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WFC News Archive for January 2013

World Open Chili Championship Automatic Qualifiers Announced

The World Food Championships also announced today how the best Chili teams and chili cooks in the world can qualify to compete in the championship finals this fall in Las Vegas. In addition to the Top 5 overall finishers in the 2012 World Open Chili Championship, the WFC will be sending invitations to the Grand Champions of the following competitions to compete in the World Open Chili Championship: INTERNATIONAL CHILI SOCIETY Based on the Red and Verde Champions at the following events:Laughlin Regional - Laughlin, NVGreat Forsyth Regional Cookoff - Forsyth, ILKentucky State - Ashland, KY99.9 Kiss Country Chili Cookoff - Pembroke Pines, FLGulf Coast Regional – St George Island, FL (Red only)Capital Market Green Chili Shootout – Charleston, WV (Verde only)Old Town Temecula Regional - Temecula CA*New England Regional – Somers, CTDC Chili Cookoff – Washington DCNew Jersey State Chili Cookoff - Toms River, NJOhio State - Westerville, OHRiver City - Old Town Elk Grove Regional - Elk GroveSangamon County Fair Regional Chili Cookoff - New Berlin, ILSmoke on the Water – Charleston, WVBig Bear Regional Cookoff - Big Bear Lake, CAFire on the Mountain Regional - Snowshoe, WVWestern Regional – Del Mar, CAIllinois State Fair Town of Superior Regional - Superior, COAll Ohio Regional - Cincinnati, OHWest Virginia State ChilifestKansas State - Wichita Wagonmasters - Wichita, KSWorld's Championship Chili Cookoff - Palm Springs, CAGreat Lakes Regional - Plymouth, MINorth Carolina State - Havelock, NCChillinois Regional - Taylorville, ILNevada State - Laughlin, NV*Wheeling Feeling - Wheeling WVOklahoma State - Owasso Harvest Fest Chili Cookoff - Owasso, OKMichigan State - Livonia, MIChicago West Regional Cookoff - Countryside, ILFive Alarm Mountain Madness - Farmington, PAArizona State - Flagstaff AZSmokin' Big Chili Challenge - Mesquite, NVHigh Sierra Regional - Carson City, NVFire on the Mountain - Virginia City, NVSespe Creek Chili Cookoff - Fillmore, CATustin Street Fair & Chili Cookoff - Tustin, CACamarillo Hospice Regional Chili Cookoff - Camarillo, CA CHILI APPRECIATION SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL Based on the overall Champion at the following events:Tri State Open - Amarillo, TXSouth of the Border International Chili Cookooff- Puerto Penasco, MX San Miguel International Chili Cook-off – San Miguel de Allende, MXHorned Toad Regional Chili Cookoff – Rankin, TXArizona State Open – Casa Grande, AZTexas Men’s State – Johnson City, TXRoadRunner Chili Cookoff - New River, AZ Texas Ladies State – Seguin, TXLarry Joe Taylor Annual – Stephenville, TXKansas State Women's Open CCO – Overland Park, KSKansas State Men's Open CCO - Overland Park, KSHouston POD CASI Chili Cook-off – Houston, TXAlabama State Open Chili Championship – Hoover, ALNC CASI Chili Championship – Greensboro, NCSouthwest Open Chili Championship – Durant, OKTexas Open Chili Cookoff – San Antonio, TXSteel Horse Saloon Chili Cook Off - Phoenix, AZThree-I Regional Open Championship – Ottumwa, IAState of Colorado Chili Championship – Grand Lake, COAnnual Caballo Eagles #4308 CCOMassachusetts State Chili Championship – Middlefield, MAUS National Open Chili Championship – Buda, TXFlorida State Open Chili Championship – Homosassa, FLWoodbridge California State – Woodbridge, CATerlingua International – Terlingua, TXSan Miguel International Chili Cookoff - San Miguel de AllendeWashington State Spring BBQ Championship-  Monroe, WA TOLBERT Based on the Champion at the following events:Giddy Ups Thanksgiving Cookoff – Manchaca, TXCedar Hall Special Olympics Chili & BBQ Cookoff– Lockhart, TXTolbert's Men's State Chili Championship – Maxdale, TXAl Hopkins Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship – Lockhart, TXRoughneck Chili & BBQ Cookoff – Luling, TXMud Dauber Fest/Chili Cook Off– Luckenbach, TXLil' Ol' Country Cook offOriginal Terlingua International Frank X Tolbert - Terlingua, TX Independent Based on the Champion at the following events: Johnsonville Italian Chili Challenge  JUST A PINCH TBD WFC SPECIAL INVITATIONS TBD If a Champion is not able to accept the invitation and participate in The World Food Championships, invitations will be extended to the 2nd place (or runner up) of the same competition from the same respective category.

January 31, 2013
World Barbecue Championship Automatic Qualifiers Announced

The road to the World Food Championships in 2013 is starting to come into focus. The World Food Championships announced today how the best BBQ teams and chili cooks in the world can qualify to compete in the championship finals this fall in Las Vegas.  In addition to the Top 5 overall finishers in the 2012 World Barbecue Championship, the WFC will be sending invitations to the Grand Champions of the following competitions to compete in the World Barbecue Championship: KANSAS CITY BARBEQUE SOCIETY Based on the Grand Champions of the following events:Lakeland Pig Festival – Lakeland, FLBBQ Championship & Hog Wild Festival – Mobile, ALGreat Southern Tailgate Cookoff - Amelia Island, FLBixby BBQ n Blues Festival - Bixby, OKPork in the Park – Salisbury, MDDana Point BBQ - Dana Point, CATony Stone Low and Slow – Zanndam, NetherlandsWhistle Stop Festival & Rocket City BBQ – Huntsville, ALStagecoach Music Festival BBQ Championship – Indio, CABakersfield’s Biggest Baddest BBQ Championship – Bakersfield, CAArizona Barbecue Festival - Scottsdale, AZBloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass – Sevierville, TNPapa Joe's Banjo-B-Que – Evans, GABlue Ridge BBQ Festival – Tryon, NCCentral MD Swinetastic - Frederick, MDColorado BBQ Challenge – Frisco, COIowa State BBQ Championship – Marshalltown, IAGreat Lenexa BBQ Battle – Lenexa, KSSafeway National Capital Barbecue Battle – Washington DCI Love Barbecue & Music Festival – Lake Placid, NYPork & Brew State BBQ Championship – Rio Rancho, NMSC Festival of Discovery – Greenwood, SCNew Jersey State BBQ Championship – North Wildwood, NJUp in Smoke BBQ Bash – Mason City, IADillard Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival – Dillard, GASanta Anita Park Winners' Circle BBQ Championship - Arcadia, CAMadison Ribberfest Barbeque and Blues – Madison, INWinnipeg Barbecue & Blues Festival – Winnipeg, MBWyoming State BBQ Championship – Worland, WYSmokin’ in Mesquite BBQ Challenge – Mesquite, NVCity of Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival – Bedford, TXColorado Pork & Hops Challenge - Grand Junction, COBlue Springs Barbeque Blaze Off – Blue Springs, MODecatur Jaycees Annual Riverfest – Decatur, ALCherokee Strip Cookoff – Ponca City, OKMurphysboro Barbecue Cook Off – Murphysboro, ILRoots n Blues n BBQ – Columbia, MOShawnee Great Grillers State Championship – Shawnee, KSBikes, Blues & BBQ – Fayetteville, ARAmerican Royal – Kansas City MO (invitational)American Royal – Kansas City MO (open)Sam’s Club National Championship – Bentonville, ARCherokee Pignic – Canton, GAHog Happnin’ – Shelby, NCThe National BBQ Cup – Cumming, GA Chubby Hubby BBQ Bash - Mesa, AZShow Low BBQ Throwdown - Show Low, AZSalute to Service BBQ Challenge - Mesa, AZHolbrook Ace in the Hole BBQ Cook-off - Holbrook, AZBest of the Basin BBQ Championship - Midland, TXSam's Club National BBQ Tour Region 1 Finals - Hendersonville, TNSam's Club National BBQ Tour Region 2 Finals - Midwest City, OKSam's Club National BBQ Tour Region 3 Finals - Rockford, ILSam's Club National BBQ Tour Region 4 Finals - Las Vegas, NVSam's Club National BBQ Tour Region 5 Finals - Chesapeake, VAChar-Broil Pig Bowl - Columbus, GA INTERNATIONAL BARBEQUE COOKERS ASSOCIATION Based on the Grand Champions of the following events:Smokin’ on the Rio – Mercedes, TXLaGarto Community BBQ – LaGarto, TXTraders Village BBQ – Grand Prairie, TXTerrell Heritage Jubilee, Terrell, TXCentral Texas Roughneck BBQ Cook-off - Luling, TXFt Worth Cops 4 Kids – Ft Worth, TXMontgomery County Fair – Conroe, TXCentral Market's Thrill of the Grill - Plano, TXTBIPAC BBQ Throwdown – Marksville, LALil Earl's Hometown Throwdown - Marshall, TXTexas Independence Day Celebration and Cook OffParty in the Pits – Ponchatoula, LAWest Vol.

January 31, 2013
First BBQ Qualifying Events Announced for 2013 World Food Championships

Trybe Targeting, producers of the World Food Championships, announced today an agreement with the WR Pro BBQ Series, which will be promoting and producing several Automatic Qualifiers in the BBQ division of the 2013 championships.  The agreement paves the way for the champions of each WR Pro BBQ Series event to earn their seat at the WFC at no charge, as well as travel arrangements to Las Vegas for this ultimate food fight.

January 28, 2013
2012 World Food Champion

Originally from Las Vegas, Chef Robert Butler has been working in professional kitchens for thirteen years but did not attend culinary school. The various kitchens and influences Butler has had throughout the years, along with hard work and determination, schooled him in the ways of culinary greatness. Chef Butler lists Chef Sam Pollack, Chef David Kellaway CMC and his mother, who was a chef for 30 years, as his greatest culinary influences.

January 13, 2013
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