Orlando Baker Finishes 9th in $100,000 “Final Table” Cooking Challenge
Two-time World Dessert Champion Evette Rahman is returning home to Orlando after competing in the finale of the world’s largest Food Sport event. The “Final Table: Indy” culinary throwdown was held in Indianapolis in August and filmed for a special one-hour TV show that will be released in October on the Cooking Channel.
The event was hosted by the World Food Championships (WFC), Visit Indy, Ivy Tech Culinary Center and Culinary Crossroads. It featured ten Category Champions who had earned a seat during WFC’s Main Event last fall in Dallas. Rahman completed the tournament with a 9th place finish.
In the “Final Table: Indy” first round, Rahman and the other champions were tasked with making a Pork and Parisian Gnocchi dish using Red Gold Tomatoes and pork cuts sourced from the National Pork Board. She and her husband completed the dish on time and presented it to a panel of local pork experts Chef James Murray from the National Pork Board. The judging panel used WFC’s propriety judging system, the E.A.T.™ Methodology (which stands for Execution, Appearance and Taste) to score each dish.
Rahman’s pork dish titled “Sweet & Sour Pork, Sesame Green Beans and Tomato Gnocchi Soup” missed the next round’s cut-off by only 5 points. Her dish scored 87 (out of 100) after the panel of judges’ scores were combined and formulated on key weightings. While she did not continue on to Challenge Two, she still earned a $500 bonus on top of her $10,000 category win at WFC’s 2019 Main Event in Dallas.
Only five of the Category Champions continued on to Challenge Two, which involved creating a delicate duck dish designed by Chef Greg Hardesty and using Maple Leaf Farms’ product. From there, three finalists were awarded a spot in the last challenge, which involved a creative interpretation of the iconic Indiana Sugar Cream Pie.
WFC kept fans updated on results throughout the weekend event, up until the final challenge in which all parties involved were required to sign non-disclosure agreements. The “Final Table: Indy” national TV show will air on the Cooking Channel on October 3, 2020. At that time, the new World Food Champion will be revealed during the show’s final sequence.
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. In August, the 10 Category Champs faced-off in the $100,000 challenge that determined a new World Food Champion at The Final Table: Indianapolis. The 8th Annual World Food Champion will be revealed Oct. 3rd on the Cooking Channel.
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