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WFC Releases Official 2023 Gateway Partners


WFC Releases Official 2023 Gateway Partners

Now that Early Bird Registration is closed and the 2023 Food Sport season is officially underway, the World Food Championships (WFC) has just announced its list of official qualifying gateways and partners for the 2023 Main Event.

There are four primary tiers of qualifying events: Online Virtual Contests, State Partners, International Partners and Preferred Qualifiers.

While there are more events that will be added as the season kicks off, the current gateways include the following:

Taste of America, WFC’s Online Virtual Contestand largest qualifier, will award numerous entries into 2023’s Main Event through sponsored contests. The first contest is scheduled to kick off on Feb 15, 2023.

Through its State Qualifier program, WFC has already established relationships with multiple partners across the nation and will continue to add more throughout the year. These states will host challenges that qualify home cooks and chefs from around their state to build an official WFC State Team. More specific State Partner details will be released throughout the year leading up to WFC’s Main Event. For now, join us in welcoming these partners:

  • Alabama

  • Connecticut

  • Indiana

  • Maryland

  • Missouri

  • Louisiana 

On the global front, WFC has established a relationship with the following International Partners who will be holding their own events that will qualify teams into WFC to represent their country of origin:

Additionally, the leader in Food Sport has confirmed an official list of Preferred Qualifiers. Preferred Qualifiers are cooking competitions that meet WFC guidelines and specifications for conducting fair contests and certifying winners. Champions of these events will receive a 2023 Golden Ticket with a paid entry. 

Here is an initial list of the 2023 major qualifiers as of Jan. 31, 2023:

Don’t see your local cook off included? Don’t worry. Events will be added throughout the year. Visit for the most current list. For more info on becoming an Official Qualifying Event, email

To stay up to date on qualifying events that are added throughout the year, please check WFC’s Qualifiers page on a regular basis. In the meantime, follow the World Food Championships on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), Facebook and Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships) for more Food Sport updates.

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 12 categories (Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Cocktail, Dessert, Live Fire, Rice/Noodle, Sandwich, Seafood, Soup and Vegetarian). Each year as Food Sport kicks off in January, teams have to earn their way into WFC by winning a Golden Ticket at a previous competition. Almost 40 countries and every state in America have been represented at WFC’s main event, which has awarded more than $2.5 million in cash to rising culinary talent since 2012.

WFC’s judging process requires certification in the proprietary E.A.T.™ methodology. Click here to learn more about getting certified online or in person.

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