy
Wild Card Elite Division 
- 2/1/18-8/31/18 - ONLINE

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

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

United States Events

Event Location Date
Cacao Barry World Chocolate Masters - International Qualifying RoundsVarious Locations, US
Cacao Barry World Chocolate Masters - USA Qualifying RoundsUS
FoodNetwork Magazine Bake Sale ContestUS
Sous Chef of the Year - Ben HardyUS
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten DessertOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten RecipeOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 World Dessert Champion - Ann JonesOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2016 World Food Champion - Kari LukeOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2016 World Dessert Champion - Evette RahmanOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2016 World Recipe Champion - Anthony SerranoOrange Beach, AL, US
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 - Ang MinorOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
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
Alabama Festival of Flavor (Dessert competition)Foley, AL, USOct 6, 2018
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
Sweet Charity Dessert and Cocktail ChallengeTucson, AZ, USNov 18, 2017
Scottsdale Culinary Festival - Teen Challenge - 3rd PlaceScottsdale, AZ, USApr 14, 2018
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking CompetitionHollywood, CA, USOct 13, 2018
WFC: 2015 World Food Champion - Loren HillKissimmee, FL, US
WFC: 2015 World Dessert Champion - Lynn SmithKissimmee, FL, US
WFC: 2015 World Pasta Champion - Suzanne Kosnick-ClarkKissimmee, FL, US
WFC: 2015 World Recipe Champion - Alethia ShihKissimmee, FL, US
APC National Pie ChampionshipsOrlando, FL, USApr 5, 2018
Orange Blossom Revue BBQ & Steak Cook-off (Dessert competition)Lake Wales, FL, USDec 1, 2017
Manatee County Fair - Andrea SpringPalmetto, FL, USJan 12, 2018
Georgia State Qualifier / Eats & Sweets - Speedway Under the StarsHampton, GA, USAug 17, 2018
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta Food WarsVarious Locations, GA, US
CHEF JJ'S EGGFESTIndianapolis, IN, USMay 19, 2018
Smoke in the Spring (Dessert competition)Osage City, KS, USApr 6, 2018
Best Chocolate Dessert @ The State Fair of LouisianaShreveport, LA, USNov 5, 2017
Best Pecan Dessert @ The State Fair of LouisianaShreveport, LA, USNov 11, 2017
Spring Fling for Special OlympicsManchac (Akers), LA, USApr 29, 2018
Jeunes Chefs Rotisseurs & Pastry Provincial Competition - National Pastry CompetitionGaithersburg, MD, USApr 13, 2018
Interstate BBQ Festival - (Dessert competition)Hagerstown, MD, USApr 20, 2018
Bethel HarvestFest Apple Pie Contest (Professional)Bethel, ME, USSep 15, 2018
MICHIGAN APPLE RECIPE CONTESTLansing, MI, USJan 24, 2018
Mac N Brews (Chili competition)Royal Oak, MI, USFeb 24, 2018
Bacon Bash - Best Dessert (Dessert competition)Royal Oak, MI, USApr 7, 2018
Burger Bash (Dessert competition)Royal Oak, MI, USJun 8, 2018
Mac N Brews (Dessert competition)Royal Oak, MI, US
Indulgence - Best Dessert (People's Choice)Royal Oak, MI, USJan 28, 2018
Indulgence - Best DessertRoyal Oak, MI, USJan 28, 2018
Big Island BBQAlbert Lea, MN, USAug 24, 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
Southaven SpringfestSouthaven, MS, USApr 27, 2018
Sweetest Chefs of the SouthRidgeland, MS, US
Montana BBQ Cook-off (Dessert competition)Absarokee, MT, USJun 24, 2018
North Carolina Apple Growers Association Apple Recipe ContestRaleigh, NC, USOct 16, 2017
New Jersey KnoQ-out (Dessert competition)Blairstown, NJ, USApr 28, 2018
15th Annual Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship (Dessert competition)Santa Ana, NM, USJun 29, 2018
Smokin' on the Pecos (Dessert competition)Artesia, NM, USJun 22, 2018
Southwest Chocolate FestAlbuquerque, NM, USMar 17, 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 Dessert Champion - Laurie FigoneLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2014 World Recipe Champion - David GroverLas Vegas, NV, US
Brooklyn Cookie TakedownBrooklyn, NY, USDec 17, 2017
Brooklyn Ice Cream TakedownBrooklyn, NY, USJun 24, 2018
Ice Cream TakedownBrooklyn, NY, USJun 24, 2018
Int'l Restaurant and Foodservice Show of NY - US Pastry Competition - Pastry Chef of the YearNew York, NY, USMar 4, 2018
Valrhona's Pastry Competition - North American Finals (Professional Chocolate Chef Competition) - Mina PizzaroBrooklyn, NY, USOct 23, 2017
Valrhona's Pastry Competition International (Professional Chocolate Chef Competition)Brooklyn, NY, USOct 23, 2017
Salt City BBQ FestivalSyracuse, NY, USMay 19, 2018
Use the Whole Watermelon Recipe ContestONLINE, USAug 23, 2017
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
Challenge Butter's "Real Summer, Real Flavor" Online Recipe Contest - 2nd-5th PlaceONLINE, USSep 8, 2017
#TOA2017 - Lesa SampsonONLINE, US
WFC: #Taste of America - 2nd-10th PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
#WeLoveWFC Facebook Contest - 2017ONLINE, US
WFC: 2017 TOA People's Choice - Lexi MartoneONLINE, US
WFC: Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 2nd-5th PlaceONLINE, US
Taste of Home Cookies Recipe ContestONLINE, USNov 10, 2017
WFC: #Taste of America - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 1st PlaceONLINE, US
Tennessee State Qualifier / Public MarketsChattanooga, TN, US
Nashville Scene - Best of Nashville 2017 - DessertNashville, TN, US
Art Institute's Sweet and Savory Recipe ChallengeNashville, TN, USFeb 19, 2018
Bakers vs. Fakers: Farmers Market FlipTV, US
Pillsbury Bake-Off - Category Winners and Grand Prize WinnerTV, USFeb 24, 2018
FoodNetwork Spring Baking ChampionshipTV, US
Christmas Cookie Challenge, episode 6, Crafty KitchenTV, US
Texas State Qualifier / Various Qualifying EventsTX, USMar 1, 2018
EAT Class GalvestonGalveston, TX, USJan 29, 2018
Chillin' & Grillin' in the Glades (Pie contest)Wise, VA, USJul 20, 2018
National Capital Area Cake Show (NCACS)Fairfax, VA, USMar 17, 2018
2017 Green Mountain BBQ ChampionshipRandolph, VT, USSep 9, 2017

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
Business Made in Hong Kong Awards 2018HK
International Competitor Invitations - Hong KongONLINE, HKFeb 1, 2018
The Gelato World CupSigep, ITJan 20, 2018
WBQA: NBC ITALIAN NATIONAL BBQ COMPETITION - BEST OVERALL SCORE IN CATEGORYVarious Locations, ITMar 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - JapanONLINE, JPFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - PhilippinesONLINE, PHFeb 1, 2018
CARIBBEAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSSan Juan, PR, PRAug 18, 2018
Taipei Int'l Bakery Show - Baking ContestTaipei, TWMar 15, 2018
International Competitor Invitations -The NetherlandsONLINE, NLFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - United KingdomONLINE, GBFeb 1, 2018