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Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is the World Food Championships?

    • The World Food Championships is a five-day outdoor cooking competition that brings top chefs and home cooks from all over the globe to battle it out for a Category Champion title and $10,000. In the following months, the ten Category Champs will reconvene for a shot at the World Food Champion title and an additional $100,000.
  • What are the dates of the competition?

    • The World Food Championships will take place in Dallas, Texas, October 16- 20 at the Reunion Tower Lawn. To book your on-site stay with a WFC discount, click here.

  • What are the categories?

    • The 2019 Categories are:

      • Barbecue

      • Burger

      • Chef

      • Chili

      • Seafood

      • Dessert

      • Sandwich

      • Bacon

      • Recipe

      • Steak

  • How do I compete at the World Food Championships?

    • There are a number of different ways to secure an invitation to compete at the World Food Championships. Check out our How Do I Compete Page for more information.
  • Which hotel is best for me?

    • WFC has secured rooms at a discounted rate with the Hyatt Regency Dallas which is walking distance to the Reunion Tower Lawn. To book your on-site stay, click here.


  • How much is the event? 

    • $10.00 day pass or $25.00 weekend pass (kids 12 and under FREE).
  • Will attendees get to sample competition dishes?

    • The competition dishes are created only for WFC judging. Although, throughout the tournament, WFC will host many events in which attendees will get to sample championship-caliber dishes. To find out more about these ticketed events, click here. If you're interested in judging at the World Food Championships, visit our Become A Judge page to find a Licensed To E.A.T. course near you. 

  • I'm planning on attending the World Food Championships, where should I stay?

    • Check out WFC's Accommodations page for more information regarding our hotel stay packages.

  • Can I bring my own food and beverages?

    • No outside food or beverage will be allowed into the event

  • Can I bring a large backpack?

    • All bags brought into the event must be clear. All bags will be subject to a bag check. No knives or weapons will be allowed into the event site.


  • Where do I enter the event?

    • Competitors will enter through the Competitor Gate on North Drive. 

  • How will each category be judged?

    • Each category will have its own competition rules. Most categories will be judged using the World Food Championships' own proprietary E.A.T.™ scoring method.

  • What are the competition rules?

  • Can my friends and family attend the Main event in October?

    • Yes, of course! To book an on-site stay with the WFC discount, click here.

  • Are travel expenses included in the competition entry fee?

    • No. Competitors are responsible for all travel and lodging expenses. That said, we have secured some great room rates through our partner hotels. Visit our Accomodations page for more information.


  • How can I be a judge at the World Food Championships?

    • All WFC judges must first complete a Licsened To E.A.T. course in which they will learn E.A.T. methodology and how to judges dishes on Execution, Apperance and Taste. To find a Licensed To E.A.T. class near you, visit our Become A Judge page. After completing the course, register to judge at WFC in Dallas by visiting the Judges Registration page. 

  • Does WFC have a volunteer system?

    • Yes! We LOVE our volunteers. Every volunteer will recieve a free tee shirt and two General Admission passes for their off day. Sign up and choose your desired shift by clicking here.

  • Can I judge more than one category?

    • It is possible, though not likely, depending on the number of judges registrations.

  • I have applied to judge, when will I find out if I am selected?

    • Judges positions will be confirmed by June 30.