Maple Leaf Farms Adds Delicate Flavors To WFC’s “Final Table: Indy”
As Final Table:Indy draws near, the World Food Championships (WFC) and its presenting sponsors Visit Indy, Ivy Tech Culinary Center , Sysco and Team Indiana are thrilled to announce that Indiana based, Maple Leaf Farms. will serve as the product sponsor for Saturday evening’s tasting and Sunday’s second round of competition.
In the first round, the Champions will be making a Pork and Parisian Gnocchi dish, after which the field will be narrowed down to just five contestants.
The five remaining contestants will then move on to the second challenge which will begin with Saturday evening’s private tasting at Chef Greg Hardesty’s Studio C. Utilizing Maple Leaf Farms world class White-Pekin Duck, Chef Hardesty will prepare and serve Roast Duck Breast with Crispy Duck Spring Roll, Fried Wild Rice, Dried Cranberry Duck Jus.
The five contestants will then return to Ivy Tech Culinary Center on Sunday morning to prepare the dish and serve it to a five-person judging panel headed up by Chef Hardesty, accompanied by Maple Leaf Farms Chairman Terry Tucker, Oakley Bistro’s Owner and Chef Steven Oakley, Sysco Executive Chef, Rachanee Teipen and renowned Indy based chef, Karl Benko.
“Connecting the premier talent in the world of food sports with Maple Leaf Farms premier duck products and sharing that experience with a national TV audience is just what we were hoping to accomplish. It’s another shining example of showcasing the people, products, places and services making Indiana the “Culinary Crossroads of America,” said Larry Dickerson, Team Indiana and Culinary Crossroads spokesperson.
“Final Table: Indy,” which was scheduled for May but postponed due to COVID, will take place in Indianapolis at Ivy Tech Community College. Only three will make it to the final round, where they will have to recreate the Indiana-famous Sugar Cream Pie.
The ten Champions who will compete at the Final Table —which is hosted by Visit Indy and sponsored by Ivy Tech Culinary Center, Maple Leaf Farms, Sysco, Red Gold, The Pork Board, and Culinary Crossroads — include:
Lidia Hadaddian, two-time Category Champion from Pasadena, California
Jodi Taffel, 2019 Bacon World Champion from Altadena, California
Matthew Statham, 2019 World Chef Champion from Fultondale, Alabama
Morgan Cheek, 2019 World Burger Champion from Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Ryan Hegland, 2019 World Steak Champion from Lakeville, Minnesota
Josh Cooper, 2019 World Seafood Champion from Tallahassee, Florida
Kelli Fairchild-Cochran, two-time Sandwich Champion from Merced, California
Evette Rahman, two-time Dessert Champion from Orlando, Florida
Rocky Julianelle, 2019 World Open Chili Champion from East Haven, Connecticut
Ryan Murphy, 2019 World Barbecue Champion from Kansas City, Missouri
To learn more about “Final Table: Indy,” visit https://finaltable.worldfoodchampionships.com/
About World Food Championships
The World Food Championships (WFC) is the highest stakes food competition in the world. This multi-day, live event culinary competition showcases some of the world's best cooks who compete for food, fame and fortune in 10 categories (Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood, Soup and Steak). In 2019, more than 450 culinary teams from 11 countries and 42 American states competed in WFC’s Main Event. The 10 Category Champs crowned will now face-off in the $100,000 challenge that will determine the overall World Food Champion at The Final Table: Indianapolis in August 2020.
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