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Elite Qualifiers



Restaurant Association of Maryland State Qualifier Event
in Aberdeen, MD - TBD

Exciting news for Maryland's professional chefs, home cooks and pro cooks looking to win their way into the biggest Food Sport competition in the world. The Restaurant Association of Maryland, an official state partner of WFC, is inviting you to take part in their upcoming competitions. These events are the exclusive gateway to qualify for WFC for Maryland cooks. WFC hopefuls will have to chance to win a Golden Ticket to compete in the championships in Dallas, Texas in November for the Chef, Sandwich and Bacon categories. Stay tuned for more details!
Dominican Food Championships- Ruta de Tapas
in Santo Domingo, DR - June 2020

Over 2 weeks in June, more than 20 restaurants in Santo Domingo will be competing for a Golden Ticket to WFC’s 2020 World Chef Championship. Chefs will create their best dish in the "Tapa Style" and a winner will be elected by a selected group of judges and the public.
Dominican Food Championships
in Santo Domingo, DR - TBD

This year, the Dominican Food Championships will be awarding a second Golden Ticket to compete in the Burger category at WFC 2020! More details on the event will be announced soon…
Canadian BBQ Society
online - August 2020

As the official Canadian organization to promote and represent competition barbecue in our home country, we are proud to partner with the World Food Championships. The CBBQS will award two waived entry Golden Tickets to participate in both the EAT and IBCA rounds of the 2020 World Barbecue Championship. These invitations will be extended to a top team from Western Canada and a top team from Eastern Canada.
Michigan's Chef Challenge
in Detroit, MI -

Michigans Chef Challenge is a series of five live cooking competitions, featuring executive chefs, home cooks and even food truck slingers. Each competition has a different food theme with chefs battling it out to see who will end up on top. Audience members watch via live stream throughout the Kings Court Castle and receive samples of each chef’s product. The top chef receives the Golden Ticket into the category of Bacon, Burger, Dessert, Seafood and Soup.
Nashville Lifestyles - Food Fest
in Nashville, TN - TBD

Watch as top Nashville Chefs battle it out in a LIVE COMPETITION featuring their best dishes and cocktail pairings. Tickets are $35 and include the choice of a cocktail and samples of all dishes and cocktails. Cast your vote for your favorite – the Fan Favorite receives a Golden Ticket to compete in the World Chef Championship at WFC 2020. Rain or Shine, join us for music, cocktails and delicious dishes! A portion of the proceeds benefits Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee.
Nashville Lifestyles - Battle of the Burger
in Nashville, TN - TBD

Watch as top Nashville Chefs battle it out in a LIVE COMPETITION featuring their best burger. Tickets are $35 and include the choice of a cocktail and samples of all burgers. Cast your vote for your favorite burger – the Judge’s Choice winner receives a Golden Ticket to compete in the World Burger Championship at WFC 2020. Rain or Shine, join us for music, cocktails and delicious burgers! A portion of the proceeds benefits Songs for Sound.
Nashville Scene- Burger Week
in Nashville, TN on July 13-19, 2020

Thanks for eating your heart out during Nashville Scene's 6th annual Burger Week. At the conclusion of your #SceneBurgerWeek20 indulgences, kindly vote for your favorite #SceneBurgerWeek20 burger. The winning location will win a super cool plaque to hang on their wall, a chance to compete in the 2020 World Food Championships and perhaps most importantly: Burger Bragging Rights. So get your buns over here and send those votes in! (And don’t be a piece of...old wilted lettuce -- only vote for burgers you’ve had!)
Lodge Cast Iron Cook Off
in Chattanooga, TN on August 25, 2019

The annual Lodge Cast Iron Cook Off features Chattanooga's most prominent and rising chefs who create culinary delights for our panel of judges, using fresh ingredients right from the Chattanooga Market. Each chef is provided a basic pantry (salt, sugar, flour, etc.), maybe a mystery ingredient or two, and a modest budget to shop the Market for any remaining ingredients they need. The winner of the Lodge Cast Iron will receive a Golden Ticket to the World Chef Challenge at the 2020 World Food Championships.
The Mushroom Festival - Amateur Mushroom Cook-off
in Kennett Sq., PA on September 7, 2019

Fungi lovers from near and far return to Kennett Square, PA, the Mushroom Capital of the World, each year to celebrate its #1 cash crop – mushrooms! The mission of The Mushroom Festival is to promote the mushroom, educate consumers about the health benefits of mushrooms, and to promote tourism in Southern Chester County. The Amateur Mushroom Cook-off is one of the Festival's highlights along with cooking demonstrations and the Growers' Exhibit. Last year's cook-off theme was Pasta and Mushrooms, sponsored by Scaramuzzo Pasta. The First Place winner received $1,500 plus a Golden Ticket to compete in the World Recipe Championship at WFC2020.
BaconFest VA
in Roanoke, VA on September 21, 2019

Local chefs competing for the title of BaconFest Champion serve up bacon-inspired dishes to thousands of hungry bacon fans! Beer provided by Twin Creeks Brewery. And the winning team gets a Golden Ticket (with waived entry) to compete in the Bacon World Championship at WFC2020 for a prize purse of $350,000!
Georgia Seafood Fest- 1st place Judge's Choice & People's Choice
in Atlanta, GA on November 9, 2019

The festival will bring together the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Georgia Coastal Seafood scene. Atlanta’s top amateur and professional chefs will compete for a coveted slot in the 2020 World Food Championships!
Sertoma Chili Cookoff
in Springfield, MO on February 22, 2020

The Sertoma Chili Cook-Off is a Preferred Qualifier for the 2020 World Soup Championship. Over 10K will be in attendance and 80 teams will be serving up 20K cups of chili! All proceeds go to local children’s charities. You’re invited to compete in Springfield for the waived entry Golden Ticket and a chance to win $100K at WFC2020.
Baconfest MKE
in Milwaukee, WI on February 23, 2020

The 9 th annual Baconfest MKE happens at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino where hundreds of hungry HOG Heads devour unique bacon creations. SE Wisconsin’s best restaurants will face off to earn a Golden Ticket w/waived entry to the Bacon category at WFC2020. Five local DJ’s from 102.9 “THE HOG” will be judging the competition!
Team Alabama- Fairhope Emblem Club Chef Competition
in Fairhope, AL on March 21, 2020

Teams will compete by creating a one-of-a-kind signature dish for the crowd to enjoy. There will be experienced, passionate judges weighing the flavors and presentations carefully to crown the BEST CHEF IN LOWER ALABAMA!! Limited to 10 Chefs. Each team is required to make 250 samples for the public in addition to One Show Plate and Five sample dishes for judging. First place - $500 plus 2020 WFC Golden Ticket. Second Place - $300. Third Place - $200. Special Hall's Sausage Sponsor Award and Crowd Favorite.
Team Alabama- Wheelhouse Opp- Steak Bite Showdown (Burger)
in Opp, AL on March 27, 2020

Competitors will have 1 hour to prep, cook and prepare one signature Burger recipe with a secret ingredient chosen by Wheelhouse. The secret ingredient will have to be incorporated into the chefs recipe. Competition rules will be in accordance with all WFC sanctioned events. Judging will be a double blind tasting format and judged by EAT certified judges.
Team Alabama- Wheelhouse Opp- Steak Bite Showdown
in Opp, AL on March 28, 2020

Competitors will have 1 hour to prep, cook and prepare one signature Steak recipe with a secret ingredient chosen by Wheelhouse. The secret ingredient will have to be incorporated into the chefs recipe. Competition rules will be in accordance with all WFC sanctioned events. Judging will be a double blind tasting format and judged by EAT certified judges.
Team Alabama- Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
in Dauphin Island, AL on April 18, 2020

Proceeds from the 11th Annual Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off will benefit the new Dauphin Island Community Center. Enjoy live music, Good Food and Kids' Activities. Admission is $15 at the gate; Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Welcome Center or ACP Real Estate/Remax. Children under 10 get in free. To compete - There is no team registration fee but each team is responsible to sell 20 tickets. Gumbo Cook-off categories are: Seafood (may contain sausage), Wildcard (chicken, vegetarian, alligator, etc), and What'evs (whatever the heck you want to cook - any edible food item that you want to present). Teams must cook a minimum of 5 gallons. Non soup entries should prepare 300 servings. All prep and cooking must be done on site. The winner will receive an Golden Ticket to complete in the 2020 World Food Championship!
CRO 1st Annual Salsa Smackdown
in Henderson, KY on April 25, 2020

The Chloe Randolph Organization proudly presents the 1 st Annual Salsa Smackdown with a Judge’s Choice for Best All-Around Salsa and People’s Choice Awards too! Enter the Salsa Smackdown and become the first ever Salsa Smackdown Champion. The winner receives a Golden Ticket with waived entry to compete in the World Recipe Championship at WFC2020!
Made Here Market
in Cookeville, TN on April 25, 2020

The Biz Foundry was proud to host Cookeville's first Made Here Market (MHM) in 2019. The Market showcased artists, makers, and creators from around the Cookeville and wider Upper Cumberland Region. Made Here Market received more than 4,000 visitors in 2019, and we plan to see even more in 2020!
License to Eat- Dallas
in Dallas, TX on May 10, 2020

Attendees will be sampling and judging the soup that is created during the throw down of 3 competitors.
Get Wild with Wild Rice
online on May 11-June 14, 2020

Submit your original wild rice recipes for the Get Wild with Wild Rice Recipe Contest. You may enter up to one recipe per person in each of these categories: Appetizer, Salad, Soup, Entrée, Side.  And the winner receives a Golden Ticket with waived entry to WFC’s World Soup Championship. Prize packs for finalists, determined by judges. Cash grand prize, determined by judges. Cash People’s Choice Award. World Food Championships completion cash prize from council. Finalist recipes will be published and may be included in cooking demonstrations.
High on the Hog Festival
in Winchester, TN on May 22-23, 2020

Come join High on the Hog Festival for a week of family fun! The winner will receive a Golden Ticket to compete in BBQ this year at the World Food Championships!
Dominican Food Championships- Mayo Burger Tour
in Santo Domingo, DR on May 24-30, 2020

The Mayo Burger Tour is the most important burger competition for restaurants in the Dominican Republic. For 5 years, MBT has selected the best restaurant burger in the whole D.R. This year, 20 or more restaurants will battle to gain a Golden Ticket to compete in the Burger category at WFC2020.
Cuban Sandwich Festival: Worlds Best Traditional Cuban Sandwich
in Tampa, FL on May 31, 2020

Competition consists of World's Best Cuban Sandwich where contestants come from all over the world to compete and win! 1st place winner for “Best Traditional Cuban Sandwich” will receive a Golden Ticket to the 2020 World Sandwich Championship. Each year we build the longest Cuban Sandwich in the world and we hold the world’s record so come enjoy the fun! 2020 Sandwich Goal: 193 feet.
World Championship Hot Wing Contest & Festival- 1st place
in Memphis, TN on June 6, 2020

The 2020 World Championship Hot Wing Contest & Festival will include a competitive wing-eating contest and corn-hole tournament, parade, family fun activities including crafts, and some of the best “Blues, Soul, and Rock & Roll” musical entertainment Memphis has to offer. First place winner will received a waived Golden Ticket to compete at the World Food Championships. Second and Third place winners will receive a non waived Golden Ticket to compete at the World Food Championships.
Nashville Scene- Iron Fork
in Nashville, TN on June 10, 2020

The Nashville Scene is proud to host our 13th Iron Fork, presented by US Foods! The 2020 Iron Fork event will showcase four top local chefs battling it out in a head-to-head competition to win the prestigious “Iron Fork” trophy, a chance to compete in the 2020 World Food Championships and bragging rights for the next year! During the competition, attendees will enjoy unlimited samples of cuisine from 20 local restaurants and sip cocktails, beer and wine, as they watch the heated competition go down!
Maryland Foodie Fest
in Aberdeen, MD on June 13, 2020

Exciting news for Maryland's professional chefs, home cooks and pro cooks looking to win their way into the biggest Food Sport competition in the world. The Restaurant Association of Maryland, an official state partner of WFC, is inviting you to take part in their one-day, family-friendly food festival competition. The Maryland Foodie Fest is the exclusive gateway to qualify for WFC for Maryland cooks. WFC hopefuls will have to chance to win a Golden Ticket to compete in the championships in Dallas, Texas in November for both the Burger and Seafood categories. The event will also feature food samplings from restaurants across the state, beer and wine, live music and much more!
Canadian Festival of Chili & BBQ
in Langley, BC on August 21-23, 2020

The 33rd Annual Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ returns to Langley as WFC’s official Food Championships of Western Canada. With two days of tasty fun for the whole family, this is the oldest and largest Chili and BBQ contest in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. On Saturday we host The Canadian International CASI Chili Championships and on Sunday The BC BBQ Championships. 10 Golden Tickets will be awarded across multiple categories including Bacon, Burger, Chef, Soup, Steak, and Recipe.
Taste of Latino Festival
in Tampa, FL on October 18, 2020

Competition consists of TOP Latino Chefs from around the world that come and compete to win! 1st place winner for “TOP Latino Chef” will receive a Golden Ticket to the 2021 World Chef Championship. TOP Latino Chef Contest Categories include: Dessert Category: Flan, Tres Leche, Guava Pastries. Appetizer Category: Tapas, Ceviche, Empanadas, Arepas, Tacos and Main Dish Category: Arroz con Pollo, Paella, Other Rice Dish