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Category Champions Face-off at the Final Table


Category Champions Face-off at the Final Table

To even qualify for the Final Table, each competitor would best 400 other hopefuls with the dream of cooking for $100,000 and the title of World Food Champion.

Tuesday night's World Food Championships Final Table would finish with the following results: 

  • World Food Champion and Bacon World Champion – Ricardo Heredia, San Diego, Calif. 
  • Runner-up and World Burger Champion – Wade Fortin, Chicago, Ill.
  • 3rd Place - World Barbecue Champion – Sweet Smoke Q (Jim Elser), Winter Haven, Fla.
  • 4th Place - World Pasta Champion – Suzanne Clark, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • 5th Place - World Seafood Champion – Terry Reinhardt, Red Bud, Ill.
  • 6th Place - World Open Chili Champion – Ray Bogart, Boulder City, Nev.
  • 7th Place - World Sandwich Champion – Kelli Cochran-Fairchild, Vallejo, Calif.
  • 8th Place - World Dessert Champion – Laurie Figone, Petaluma, Calif.
  • 9th Place - World Recipe Champion – Half Baked Hippies (David Grover), Murray, Utah
"I was impressed with every entry given at the Final Table," said Kari Karch, Kenmore® Brand’s executive chef and WFC Final Table Judge. "The amount of time, energy, patience, precision and technique that goes into creating a dish worthy of this competition is staggering.  Regardless of where they placed at the Final Table, each of these competitors are already champions."

Competitors will now look toward the year-long journey to the 2015 World Food Championships which will take place in Kissimmee, Fla. from Nov. 1 through 8, 2015.

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