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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 – 8/17/18 - Hampton, Georgia
Texas State Qualifier / City of Port Aransas – 2018 – Port Aransas, Texas

The following competitions are State Partner Authorized Qualifiers for the 2018 World Dessert Championship:
Alabama State Qualifier / EAT Eastern Shore Judging Class - 6/10/18-6/11/18 - Fairhope, 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:
Walmart Online Recipe Contest "Food Champ Fresh"/Wild Card Elite Division 
– 7/20/18-7/30/18 – ONLINE
Wild Card Elite Division
 
- 2/1/18-10/1/18 - 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
2018 WFC Wait List - DessertUS
Walmart Online Recipe Contest "Food Champ Fresh"Various Locations, USJul 20, 2018
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten DessertOrange 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: 2017 WFC Super Qualifier - Ang MinorOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
Wings & Wine (Comedienne Joy's Special Event)Birmingham, AL, USMar 15, 2018
Alabama Festival of Flavor (Dessert competition)Foley, AL, USOct 6, 2018
Alabama State Qualifier / EAT Eastern Shore Judging ClassFairhope, AL, USJun 10, 2018
WFC: 2017 World Food Champion - Lisa GwatneyOrange Beach, AL, US
Sweet Charity Dessert and Cocktail ChallengeTucson, AZ, USNov 18, 2017
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking CompetitionHollywood, CA, US
WFC: 2015 World Dessert Champion - Lynn SmithKissimmee, 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
Special Invitation - Tiffany RameyPensacola, FL, US
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
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
Sweetest Chefs of the SouthRidgeland, MS, USSep 10, 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: 2014 World Dessert Champion - Laurie FigoneLas 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
Special Invitation - Liz RogersOH, US
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
#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 - Dessert - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 1st PlaceONLINE, US
America's Better Sandwich ContestONLINE, US
Nashville Scene - Best of Nashville 2017 - DessertNashville, TN, US
Memphis in MayMemphis, TN, USMay 16, 2018
Bakers vs. Fakers: Farmers Market FlipTV, US
FoodNetwork Spring Baking ChampionshipTV, US
Christmas Cookie Challenge, episode 6, Crafty KitchenTV, US
Texas State Qualifier / City of Port AransasTX, USMar 1, 2018
Chillin' & Grillin' in the Glades (Pie contest)Wise, VA, USJul 20, 2018
National Capital Area Cake Show (NCACS)Fairfax, VA, USMar 17, 2018

International Events

Event Location Date
AUSTRALIAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSTBA, AU
Business Made in Hong Kong Awards 2018HK
Special Invitation - Suresh BabuBengaluru, IN
The Gelato World CupSigep, ITJan 20, 2018
CARIBBEAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSSan Juan, PR, PR
Taipei Int'l Bakery Show - Baking ContestTaipei, TWMar 15, 2018