Team Maryland Prepares for Final Chef Entry Into World Food Championships
The World Food Championships (WFC) just announced another state partner that will secure at least five Maryland chefs a spot in the Ultimate Food Fight, scheduled for Nov. 5-9 in Dallas, TX. Through a partnership with the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM), the organization has developed five separate themed events to host and qualify competitors for the upcoming 9th Annual WFC, which is often called the “Ultimate Food Fight” and features over $350,000 in cash and prizes.
Currently, four of the five Golden Tickets have been claimed, each specific to a WFC category– Seafood, Burger, Sandwich, and Chef.
The current list of Maryland Golden Ticket winners include:
Seafood: Chef Zack Trabbold– Hill Culinary, Elkton, MD
Burger: Chef Bobby Stohl– Fox's Den, Annapolis, MD
Sandwich: Kevin Curley– Region Ale, Ellicott City and Baltimore, MD
Chef: Johnathan Hicks– The Periodic Table, Ellicott City, MD
In each category’s qualifying event, 12 teams went head to head cooking their best dish on site, sending the highest scoring dish to WFC this November.
Through the Team Maryland search, two of the qualifying events focused on a “local food” challenge. During the Seafood event, the dishes featured Chesapeake Blue Catfish, which is an invasive species to the area. Meanwhile, the Chef category challenged its competitors to highlight local produce, dairy, meat and more from Maryland farmers and purveyors.
For the final Golden Ticket, RAM will feature a Brunch Battle competition this spring. For this event, ProStart® students will be invited to partner up with a local experienced chef who will serve as their Sous Chef.
The duo will work together to plan a championship-caliber brunch dish and will be challenged to execute their recipes on April 14th at the event. The first place chef mentor will receive qualification into the Bacon Category, which will require hors d’oeuvres as a structured build.
ProStart® is a career and technical education program that unites the foodservice industry and the classroom to teach high school students culinary skills and restaurant management principles, as well as employability skills such as communication, teamwork, professionalism and time management.
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 went head-to-head for a $100,000 bonus that determined a new World Food Champion in a TV special called The Final Table: Indianapolis. While contestants have to earn their way into WFC by winning a Golden Ticket at a previous competition, potential judges are welcome to take WFC’s online certification course that explains the E.A.T. methodology. Certified judges then request and receive available seats at the next scheduled WFC event. Click here to learn more about getting certified.
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