Port A Qualifies “Super Chefs” for Big Run in Dallas at the World Food Championships
The Texas Super Chef Throwdown Series was a sizzlin’ success in Port A this past weekend, where Texas chefs descended upon local restaurants and venues to prove their culinary chops as they battled for a spot to compete at the World Food Championships (WFC) this October in Dallas.
“This was the most talented and impressive group of chefs we’ve seen yet,” commented Jeff Hentz, president of the Port A Chamber and the driver behind the Series, which was started in 2018. “Both local and state-wide chefs proved how great the culinary talent is in Texas. In fact, we believe they will represent Port A and Texas in a very successful way at the World event in Dallas.”
There were three sections of winners at the Texas Super Chef Throwdown Series, which occurred over four days and used seven Port Aransas venues. More than 70 chefs applied for the series in hopes to win a WFC Golden Ticket to qualify into this year’s Ultimate Food Fight set for Oct. 16-20 at Reunion Tower Lawn. The winners include:
Competition Winners (1st place in each category)
Rob Richards from McKinney
Julie Adauto from El Paso
Rick Alaniz from Corpus Christi
Jason Cole from Houston
Dennis Butterworth from Houston
Mary Morgan from Dallas
Tim Eckard from Houston
Vita Jarrin from Port Aransas
Matthew Larson from Port Aransas
Chris Collins from Port Aransas
Chairman’s Excellence Winners (scores of 90 or above)
Matt Axtell from Port Aransas
Marcos Sillero from Austin
Tisha Gavlik from Corpus Christi
Scot Loranc from Driftwood
Christopher Beasley from Port Aransas
Carlos Salazar from New Braunfels
Aundre Blasingame from Dallas
Mike Porter from Rockport
Kathryn Bainbridge from Port Aransas
People’s Choice Winners (public sampling)
Kate Meyer-McDowell from Port Aransas
Sherwin Laday from Huffman
Other members of Team Texas, who earned their way into WFC through previous competitions include Chef Gail Huesmann, Chef Ty Frazier, Tina Crutchfield, Chef Keith Browning, and Chef Jeffrey Kolinger.
Team Texas will now compete at the 8th Annual World Food Championships, which will occur at the Reunion Tower Lawn in downtown Dallas October 16-20. More than 500 teams from 40+ states and almost 20 countries will be vying for their share of over $350,000 of cash in ten categories.
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About the 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 cooking masters competing for food, fame and fortune in ten categories: Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. In 2018, over 1,500 contestants on nearly 500 official teams from 42 American states and 12 countries competed. More than 20 million people have attended WFC or have seen it on national TV over the past seven years. This year's Main Event will be held in Dallas, Texas at Reunion Tower Lawn, Oct. 16-20.
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