Cooking is a sport. There are numerous cooking competitions throughout the country and on television. The newer sport is cocktail competitions, especially when paired with food.

On Wednesday evening, Chicago q, the popular Gold Coast barbecue restaurant, hosted the National Restaurant Association Kick Off Party, Whiskey Wednesday Cocktail Battle.

Chicago q, World Food ChampionshipsKenmoreExecutive Chef Kari Karch, and Yummie Nation hosted the event. Chicago q chef owner, Lee Ann Whippen is a nationally known food champion and television personality in her own right.