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Elite Qualifiers



SCA Ancillary Golden Ticket Holder
in Various Locations, on January 1, 2024

Any SCA Ancillary category golden ticket holder is qualified to compete in one of the following 2024 categories: Sandwich, Bacon, Dessert, Chef, Seafood, Vegetarian. Reserve your spot today!
BaconFest MKE
in Milwaukee, WI on February 25, 2024

Bacon Mac & Cheese. Bacon smashed sliders. Bacon stuffed meatballs. Bacon rice crispies treats. Bacon jalapeno poppers. Bacon. More bacon. Sound like foods you’d like in your belly? If so, 102.9 The Hog's Baconfest MKE is for you. The 12th annual event, presented by Farmland and Patrick Cudahy, returns to Potawatomi Casino Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for another year of meatastic gluttony. PLUS select restaurants will compete for a 2024 Golden Ticket into the Bacon Category!
SCA Steak Golden Ticket Holder
in Various Locations, on February 29, 2024

Any Any SCA golden ticket holder in Steak is qualified to compete in the Live Fire category at the 2024 World Food Championships in Indianapolis. Claim your spot today!
The Gulf Coast Beer, Bacon & BBQ Festival
in Gulfport, MS on March 2, 2024

The Gulf Coast Beer, Bacon & BBQ Festival is held at the Hollywood Warehouse where they build movie sets and props and is the perfect backdrop for our event. We sell out each year with over 600 tickets and over 100 vendors and volunteers. Our event is a coast favorite and we have the best time showcasing some of the best Breweries, Restaurants and Chefs that the Coast has to offer. This year's winners in the Bacon and BBQ contests will receive a Golden Ticket to compete at the 2024 World Food Championships!
Surf & Earth Culinary Competitions
in Ocean City, MD on March 3-4, 2024

The OCHMRA Expo (Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association) will be home to this exciting new Maryland WFC Qualifier where two Golden Tickets will be awarded in Chef and Seafood.
The Truffle Masters
in Houston, TX on March 4, 2024

Celebrating 10 years in 2024, The Truffle Masters will host 30 top Houston chefs as they battle it out using one super-lux ingredient – the black truffle.
Cowtown Burger Showdown
in Fort Worth, TX on March 16, 2024

Who has the best burger in North Texas? The Third Annual Cowtown Burger Showdown aims to find out! This is a family-friendly event. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Brotherhood For the Fallen, a Texas-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to responding to officer families who have been killed in the line of duty. Two Golden Tickets to compete in WFC 2024 will be awarded.
Taste of Lake Murray
in Columbia, SC on March 21, 2024

The Lake Murray Country Region’s most popular “Party With A Purpose” is set for March 21, 2024, at the DoubleTree by Hilton! Dance the night away while listening to music from The Voltage Brothers on the main stage and Under the Sun on the outdoor stage. Sample flavors from around the region and vote for your favorite chef to join Team Lake Murray Country at the World Food Championships.
Iron Fork
in Nashville, TN on April 4, 2024

The Nashville Scene’s 15th Annual Iron Fork, presented by US Foods, returns with top chefs from Music City's best restaurants battling it out to vie for the coveted Iron Fork Champions trophy and entry to the 2024 World Food Championships. This year's catch? All of our competitors have already won Iron Fork before... and now they'll compete as the best of the best to be crowned the Ultimate Iron Fork Champion!
Battle of the Burger
in Nashville, TN on April 25, 2024

Battle of the Burger is an official World Food Championship Qualifying Event. The “Battle of the Burger Fan Favorite” winner will earn a waived entry to compete in the 2024 World Burger Championships in Indianapolis, November 8 - 12, where they will be one of 20 teams competing for the World Burger Champion title, $10,000 in cash and the opportunity to advance to WFC's Final Table and a $150,000 grand prize. Additionally, the winner will receive (2) VIP Lounge passes to take a break between all the epic culinary action.
Arkansas Pie Festival
in Cherokee Village, AR on April 27, 2024

The Arkansas Pie Festival is set to return to Cherokee Village on April 29, 2023 as a partner of the World Food Championship, the biggest Food Sport event in the world. As an official qualifying event for WFC, the Arkansas Pie Festival will award one Golden Ticket to its champion making them eligible to compete in the Dessert category at the international cooking tournament this fall.
Taste of America - Top 5
online on May 1-15, 2024

The World Food Championships’ largest online recipe contest, Taste of America, will be offering up numerous opportunities for automatic qualification or free entry into 2024’s Main Event. Member's Mark is hosting the very first Taste of America of the 2024 Season. The top 5 winners will receive a waived Golden Ticket to compete this year in the category of their choice (and depending on availability)!
Taste of America - 6 - 10
online on May 1-15, 2024

Sixth through tenth place winners will receive a reduced registration of $250 to compete in the category of their choice (and depending on availability)!
Taste of America - 16 - 25
online on May 1-15, 2024

Sixteenth through twenty-fifth place winners will receive qualification and non-discounted registration in the category of their choice (and depending on availability)!
Taste of America - 11 - 15
online on May 1-15, 2024

Eleventh through fifteenth place winners will receive a reduced registration of $500 to compete in the category of their choice (and depending on availability)!
Get Wild With Wild Rice
in Online Recipe Contest, MN on May 6-June 10, 2024

If you’ve got the “chops” to match your cooking skills against others in a competition of culinary creativity, then you’ll be in for a “wild” (rice) time! Get Wild with Wild Rice Recipe contest is open May 6 – June 10. WFC Golden Ticket into the 2024 World Soup Championship will be awarded.
SmokeSlam
in Memphis, TN on May 16-18, 2024

ATTENTION BBQ TEAMS - WHO WANTS THAT CROWN? Is it a heavyweight championship competition? A concert? A carnival? A battle royale for braggin’ rights and big bucks? A celebration of all things Q? The best three days of your life? For fans of smoked meat and good times, the answer is all of the above. SmokeSlam will be a barbecue festival like no other – serious about competition and making the event a great experience for teams and guests alike.
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Fresno
in Fresno, CA on May 18, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 15 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Union Gap
in Union Gap, WA on May 18, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 15 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Taste of Hardford
in Hardford, MD on May 19, 2024

Taste of Harford showcases local restaurants and agricultural producers, including farmers, breweries and wineries. Each of the participants will provide guests with a “taste” of a specialty item determined by the agricultural producer or restaurant. All participants are encouraged to incorporate locally sourced ingredients in their recipes. The winner of the Blue Catfish Best Bite will be awarded a Golden Ticket to compete in the Seafood Category at WFC by the Restaurant Association of Maryland!
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - San Jose
in San Jose, CA on May 25, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Las Vegas
in Las Vegas, NV on June 1, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Battle of the Burgers - Dubai
in Dubai, on June 1, 2024

The World Food Championships - MENA Event is the official sanctioned regional event for culinary contestants across the Middle East & North Africa. Winners of the regional WFC competitions are granted the title of WFC MENA Category Champion and win a Golden Ticket to compete the in Main event in the United States against the best chefs from all over the world.
Taste of Canada
online on June 6-21, 2024

This fun, virtual Taste of Canada series event is an official 2024 WFC qualifier. Through this contest, participants will be challenged to create their best dish and submit it for judging!! This online recipe contest is open to all Canadian provinces and ends June 21st at 11:59 pm Central. The winners will be announced on WFC's Facebook Page the week of July 1st!
Miracle League Burger Competition- Little Rock
in Little Rock, AR on June 9, 2024

MLB (Miracle League Burger) Competitions in Little Rock, Sunday, June 11th. The competition is open to Food Enthusiasts, Home Cooks and Professional Chefs who will be stepping up to the plate in hopes of hitting it out of the park with the BEST BURGER in the competition! Judging will be "blind" plus a People's Choice. The overall winner will be awarded a Golden Ticket with entry to compete in the World Burger Championship at the WFC this November in Indianapolis! For more information contact miracleleaguear@yahoo.com. All proceeds benefit the Miracle League of Arkansas, which is a baseball league for kids and adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Miracle League…it’s more than baseball!
Zoobilation 2024
in Indianapolis, IN on June 14-14, 2024

The Midwest’s largest black-tie fundraising event, Zoobilation, is also a party with a purpose, supporting the Zoo’s animal conservation mission. The Zoo’s largest single-day fundraiser, Zoobilation helps fund the care of the Zoo’s nearly 1,400 animals and 48,000 plants as well as its global conservation initiatives. Zoobilation guests will sample the finest culinary creations from Central Indiana’s most popular restaurants, all vying for Zoobilation’s coveted people’s choice and blue-ribbon awards and a Golden Ticket to the 2024 World Food Championships!
Southeastern BBQ Showdown
in Columbia, SC on June 15, 2024

On Saturday, June 15, 30 BBQ teams from across the competition BBQ world will cook and provide samples to the public. One team will win a golden ticket into 2024 World Barbecue Championship!
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Colorado Springs
in Colorado Springs, CO on June 15, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Eastside Games Cooking Competition
in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 17, 2024

This is a challenge for a maximum of 10 chefs in Indianapolis, IN with curveball ingredients. $50 registration fee. www.edingames.com/registration.html https://www.kellysfund.org/eastside-games-cooking-competition.html Get ready for the ultimate showdown at the Eastside Games Cooking Competition! Local and regional chefs will go spatula to spatula in a battle royale for the prestigious Golden Ticket to theWorld Food Championships. It's a culinary rollercoaster as chefs kick off with a theme ingredient, then get thrown a curveball and a bonus ingredient halfway through. Watch these kitchen wizards work their magic as they whip up new creations on the fly. And don't miss Chef JJ's live demos, showing off creative ways to use the mystery ingredients and serving up mouthwatering dishes for all to savor. Let the culinary games begin! To enquire about registration, contact treddicks@partamountindy.org.
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Long Beach
in Long Beach, CA on June 22, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Big Sky Bonanza
in Billings, MT on June 23, 2024

We are scouring the Magic City area for the best of the best entrees for lunch and dinner. Enjoy a live band while the Best Burger competition takes place, with beef sponsored by the Montana Beef Council. The winner of the Big Sky Burger Competition will receive a golden Ticket to participate at this year's World Food Championships in Indianapolis!
Japan Burger Championship 2024
in Saitama, Japan on June 27-30, 2024

Japan Burger Championship is a hybrid food event combined food festival and cooking competition and an official qualifier of the World Food Championships. Eighteen burger shops passed the qualifying round in Osaka and Tokyo. Now those 18 will face off in Saitama at the Saitama Super Arena and compete for a coveted Golden Ticket to represent Japan at the 2024 World Food Championships.
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Williston
in Williston, ND on June 29, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Golden Ticket Tapas Challenge
in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 8, 2024

This is a challenge for a maximum of 5 chefs in Indianapolis, IN with curveball ingredients. $50 registration fee. https://www.kellysfund.org/golden-ticket-challenge--market-table.html Get ready for a sizzling 90-minute tapas showdown where chefs create the ultimate Tapas treats. But wait, there's a twist! Half an hour in, a surprise ingredient throws them for a loop. To spice things up, an extra bonus ingredient reveals itself at the 45-minute mark, leaving chefs to decide whether or not to go for broke in the final stretch. Judges get served at the 60-minute mark, and then chefs hustle to impress all guests in the last 30 minutes. As guests arrive to a Spanish-themed charcuterie spread and sip on drinks, they'll play a crucial role by voting for the bonus ingredient. The night ends with a feast of tapas creations from each chef, followed by a vote to crown the fan favorite, helping expert judges determine the champion and winner of the coveted Golden Ticket. Let the culinary games begin!
Nashville Scene Burger Week
in Nashville, TN on July 8-14, 2024

The Nashville Scene’s annual Burger Week is every foodie’s favorite week of the year. Burgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Yes please! For one week only, Nashville’s best burger joints will serve up their tastiest burgers for just $7. Customers who dine out at participating restaurants across the city can taste these specialty burgers and vote to crown the best burgers in town. The Scene’s biggest and most beloved food week features unique sponsor activations, passport games to win prizes, a kick-off party and more!
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Hermitage
in Hermitage, TN on July 13, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Grilled Cheese Throwdown
in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 20, 2024

July 20, 2024: 6 PM. 6 Chefs: $50 registration fee. https://www.kellysfund.org/grilled-cheese-throwdown.html This gooey affair is a “can’t miss” blast as part of the Holy Cross Wine and Cheese Festival! With a hundred lucky guests turning into cheese connoisseurs, they get to savor scrumptious grilled cheese creations and cast their vote for the best pick. The crowd's choice holds weight in the ultimate decision-making, but wait, there's more! A squad of food gurus will take the popular vote and sprinkle in some “E.A.T. Methodology” magic to crown the ultimate cheese champ and grant them a golden ticket to the World Food Championships! To enquire about registration and contest rules, contact treddicks@partamountindy.org.
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Louisville
in Louisville, KY on July 20, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Taylor
in Taylor, MI on July 27, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - El Paso
in El Paso, TX on August 3, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Farm Fresh Olney
in Olney, MD on August 4, 2024

The Olney Farmers and Artists Market is a weekly opportunity for local vendors and artists to sell goods to the public. On Sunday, August 4, Restaurant Association of Maryland will host a culinary competition where the winner will receive a cash prize and a Chef's Category Golden Ticket to the WFC Finale in Indianapolis, IN. Competitor buy-in for this competition is $100. Produce and seafood are provided by Maryland's Best; seasoning bundles are provided by McCormick For Chefs.
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Minnetonka
in Minnetonka, MN on August 10, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Taste of Tennessee - Big Beef Showdown
in Lebanon, TN on August 17, 2024

The Wilson County Fair Board is pleased to partner with the World Food Championships (WFC) on its 4th Annual Taste of Tennessee - Big Beef Showdown! As a competitor at the Big Beef Showdown, you will be competing for the chance to win one of four (4) Golden Tickets to the 2024 World Food Championships held from November 8-12 in Indianapolis.
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Sioux City
in Sioux City, IA on August 17, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Famous Dave's All-Star Contest - Columbia
in Columbia, MD on August 24, 2024

Famous Dave’s is partnering with the World Food Championships to host BBQ contests at 14 Famous Dave's BBQ locations around the country. In addition to a cash prize purse, this exclusive gateway partnership will award three Golden Tickets per location to compete in the World Barbecue Championship in Indianapolis this November!
Coastal Tailgate Cook-off Challenge
online on August 24, 2024

This is not your ordinary cook-off - it's a high-energy, game day atmosphere where attendees can sample a variety of tailgate style foods featuring bacon in a starring role from some of the best culinary teams/individuals around.
Big Kahuna Wing Festival
in Knoxville, TN on September 1, 2024

The Big Kahuna Wing Festival has become one of the best culinary events in the region. In 2022, the festival drew over 5,000 attendees who enjoyed over 100 different sauces from 30 different teams representing restaurants, cooking teams, businesses, and The University of Tennessee Culinary Institute. Attendees and visitors come from all over the region. All for the love of the "Buffalo Wing" and to raise money for charity.
British Live Fire Cooking Championships
in Shropshire, UK on September 13-15, 2024

Entries for this LIVE FIRE event are made via social media where the public will vote to choose 3 contestants to cook in the live final at Ludlow Food Festival. The 3 finalists will cook 3 dishes across 3 days before our panel of celebrity chefs crown the British Live Fire Cooking Champion on Sunday 15th September.
Miracle League Burger Competition- Little Rock
in Little Rock, AR on September 19, 2024

MLB (Miracle League Burger) Competitions in Little Rock, Sunday, June 11th. The competition is open to Food Enthusiasts, Home Cooks and Professional Chefs who will be stepping up to the plate in hopes of hitting it out of the park with the BEST BURGER in the competition! Judging will be "blind" plus a People's Choice. The overall winner will be awarded a Golden Ticket with entry to compete in the World Burger Championship at the WFC this November in Indianapolis! For more information contact miracleleaguear@yahoo.com. All proceeds benefit the Miracle League of Arkansas, which is a baseball league for kids and adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Miracle League…it’s more than baseball!
Smoke on the Water
in Pine Bluff, AR on September 20-21, 2024

From a humble beginning in 2001 with a $5,000 purse, Smoke on the Water Productions has built a series of America’s premier barbecue competitions, each now averaging over 20,000 visitors and 150 of the world’s foremost professional cook teams. In contests held from coast to coast, Smoke on the Water Productions has awarded over $4,500,000 in cash and prizes, including new vehicles. Their barbecue festivals are more than just competitions, with many activities for the entire family, including amateur rib cook-offs, outdoor expos, grilling demonstrations, free product sampling, live entertainment, world champion barbecue vendors and more. Smoke on the Water Productions founder, president and CEO says, “We create must-attend events, as we provide everything the public could want in one location.”
Perfect Bite Championships
in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 22, 2024

20 Chefs: $50 registration fee. $250 food cost reimbursement. www.turnfestival.com/perfect-bite-rules.html Get ready for a culinary showdown in the coveted Golden Ticket categories: Rice, Noodle, and Chef! All 20 talented chefs will battle it out in their chosen category for a shot at glory. The competition kicks off at 6 PM sharp, lasting an intense hour where guests hold the power to vote for their top bite with a single ticket. With a hungry crowd, chefs will need to whip up at least 175 delectable bites each! As the clock strikes the end of the first hour, all votes are tallied. The chef with the most votes in each category snags a spot in the finals and a chance at a World Food Championship Golden Ticket. A panel of food wizards (who will also judge the finals) will pick the second finalist using the proven E.A.T. Methodology. The six finalists will face off in a high-pressure 45-minute "perfect plate" challenge. Judged by the same food wizards from the first round, the winning chef walks away with $1,000, while the runner-up nabs $750, and the third-place contender scores $500. Let the culinary games begin! To enquire about registration and contest rules, contact treddicks@partamountindy.org.
World Open Chili Championship
in Myrtle Beach, SC on September 29, 2024

Do you have a GREAT chili recipe? Are your friends and neighbors always telling you that you should enter a cook-off? Well, now is your chance! The World Open Chili Challenge is open to amateurs and experts alike. This category allows chili cooks, pro chefs and home cooks to focus on making their best chili creation outside the confines of a traditional, sanctioned chili cook-off. The winner earns a Golden Ticket into the 2024 World Soup Championships in Indianapolis!