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Elite Culinary Champions Prepare for World Chef Challenge


Elite Culinary Champions Prepare for World Chef Challenge

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (October 19, 2016) – The World Food Championships announced today the full lineup of chefs competing in the World Chef Challenge this November in Orange Beach, AL. Coming from as far as Tanzania, this special challenge for professional chefs at WFC is loaded with 21 of the greatest culinary champions the event has ever seen. 

Presented by Reinhart Foodservice and Bull Outdoor Products, the Chef Throwdown pits world-class chefs in a multi-round tournament with the winner taking home a bounty of cash and prizes. The World Chef Challenge is exclusively designed to find and feature professional chefs in a unique challenge that has to impress celebrity chefs and culinary professional judges.

There are three categories that separate chefs into Regional, National or International pairings, with 21 total chefs trying to prove their hand skills and culinary creativity with a signature and mystery basket round of cooking challenges.

“The World Chef Challenge is one of WFC’s most anticipated match-ups,” commented Mike McCloud, CEO of World Food Championships. “Its an awesome event to experience, as some of the best chefs in the world go head-to-head in a live Chef Throwdown. It's truly remarkable to watch these pros go through the hand skills and mystery basket rounds of competition.”

This free event kicks off on Friday, Nov. 11th with the International category going first. Then on Saturday, Nov. 12, the Regional and National categories will enter the Bull Arena for their respective challenges. From each category, one winner will emerge victorious and head to the Final Round of three chefs on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Below is the full lineup of chefs competing in the WCC:

International Division:

  • Fred Uisso of Tanzania: Executive Chef of Club Afrikando

  • Vincent Stanley of India: Executive Chef of Escape Hotel and Spa

  • Robyn Almodovar of Fort Lauderdale, FL: Executive Chef of Palate Party

  • Paul Baird of Ontario, Canada: Executive Chef of Los Fenix Ltd

  • Tenzing Tsering of Jackson Heights, NY: Executive Chef of Gangiong Kitchen

  • Chuck Hoover of Tampa, FL: Electrolux Professional Division Corporate Chef

  • Amadeus Amador of Jacksonville, FL: Executive Chef of Caribbean Fusion Pop Up Dinner 2nd Edition

 National Division:

  • Steve Brown of San Diego, CA: Executive Chef of The Shipping Yard

  • Nick Thiers of Tennessee: Competed in Five Star Food Fight

  • David Skinner of Kemah, TX: Executive Chef of Eculent

  • Jonathon Scinto of Long Island, NY: Appeared on CHOPPED Live

  • Anthony Serrano of Chandler, AZ: Executive Chef of El Palacio of Chandler

  • Dan Nichols of Bloomington, IN: Executive Chef of Big Woods Bloomington

  • Alex Brugger of Kingston, MA: Executive Chef of The Compass Ground USA


  • John Hamme of Orange Beach, AL: Chef at Spectrum Resorts

  • Brandon Burlson of Montgomery, AL: Executive Chef of Central Restaurant

  • Mike Newhall of Pensacola, FL: Executive Chef at Elite Catering

  • Logan Kendall of Auburn, AL: Chef’s Roll Featured Chef

  • Jason Ramirez of Orange Beach, AL: Executive Chef at Villagio Grill

  • Jack Baker of Orange Beach, AL: Executive Chef at Cobalt the Restaurant

  • Lee Bell of  Orange Beach, AL: Chef at Spectrum Resorts

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