In order to compete at the World Food Championships, you must first win a qualifying competition, publication award or receive a special invitation.
Have you already qualified? Then you can
If you have not yet qualified, there are HUNDREDS of qualifying opportunities happening all around the world on any given day. Interested? Browse through the buckets of options below and see how you can earn your way into the Ultimate Food Fight of 2018!
We will be issuing many competition details in the coming weeks and months. So stay tuned! And get those recipes ready! We expect the biggest and best field ever in 2018!
Note: In order to qualify for WFC 2018, every team must win Grand Champion at a sanctioning event from October 1, 2017, to August 31, 2018 (the date that all category registrations will close). See bulleted points below for clarification on which sanctioning events are WFC qualifiers.
- Barbecue Division –– MBN, KCBS (Master's series, Pacific Northwest BBQ Association, St. Louis BBQ Association, FBA, IBCA, Southern BBQ Network (SBN), SCBA, BCA
- Chili Division –– International Chili Society, Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI)
- Steak Division –– Steak Cookoff Association (SCA)
In order to compete at the World Food Championships, you must win your way there! Visit our competitions page and click on your specific category for a list of qualifying events.
As always, each team will have to earn its way into the WFC Championship, and our State Partners will be instrumental in making this possible through various contests and competitions. If you’re a team or chef looking to compete in the largest culinary competition in the World, please click here to review these opportunities and contact our State Partners for more details on their qualifying process.
Many of our competitors come from countries around the world. That's why WFC launched International Qualifiers to provide an exclusive, paid pathway into the championship. If you are a great cook or chef from another country, check here to see if an International Qualifier is your ticket to food fortune and fame!
Who will become the next #FoodChamp?! The World Food Championships and a different category sponsor will host an online recipe contest. One overall winner will win a sponsored trip to compete in the World Food Championships and four runners-up will receive an invitation to compete at the WFC! Check out our Facebook page for information on the latest contest.