SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

You need to stay up on your World Food Championships updates.
Sign up and you'll receive all the info you need.
We promise to not clog up your inbox.

CONNECT WITH THE WORLD FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Call us at (931) 528-8852

Facebook Twitter Youtube Pinterest Instagram Email


  • General Question
  • Website Question
  • Media Inquiry
  • Competitor Question
  • Sponsorship


Email Address
Password

We're excited to see the field of competitors who have already won their golden ticket and registered to compete at the 2021 World Food Championships. And we are always proud to announce our special guests and celebrity judges participating in our judging events across the nation - we're sure the championship food certainly helps! Best of luck to our 2021 competitors!

COMPETITOR

Bacon Buergers

HEAD COOK: Darlene Buerger

COMPETITION: Bacon World Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: FoodChamp Challenge - Bacon


I am a home cook who began entering Arizona State Fair cooking competitions about a decade ago. It soon became an annual tradition, with family members vying against each other for ribbons, aprons, and bragging rights. While most of the local wins were modest, some sponsors had national awards, my biggest being the 2007 National SPAM Championship, with a $3000 prize. About 3 years ago, I discovered online cooking contests and decided to try my luck. I have been very fortunate to have won a few, lost many—but I have learned along the way. In 2013, I entered an on-line contest and won a chance to compete in the Bacon World Championship at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas, finishing in the top half of that competition. I vowed to try again in 2014. In addition, I was a finalist at the Reser’s Pototo Salad Contest, which was also held during the 2013 World Food Championships. Unfortunately, in March 2014, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a form of throat cancer. In an ironic twist of fate for a competitive chef, the doctors informed me that I would lose all sense of taste from the radiation therapy, at best, only temporarily and possibly permanently. After months of radiation and chemo therapy I am on the road to recovery with some taste returning and am looking forward to the Bacon World Championship, because I haven't lost my taste for bacon.