Lakeville Barbecuer Finishes 7th in $100,000 “Final Table” Cooking Challenge
World Steak Invitational Champion Ryan Hegland is returning home as one of the top cooks in the world after competing in the finale of Food Sport’s largest 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. Hegland completed the tournament with a 7th place finish, missing the cut by just one point.
In the “Final Table: Indy” first round, Hegland 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.
Hegland and his teammate Jeff Anderson completed Challenge One cook on time and presented it to a panel of local pork experts including 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
The dish was titled “Cochon Catalan” and scored 91.75 (out of 100) after the panel of judges’ scores were combined and formulated on key weightings. Although he did not continue on to the next round, Hegland won an additional $1,000 on top of his $10,000 category win at WFC’s 2019 Main Event.
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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