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World Food Championships Stokes the Competition Fire with New Category


World Food Championships Stokes the Competition Fire with New Category

The World Food Championships (WFC) announced last month that Live Fire will be a new category at this year’s Main Event in Dallas. Today, organizers announced more details on exactly what “Live Fire” means for contestants hoping to take top honors at this year’s competition. 

“We have been watching the Live Fire trend and are excited to add it as a category at the World Food Championships,” said Mike McCloud, President and CEO of WFC. “As any pro BBQ team will tell you, working with fire is tricky. A bad weather day could wreak havoc on your cook. It definitely adds a whole other dimension to the competition. But it also allows for a lot of creative cooking methods.”

Unlike traditional low and slow BBQ, Live Fire contestants at WFC will be required to cook their culinary creations in a much more abbreviated cook time, McCloud explained. From the lighting of their fire to the end of their turn in window, Live Fire cooks will have 1 hour and 45 minutes. 

Another difference between BBQ and Live Fire is the restriction on the type of heat source. Gas and electric heat sources will NOT be permitted for cooking or holding during the competition window – instead, only wood or charcoal will to be allowed.

“In other Live Fire competitions, we’ve seen some really interesting, custom-made contraptions that look almost medieval. We’re excited to see how creative people can get with this category,” McCloud added. “Even though we replaced our Steak category with this new process, we still believe a lot of tomahawks and big pieces of meat will be featured. But it’s not limited to that, so who knows what our Food Sport teams will bring to the table.”

Anyone interested in competing in Live Fire or any of the other 11 categories at this year’s event, can click here for the 2023 WFC Official Rules.

ere is a list of ways to qualify into 2023 Live Fire:

  • Any Grand Champion from a sanctioned BBQ contest
  • Any SCA sanctioned contest golden ticket winner
  • Any previous Fire Woman champion
Only 20 teams will be accepted into Live Fire. 

To stay up to date on all WFC news, 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 since 2012.

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