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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (May 3, 2016) – Food Sport competition takes more than great commitment and great recipes. It also requires great tools to help talented cooks bring their creations to life.

World Food Championships is proud to announce an expanded relationship with Gunter Wilhelm bring one of those key tools to the table. After several years of performance and testing at the Ultimate Food Fight, Gunter Wilhelm has been named the Official Cutlery of WFC as the event enters its 5th Anniversary this November at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Gunter Wilhelm has long been the cutlery brand of choice for many WFC competitors, and the enhanced relationship marks an expansion of the cutlery company’s presence within not only the competition, but also the prize package awarded to the event’s winners. Each of the category World Champions – emerging from the Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Seafood, Steak and Sandwich competitions – will receive a special gift-set of Gunter Wilhelm knives.

The overall World Food Champion – the competitor who emerges from the The Final Table challenge on Nov. 15  – will also receive a full set of Gunter Wilhelm knives and tools valued at more than $1,500.

"Gunter Wilhelm is honored to be recognized by the World Food Championships as the 2016 official cutlery,” said David Malek, CEO, Gunter Wilhelm. “As the most important tool a chef will use, our knives are designed to be used by professional chefs as well as passionate home cooks that are looking for the highest-quality cutlery.”

“We are humbled by the number of culinary professionals and at-home culinary aficionados who have made Gunter Wilhelm their go-to cutlery,” Malek continued. “As we continue to work together to grow this industry and highlight its talent, I look forward to working with the World Food Championships to help all participants demonstrate their skill and be recognized as champions.”

Additionally, Gunter Wilhelm and World Food Championships has teamed to create a special set of WFC-branded cutlery, available now at and that will also be available for purchase on-site at the Championships in November.

The World Food Championships LIGHTNING ProCut collection, like the rest of Gunter Wilhelm’s cutlery products, are crafted from premium High Carbon X50CRMoV15 German steel. The 16-piece line features a wide variety of sizes of chef, carving, slicer, filet and utility knives.

"As we continue to expand and deliver a world-class event for home cooks and chefs, it's very important for us to integrate and partner with world-class products in the many facets of our industry," commented WFC CEO Mike McCloud. "Gunter Wilhelm delivers on that commitment in many ways, from its unparalleled warranty to its premier craftsmanship. Their cutlery is know as the Mercedes in this world for a reason, and we are proud to welcome them into our Food Sport family."

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About Gunter Wilhelm
Gunter Wilhelm®, home of the world’s finest professional cutlery and cookware. Our products are used by the iconic White House Chef Tour™, executive, professional and celebrity chefs. They are also used in top-ranked restaurants and by numerous passionate home cooks all over the world. Our cutlery is made from a 440/X50CrMoV15 premium high carbon no-stain German steel. The legendary Executive Chef Series features a patented triple tang and smart-bolster™ design. It’s manufactured with an optimized heat treatment process which maximizes the steel’s performance. Gunter Wilhelm®’s new, made-in-Germany cutlery lines address new markets while paying close attention to details. Each product has a high-performance edge, unique craftsmanship and exclusive features that have become signature elements of our brand. Gunter Wilhelm® is honored to be the Official Cutlery of the World Food Championships. Visit Gunter Wilhelm online at, on Facebook at, or follow on Twitter @GunterWilhelm.

About the World Food Championships
The World Food Championships ( features hundreds of competitors seeking food fame and fortune. The fifth annual event, scheduled for Nov. 9-15, 2016 at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, invites the champions from the biggest and best food competitions around the world into a single high-stakes culinary showdown for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Follow WFC on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships) and Facebook (

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