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WFC Announces “Key” Partner and Ingredient for Seafood
The partnership will also put one of Blue Chair Bay Rum’s newest products at the heart of the Seafood Championship. Thanks to this new relationship with Kenny Chesney’s Premium Rum, seafood contestants will be infusing Key Lime Rum Cream in their WFC Top 10 Seafood entries. MORE
Jende Industries Rolls Into Alabama with Big Prizes
Jende will be awarding two variations, the Trifold and Standard Roll with WFC-branding, of its assortment of knife rolls along with Sharpening tools to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall winners at this year’s Final Table. MORE
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  • Wild Card Elite Division


    online on April 5-October 1, 2017

    No qualifying. No category restriction. And NO excuses! To be the best, you've simply got to claim it and PROVE it! There will be 25 Wild Card Elite Golden Tickets available in 2017, each available at $1,000 and leading up to a bonus prize purse during the Main Event. Yes, it's a tournament within a tournament and raising the bar to a whole new level of competition! Link for How to Register, Rules, and Prizes: https://worldfoodchampionships.com/news/668/wfc-announces-the-wild-card VIEW SITE
  • Jubilee Festival of the Arts - (Sandwich competition)


    in Old Towne Daphne, AL on September 23-24, 2017

    The Jubilee Festival is held the last full weekend in September and takes place on the streets of Olde Towne Daphne. Now in its 29th year, the Festival is a celebration of the arts, the city of Daphne and the Jubilee spirit. This year, we will incorporate more than fine arts. The performing arts, the spirit of the Southern Maker and the culinary arts will be integral elements of the Jubilee Festival this year and moving forward. Nearly 15,000 patrons from along the gulf coast attend this event every year. The festival hosts more than 100 artisans. We're excited to offer two opportunities to win Golden Tickets -- one for the World Chef Challenge and one for the World Sandwich Championship. VIEW SITE
  • Dominican Food Championships


    in Santo Domingo, on September 23, 2017

    The Dominican Food Championships will qualify two competitors for the World Burger Championship and one competitor for Barbecue category at the 2017 World Food Championships. Located in the beautiful Dominican Republic, we welcome these winners to compete in the biggest food competition on the planet. VIEW SITE
  • The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival


    in Orange Beach, AL on September 14-16, 2017

    The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival features tastings of delicious food and tantalizing wines, demos from renowned chefs, live and silent auctions benefiting Make-A-Wish® Alabama, wine auctions and sales and more! Some of the top chefs on the Gulf Coast will put their skills to the test in our cooking competitions. It’s a fun weekend of wining and dining at The Wharf! VIEW SITE
  • Saucy Mama's 2017 Recipe Contest


    online on April 26-June 22, 2017

    Saucy Mama’s 2017 Recipe Contest features some of the best home cooks and food bloggers in the nation! The first 25 qualified participants will receive any six Saucy Mama products to use during recipe creation and will have the opportunity to host a Saucy Mama giveaway to their own followers. A trip to the World Food Championships is awarded for the best recipe! Application deadline to be announced. VIEW SITE
  • Shrimp on the Barbie Shrimp Throwdown


    in Charleston, SC on October 1, 2017

    Who will be named Charleston's 2017 Shrimp on the Barbie Champion and go on to compete at the World Food Championships' Seafood competition in November? Watch your favorite restaurants battle it out Sunday, October 1st on the beach at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. The best seafood chefs in the area will showcase their originality and creativity to compete for the Shrimp on the Barbie title. VIEW SITE
  • PorktoberQue


    in Dothan, AL on September 29-October 1, 2017

    This less-than-traditional Alabama Oktoberfest celebrates food, drink, culture, family activities, live music, merchandise, Ultimate Air Dogs dock diving competitions, a car show and much more! PorktoberQue, as an Elite Qualifier, will present Golden Tickets to grand champions in the categories of Bacon, Recipe and Sandwich for this year’s World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • Michigan Apple Recipe Contest


    in Lansing, MI on January 25, 2017

    The Michigan Apple Committee has sponsored the annual Michigan Apple Recipe Contest in Frankenmuth during Zehnder’s Snowfest for more than a decade. The 2017 Apple Recipe Contest includes three categories: pasta, desserts and sandwiches. Prizes are awarded in each category for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and the 1st place winner will also get a Golden Ticket to the 2017 World Food Championships. The Michigan Apple Committee sponsors this contest to celebrate the flavor and versatility of apples as an ingredient in many dishes. VIEW SITE
  • Bacon Bash


    in River Falls, WI on September 16-17, 2017

    Celebrate all things bacon! The Bacon Bash in River Falls—just 30 minutes east of St. Paul—is the largest free bacon festival in the U.S. where over 15,000 attendees are expected in 2017. The winner of the Bacon Bash will receive a Golden Ticket, paid entry to the World Food Championships competition and a $1,000 travel stipend. Bacon Bash is a two-day, family-friendly event featuring a variety of bacon-inspired food booths, cook-offs, and pig-themed activities for the entire family with live music, an arts & crafts fair, local microbrews and more! VIEW SITE
  • Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff


    in Biloxi, MS on March 4, 2017

    This year’s Cookoff event is a preferred qualifier for the 2017 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL. To register a team to compete, or to register as a vendor or 5K run participant, Visit http://www.gulfcoastchilicookoff.com or email Dynne.Easterling@mgccc.edu. Cookoff starts at 3PM. Admission and chili tasting tickets are $10 each and can also be purchased online or at the event. Like our Facebook Page “Gulf Coast Chili Cook Off” for updates. VIEW SITE
  • Culinary Fight Club


    in Various Locations, - Various Dates

    Think Top Chef meets Fight Club meets pop-up restaurant. If you can cook, then you can cook anywhere, with limited ingredients and on a time-crunch! Home chefs, students, moms, caterers, whoever you are, if you like to cook (and you think you're good at it), then step out of your kitchen and into the ring. Contact Culinary Fight Club for a list of qualifying events for the 2017 World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • Zoofari -- Burgers, Brews and Bands


    in Billings, MT on August 18, 2017

    Get ready for a wild evening and take your taste buds on an adventure with local brews and incredible culinary creations from area vendors featuring the beloved beef burger, all while enjoying great live music by Steve Earle, The Dukes and The Mastersons! The restaurant who wins Best Burger gets a Golden Ticket with waived entry and a travel stipend to the 2017 WFC. VIEW SITE
  • Mammoth Burger Battle (previously 395 Burger Battle)


    in Mammoth Lakes, CA on July 30, 2017

    The Mammoth Burger Battle takes place in Mammoth Lakes, California in the Eastern Sierra neighboring Yosemite National Park. Qualified chefs up and down the Highway 395 corridor who are serious about their burgers and want to compete get invited to win the Golden Ticket that allows them to attend and compete at the 2017 World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast Chef Challenge CSPIRE Grand Champion Award presented by Alabama Coasting


    in Mobile, AL on September 22, 2017

    Chef Challenge is Feeding the Gulf Coast’s fundraiser that brings together some of our area’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants to compete in the name of ending hunger. There are three Chef Challenge events: Mobile, AL (Thursday, 8/31/17), Pensacola, FL (Thursday, 9/7/17) and Biloxi, MS (Thursday, 9/21/17). This year, a new twist has been added – The Grand Champion Award. The chef who presents the single “best” dish will earn bragging rights across three Gulf Coast states and be awarded a Golden Ticket to the 2017 World Food Championships with a waived entry and $1,000 expense stipend. In addition, the Grand Champion and the three People’s Choice winners will be featured in the Fall issue of Alabama Coasting Magazine. VIEW SITE
  • Barbeques Galore Australian Barbecue Championship Series Winner


    in Various Locations, - (AUS and NZL) in 2016

    The Australasian Barbecue Alliance is the largest BBQ competition sanctioning body in Australia and has 30 barbecue competitions in Australia and New Zealand. In 2016 the ABA held its first-ever Barbeques Galore Australian Barbecue Championship Series where more than 200 teams competed in a points chase throughout the season. Australia is proud to send its #1 Ranked Team to the WFC to compete alongside some of the best barbecue teams in the world. VIEW SITE
  • Caribbean Food Championships - Date TBA


    in Coco Beach, PR - 2018

    The Caribbean Food Championships (CFC) is a high stakes and high energy food fight. Held in Coco Beach, Puerto Rico and scheduled for 2018, it features the best chefs in the Caribbean. Each winning CFC local Culinary Team will qualify to compete in their category at the World Food Championships for the $350,000 prize purse and honors as the best chefs in the world. The CFC is the primary international qualifier in the Caribbean. VIEW SITE
  • Canadian Food Championships


    in Edmonton, AB on July 21-23, 2017

    Events Edmonton has partnered with the World Food Championships to host one exclusive qualifying event in 2017 for Canadian residents. The Canadian Food Championships is a year long search for Canada’s best cooks. The search has produced two world champions so far, and promises to discover even more talented cooks as it expands in 2017. VIEW SITE
  • Bands, Burgers & Brews Burger Throwdown


    in Charleston, SC on May 22, 2017

    Who will be the LowCountry's 2017 Burger Throwdown Champion? Come watch your favorite LowCountry Chefs battle it out at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. George Motz, host of the Travel Channel's Burger Land, and our panel of chefs and culinary gurus will decide which restaurant will represent the LowCountry at the 2017 WFC! VIEW SITE
  • #Taste of America - 1st Place


    online on July 21, 2017

    Now in its second year, our #Taste of America is a United States qualifier to discover the best flavors and dishes American cooks have to offer! So get out your appliances, sharpen your skills and strap on those aprons. It’s time to cook your way into representing your state at the Ultimate Food Fight! Visit our facebook page for more details. Also, this year, WFC will launch a new online qualifier system to discover the best international flavors! It will work like #Taste of America, but will be devoted to foreign chefs and cooks who want to make their debut at WFC. Be on the lookout for our official announcement! VIEW SITE
  • Door County Coffee 2017 Recipe Contest


    online on March 7-May 31, 2017

    TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!! Share Your Recipe in the Door County Coffee 4th Annual On-line Recipe Contest for a chance to win up to $1,000 in coffee prizes! We bet you have a favorite recipe that uses coffee and we would LOVE for you to share it with us, using Door County Coffee as an ingredient. 6 total winners will be chosen, with one 1st place winner qualifying to compete in the World Dessert Championship! Be sure to meet the deadline of May 31st in order to participate in this Preferred Qualifier Golden Ticket with waived entry fee and a $1,000 travel stipend. VIEW SITE
  • Food Champ Online Recipe Contests


    online - February-August, 2017

    Every year, WFC partners with key brands to bring you an online way to cook your way to a Golden Ticket. We will begin announcing these contests in February and they will run through August of 2017. VIEW SITE
  • Jubilee Festival of the Arts - (Chef competition)


    in Old Towne Daphne, AL on September 23-24, 2017

    The Jubilee Festival is held the last full weekend in September and takes place on the streets of Olde Towne Daphne. Now in its 29th year, the Festival is a celebration of the arts, the city of Daphne and the Jubilee spirit. This year, we will incorporate more than fine arts. The performing arts, the spirit of the Southern Maker and the culinary arts will be integral elements of the Jubilee Festival this year and moving forward. Nearly 15,000 patrons from along the gulf coast attend this event every year. The festival hosts more than 100 artisans. We're excited to offer two opportunities to win Golden Tickets -- one for the World Chef Challenge and one for the World Sandwich Championship. VIEW SITE
  • Cumberland Plateau BBQ Cookoff & Cruise-In - Day 1 and Day 2


    in Jamestown, TN on July 8-9, 2017

    Located on the Cumberland Plateau 1800 feet above the heat, the Cumberland Plateau BBQ Cookoff & Cruise-In is the fastest growing KCBS competition in Tennessee! Two days, July 8-9, 2017 – surrounded by 12,000 wilderness acres with campsites and cabins – Car Show! Tractor Show! Arts & Crafts! Live Music! $20K in prize money. Register at www.eastforkstables.com > Events. One Golden Ticket with waived entry to each day's winner as well as a $500 travel stipend. VIEW SITE
  • Shotgun Fred BBQ Showdown


    in Huntsville, TX on February 16-18, 2017

    Our friend "Shotgun Fred” Pirkle (inventor of the BBQ Guru temperature control units) passed away from ALS on March 9, 2012. Before he died he asked several friends to make sure that a KCBS sanctioned BBQ Cook Off took place in Huntsville, Texas each year to raise scholarship funds for his Scholarship Endowment at SHSU. We are pleased to be a Preferred Qualifier of the WFC for the second year in a row. VIEW SITE
  • "Red Hot and Blue" Food Champ Online Recipe Contest presented by Grilla Grills


    online on July 4-25, 2017

    In celebration of the 4th of July, we invite all first responders/military to submit their best grilling recipe (with photo) into the "Red Hot and Blue" Food Champ Online Recipe Contest presented by Grilla Grills! For this contest, the rules are simple! (1) The contest is open to ALL past and present first responders, active and reserve military service members and veterans! (2) The submitted recipes are the competitor’s best signature dish that can be cooked on a grill/smoker (preferably a Grilla Grill) that represents their interpretation of “Red Hot & Blue.” That’s it! The rest is up to you! This contest is a qualifier for the "Thrilla at the Grilla" Challenge sponsored by Grilla Grills at the 2017 World Food Championships. Gather your best grilling recipe: the competition closes July 25 at 11:59 PM CST. (10) competitors will be selected for the live event and the winner of that event will get a Golden Ticket for the 2018 World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • BBQ Gives Back - KCBS Grand Champion


    in Urbanna, VA on March 24-25, 2017

    On March 24-25, 2017, the BBQ Gives Back contest will crown THREE GRAND CHAMPIONS: the KCBS contest Grand Champion, the 2016 Virginia Grands Champion, and the 2016 MABA Cup Grand Champion. This contest helps support Team Thanksgiving and gives a monetary donation to Operation BBQ Relief. The Golden Ticket for the BBQ Gives Back - KCBS Grand Champion receives a waived entry fee and travel stipend for the 2017 World Barbecue Championship. VIEW SITE
  • Annual National Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge


    in Gulf Shores, AL on August 30-31, 2017

    The Restaurant Challenge is the official cooking competition of the Annual National Shrimp Festival. The 10th Annual Restaurant Challenge, sponsored by Zatarain's, will feature the best chefs that Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and the surrounding area has to offer. Chefs will be battling for bragging rights, Royal Prestige cookware, prize money and an invitation to the World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • Battle of the Bones


    in Central Point, OR on September 15-17, 2017

    Battle of the Bones is the premier Southern Oregon people’s choice BBQ competition. Teams compete over 3 days and several categories for the people’s votes! We encourage uniqueness, good food, good fun and comradery! The event is held at the Jackson County Expo and coincides with Brew Fest! Bones and Brew cannot be beat! VIEW SITE
  • Atlanta Burger Wars - Judge's Choice


    in Atlanta, GA on May 6, 2017

    Atlanta Burger Wars is a new and exciting event hosted at Atlanta Motor Speedway where the competition pits some of the area's greatest burger masters against one another. All proceeds benefit the Speedway Charities. So bring out the whole family to enjoy a fun-packed day eating the state's best burgers! The grand prize winner of the Judge's Choice will win a waived entry and travel stipend to compete in the World Burger Championship! The Individual Category winner will have a waived entry fee. VIEW SITE
  • Atlanta Burger Wars - People's Choice


    in Atlanta, GA on May 6, 2017

    Atlanta Burger Wars is a new and exciting event hosted at Atlanta Motor Speedway where the competition pits some of the area's greatest burger masters against one another. All proceeds benefit the Speedway Charities. So bring out the whole family to enjoy a fun-packed day eating the state's best burgers! The grand prize winner of the People’s Choice will win a waived entry and travel stipend to compete in the World Burger Championship! The Individual Category winner will have a waived entry fee. VIEW SITE
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  • Brad Halsten

    2016 World Burger Champion

    As the owner of the Burger Dive in Billings, MT, Brad Halsten had never even worked in a restaurant before opening the doors of his gourmet burger joint, but he has always been an avid griller and self-taught chef. But when the opportunity arose to compete in the World Food Championships held last November at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL, Halsten jumped at the chance. He explains, “As a competitive ... READ MORE

  • Luke Darnell

    2016 World Barbecue Champion

    As a member of the Old Virginia Smoke barbecue team, Luke Darnell of Bristow, VA is no stranger to the world of competitive cooking. As the winner of the 2015 National BBQ Cup in Cumming, GA, Darnell qualified to compete in the World Food Championship held last November at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL. But once he got there, the fires of competition were really stoked up high. The World Food Championships... READ MORE

  • James Aptakin

    2016 World Seafood Champion

      James Aptakin of Honolulu may have been a rookie competitor at the fifth annual World Food Championships held last November at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL, but he’s no stranger to cooking under pressure. Not only does Aptakin run his own catering company, Layers of Flavor, but he also has decades of experience cooking in massive hotel kitchens and leading culinary staffs as an executive chef... READ MORE

  • Liz Kraatz

    2016 World Chili Champion

    Who says you can’t make money by playing around on your phone? Liz Kraatz of Imperial, MO entered an Instagram contest sponsored by Hormel Foods to celebrate the venerable food company’s 125th birthday and ended up winning $10,000 as the World Chili Champion at the World Food Championships held last November at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL. Kraatz posted her photo of a bowl of "Sweet Heat Turke... READ MORE

  • Colleen Curley

    2016 World Bacon Champion

    After finishing second in the Bacon category at the World Food Championships in 2015, Colleen Curley of Onsted, MI had some unfinished business to address at this year’s competition held last November at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL. The World Food Championships are unique as the largest competition in Food Sports and also as the only event where professional chefs compete against home cooks and avid... READ MORE

  • Anthony Serrano

    2016 World Recipe Champion

    ORANGE BEACH, AL. -- As a restaurant owner and caterer in Chandler, AZ, Chef Anthony Serrano is quite comfortable in the kitchen, but at this year’s World Food Championships held in November at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL, the kitchen was out of doors. Fifty cook stations were set up under tents in view of thousands of spectators as contestants battled it out for the title of World Food Champion and... READ MORE

  • Evette Rahman

    2016 World Dessert Champion

    By day, Evette Rahman of Orlando, FL pays the bills as a professional baker, but she never has never seen profits like her weekend spent competing at the World Food Championships last November at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL. Rahman had previously been a contestant at the WFC in Las Vegas and Kissimmee, FL, but this year she took home the $10,000 prize as the World Dessert Champion. The World Food Champio... READ MORE

  • Kari Luke

    2016 World Food Champion

    Kari Luke spends her life surrounded by food. Together with her husband, Bryan, Luke owns a convenience store in Cissna Park, IL, a small town between Chicago and Champaign. From this modest locale, the world of competitive cooking has thrust Luke into the headlines as the newly-crowned World Food Champion thanks to her signature rib-eye steak that wowed a distinguished panel of judges at the fifth annual W... READ MORE

  • Mary Kay Lang

    2016 World Sandwich Champion

    ORANGE BEACH, AL. -- As a retired homemaker, Mary Kay Lang of Woodstock, GA is more experienced cooking dinner at home for friends and family than competing in culinary contests in front of panels of experienced judges. However, at the World Food Championships held last November at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL, Lang excelled in her first appearance on the national stage, taking home $10,000 and the title o... READ MORE

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WFC Seeks Applications for 2017 Media Summit.

Who’s ready to sink their teeth into the World Food Championships’ 2017 Media Summit? Refined and revamped from three years of success, this year’s Summit will host 20 of the best Food Writers/Bloggers from around the world as they get to experience Food Sport up close and personal like never before.

From daily pre-game briefings to on-the-field integration, selected Media will be located in the heart of the action as the World’s largest Food Sport competition unfolds Nov. 8-12 in Orange Beach, Ala.

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WFC Announces “Key” Partner and Ingredient for Seafood
The partnership will also put one of Blue Chair Bay Rum’s newest products at the heart of the Seafood Championship. Thanks to this new relationship with Kenny Chesney’s Premium Rum, seafood contestants will be infusing Key Lime Rum Cream in their WFC Top 10 Seafood entries. MORE
Jende Industries Rolls Into Alabama with Big Prizes
Jende will be awarding two variations, the Trifold and Standard Roll with WFC-branding, of its assortment of knife rolls along with Sharpening tools to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall winners at this year’s Final Table. MORE
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Qualifiers
  • Wild Card Elite Division


    online on April 5-October 1, 2017

    No qualifying. No category restriction. And NO excuses! To be the best, you've simply got to claim it and PROVE it! There will be 25 Wild Card Elite Golden Tickets available in 2017, each available at $1,000 and leading up to a bonus prize purse during the Main Event. Yes, it's a tournament within a tournament and raising the bar to a whole new level of competition! Link for How to Register, Rules, and Prizes: https://worldfoodchampionships.com/news/668/wfc-announces-the-wild-card VIEW SITE
  • Jubilee Festival of the Arts - (Sandwich competition)


    in Old Towne Daphne, AL on September 23-24, 2017

    The Jubilee Festival is held the last full weekend in September and takes place on the streets of Olde Towne Daphne. Now in its 29th year, the Festival is a celebration of the arts, the city of Daphne and the Jubilee spirit. This year, we will incorporate more than fine arts. The performing arts, the spirit of the Southern Maker and the culinary arts will be integral elements of the Jubilee Festival this year and moving forward. Nearly 15,000 patrons from along the gulf coast attend this event every year. The festival hosts more than 100 artisans. We're excited to offer two opportunities to win Golden Tickets -- one for the World Chef Challenge and one for the World Sandwich Championship. VIEW SITE
  • Dominican Food Championships


    in Santo Domingo, on September 23, 2017

    The Dominican Food Championships will qualify two competitors for the World Burger Championship and one competitor for Barbecue category at the 2017 World Food Championships. Located in the beautiful Dominican Republic, we welcome these winners to compete in the biggest food competition on the planet. VIEW SITE
  • The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival


    in Orange Beach, AL on September 14-16, 2017

    The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival features tastings of delicious food and tantalizing wines, demos from renowned chefs, live and silent auctions benefiting Make-A-Wish® Alabama, wine auctions and sales and more! Some of the top chefs on the Gulf Coast will put their skills to the test in our cooking competitions. It’s a fun weekend of wining and dining at The Wharf! VIEW SITE
  • Saucy Mama's 2017 Recipe Contest


    online on April 26-June 22, 2017

    Saucy Mama’s 2017 Recipe Contest features some of the best home cooks and food bloggers in the nation! The first 25 qualified participants will receive any six Saucy Mama products to use during recipe creation and will have the opportunity to host a Saucy Mama giveaway to their own followers. A trip to the World Food Championships is awarded for the best recipe! Application deadline to be announced. VIEW SITE
  • Shrimp on the Barbie Shrimp Throwdown


    in Charleston, SC on October 1, 2017

    Who will be named Charleston's 2017 Shrimp on the Barbie Champion and go on to compete at the World Food Championships' Seafood competition in November? Watch your favorite restaurants battle it out Sunday, October 1st on the beach at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. The best seafood chefs in the area will showcase their originality and creativity to compete for the Shrimp on the Barbie title. VIEW SITE
  • PorktoberQue


    in Dothan, AL on September 29-October 1, 2017

    This less-than-traditional Alabama Oktoberfest celebrates food, drink, culture, family activities, live music, merchandise, Ultimate Air Dogs dock diving competitions, a car show and much more! PorktoberQue, as an Elite Qualifier, will present Golden Tickets to grand champions in the categories of Bacon, Recipe and Sandwich for this year’s World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • Michigan Apple Recipe Contest


    in Lansing, MI on January 25, 2017

    The Michigan Apple Committee has sponsored the annual Michigan Apple Recipe Contest in Frankenmuth during Zehnder’s Snowfest for more than a decade. The 2017 Apple Recipe Contest includes three categories: pasta, desserts and sandwiches. Prizes are awarded in each category for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and the 1st place winner will also get a Golden Ticket to the 2017 World Food Championships. The Michigan Apple Committee sponsors this contest to celebrate the flavor and versatility of apples as an ingredient in many dishes. VIEW SITE
  • Bacon Bash


    in River Falls, WI on September 16-17, 2017

    Celebrate all things bacon! The Bacon Bash in River Falls—just 30 minutes east of St. Paul—is the largest free bacon festival in the U.S. where over 15,000 attendees are expected in 2017. The winner of the Bacon Bash will receive a Golden Ticket, paid entry to the World Food Championships competition and a $1,000 travel stipend. Bacon Bash is a two-day, family-friendly event featuring a variety of bacon-inspired food booths, cook-offs, and pig-themed activities for the entire family with live music, an arts & crafts fair, local microbrews and more! VIEW SITE
  • Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff


    in Biloxi, MS on March 4, 2017

    This year’s Cookoff event is a preferred qualifier for the 2017 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL. To register a team to compete, or to register as a vendor or 5K run participant, Visit http://www.gulfcoastchilicookoff.com or email Dynne.Easterling@mgccc.edu. Cookoff starts at 3PM. Admission and chili tasting tickets are $10 each and can also be purchased online or at the event. Like our Facebook Page “Gulf Coast Chili Cook Off” for updates. VIEW SITE
  • Culinary Fight Club


    in Various Locations, - Various Dates

    Think Top Chef meets Fight Club meets pop-up restaurant. If you can cook, then you can cook anywhere, with limited ingredients and on a time-crunch! Home chefs, students, moms, caterers, whoever you are, if you like to cook (and you think you're good at it), then step out of your kitchen and into the ring. Contact Culinary Fight Club for a list of qualifying events for the 2017 World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • Zoofari -- Burgers, Brews and Bands


    in Billings, MT on August 18, 2017

    Get ready for a wild evening and take your taste buds on an adventure with local brews and incredible culinary creations from area vendors featuring the beloved beef burger, all while enjoying great live music by Steve Earle, The Dukes and The Mastersons! The restaurant who wins Best Burger gets a Golden Ticket with waived entry and a travel stipend to the 2017 WFC. VIEW SITE
  • Mammoth Burger Battle (previously 395 Burger Battle)


    in Mammoth Lakes, CA on July 30, 2017

    The Mammoth Burger Battle takes place in Mammoth Lakes, California in the Eastern Sierra neighboring Yosemite National Park. Qualified chefs up and down the Highway 395 corridor who are serious about their burgers and want to compete get invited to win the Golden Ticket that allows them to attend and compete at the 2017 World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast Chef Challenge CSPIRE Grand Champion Award presented by Alabama Coasting


    in Mobile, AL on September 22, 2017

    Chef Challenge is Feeding the Gulf Coast’s fundraiser that brings together some of our area’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants to compete in the name of ending hunger. There are three Chef Challenge events: Mobile, AL (Thursday, 8/31/17), Pensacola, FL (Thursday, 9/7/17) and Biloxi, MS (Thursday, 9/21/17). This year, a new twist has been added – The Grand Champion Award. The chef who presents the single “best” dish will earn bragging rights across three Gulf Coast states and be awarded a Golden Ticket to the 2017 World Food Championships with a waived entry and $1,000 expense stipend. In addition, the Grand Champion and the three People’s Choice winners will be featured in the Fall issue of Alabama Coasting Magazine. VIEW SITE
  • Barbeques Galore Australian Barbecue Championship Series Winner


    in Various Locations, - (AUS and NZL) in 2016

    The Australasian Barbecue Alliance is the largest BBQ competition sanctioning body in Australia and has 30 barbecue competitions in Australia and New Zealand. In 2016 the ABA held its first-ever Barbeques Galore Australian Barbecue Championship Series where more than 200 teams competed in a points chase throughout the season. Australia is proud to send its #1 Ranked Team to the WFC to compete alongside some of the best barbecue teams in the world. VIEW SITE
  • Caribbean Food Championships - Date TBA


    in Coco Beach, PR - 2018

    The Caribbean Food Championships (CFC) is a high stakes and high energy food fight. Held in Coco Beach, Puerto Rico and scheduled for 2018, it features the best chefs in the Caribbean. Each winning CFC local Culinary Team will qualify to compete in their category at the World Food Championships for the $350,000 prize purse and honors as the best chefs in the world. The CFC is the primary international qualifier in the Caribbean. VIEW SITE
  • Canadian Food Championships


    in Edmonton, AB on July 21-23, 2017

    Events Edmonton has partnered with the World Food Championships to host one exclusive qualifying event in 2017 for Canadian residents. The Canadian Food Championships is a year long search for Canada’s best cooks. The search has produced two world champions so far, and promises to discover even more talented cooks as it expands in 2017. VIEW SITE
  • Bands, Burgers & Brews Burger Throwdown


    in Charleston, SC on May 22, 2017

    Who will be the LowCountry's 2017 Burger Throwdown Champion? Come watch your favorite LowCountry Chefs battle it out at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. George Motz, host of the Travel Channel's Burger Land, and our panel of chefs and culinary gurus will decide which restaurant will represent the LowCountry at the 2017 WFC! VIEW SITE
  • #Taste of America - 1st Place


    online on July 21, 2017

    Now in its second year, our #Taste of America is a United States qualifier to discover the best flavors and dishes American cooks have to offer! So get out your appliances, sharpen your skills and strap on those aprons. It’s time to cook your way into representing your state at the Ultimate Food Fight! Visit our facebook page for more details. Also, this year, WFC will launch a new online qualifier system to discover the best international flavors! It will work like #Taste of America, but will be devoted to foreign chefs and cooks who want to make their debut at WFC. Be on the lookout for our official announcement! VIEW SITE
  • Door County Coffee 2017 Recipe Contest


    online on March 7-May 31, 2017

    TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!! Share Your Recipe in the Door County Coffee 4th Annual On-line Recipe Contest for a chance to win up to $1,000 in coffee prizes! We bet you have a favorite recipe that uses coffee and we would LOVE for you to share it with us, using Door County Coffee as an ingredient. 6 total winners will be chosen, with one 1st place winner qualifying to compete in the World Dessert Championship! Be sure to meet the deadline of May 31st in order to participate in this Preferred Qualifier Golden Ticket with waived entry fee and a $1,000 travel stipend. VIEW SITE
  • Food Champ Online Recipe Contests


    online - February-August, 2017

    Every year, WFC partners with key brands to bring you an online way to cook your way to a Golden Ticket. We will begin announcing these contests in February and they will run through August of 2017. VIEW SITE
  • Jubilee Festival of the Arts - (Chef competition)


    in Old Towne Daphne, AL on September 23-24, 2017

    The Jubilee Festival is held the last full weekend in September and takes place on the streets of Olde Towne Daphne. Now in its 29th year, the Festival is a celebration of the arts, the city of Daphne and the Jubilee spirit. This year, we will incorporate more than fine arts. The performing arts, the spirit of the Southern Maker and the culinary arts will be integral elements of the Jubilee Festival this year and moving forward. Nearly 15,000 patrons from along the gulf coast attend this event every year. The festival hosts more than 100 artisans. We're excited to offer two opportunities to win Golden Tickets -- one for the World Chef Challenge and one for the World Sandwich Championship. VIEW SITE
  • Cumberland Plateau BBQ Cookoff & Cruise-In - Day 1 and Day 2


    in Jamestown, TN on July 8-9, 2017

    Located on the Cumberland Plateau 1800 feet above the heat, the Cumberland Plateau BBQ Cookoff & Cruise-In is the fastest growing KCBS competition in Tennessee! Two days, July 8-9, 2017 – surrounded by 12,000 wilderness acres with campsites and cabins – Car Show! Tractor Show! Arts & Crafts! Live Music! $20K in prize money. Register at www.eastforkstables.com > Events. One Golden Ticket with waived entry to each day's winner as well as a $500 travel stipend. VIEW SITE
  • Shotgun Fred BBQ Showdown


    in Huntsville, TX on February 16-18, 2017

    Our friend "Shotgun Fred” Pirkle (inventor of the BBQ Guru temperature control units) passed away from ALS on March 9, 2012. Before he died he asked several friends to make sure that a KCBS sanctioned BBQ Cook Off took place in Huntsville, Texas each year to raise scholarship funds for his Scholarship Endowment at SHSU. We are pleased to be a Preferred Qualifier of the WFC for the second year in a row. VIEW SITE
  • "Red Hot and Blue" Food Champ Online Recipe Contest presented by Grilla Grills


    online on July 4-25, 2017

    In celebration of the 4th of July, we invite all first responders/military to submit their best grilling recipe (with photo) into the "Red Hot and Blue" Food Champ Online Recipe Contest presented by Grilla Grills! For this contest, the rules are simple! (1) The contest is open to ALL past and present first responders, active and reserve military service members and veterans! (2) The submitted recipes are the competitor’s best signature dish that can be cooked on a grill/smoker (preferably a Grilla Grill) that represents their interpretation of “Red Hot & Blue.” That’s it! The rest is up to you! This contest is a qualifier for the "Thrilla at the Grilla" Challenge sponsored by Grilla Grills at the 2017 World Food Championships. Gather your best grilling recipe: the competition closes July 25 at 11:59 PM CST. (10) competitors will be selected for the live event and the winner of that event will get a Golden Ticket for the 2018 World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • BBQ Gives Back - KCBS Grand Champion


    in Urbanna, VA on March 24-25, 2017

    On March 24-25, 2017, the BBQ Gives Back contest will crown THREE GRAND CHAMPIONS: the KCBS contest Grand Champion, the 2016 Virginia Grands Champion, and the 2016 MABA Cup Grand Champion. This contest helps support Team Thanksgiving and gives a monetary donation to Operation BBQ Relief. The Golden Ticket for the BBQ Gives Back - KCBS Grand Champion receives a waived entry fee and travel stipend for the 2017 World Barbecue Championship. VIEW SITE
  • Annual National Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge


    in Gulf Shores, AL on August 30-31, 2017

    The Restaurant Challenge is the official cooking competition of the Annual National Shrimp Festival. The 10th Annual Restaurant Challenge, sponsored by Zatarain's, will feature the best chefs that Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and the surrounding area has to offer. Chefs will be battling for bragging rights, Royal Prestige cookware, prize money and an invitation to the World Food Championships. VIEW SITE
  • Battle of the Bones


    in Central Point, OR on September 15-17, 2017

    Battle of the Bones is the premier Southern Oregon people’s choice BBQ competition. Teams compete over 3 days and several categories for the people’s votes! We encourage uniqueness, good food, good fun and comradery! The event is held at the Jackson County Expo and coincides with Brew Fest! Bones and Brew cannot be beat! VIEW SITE
  • Atlanta Burger Wars - Judge's Choice


    in Atlanta, GA on May 6, 2017

    Atlanta Burger Wars is a new and exciting event hosted at Atlanta Motor Speedway where the competition pits some of the area's greatest burger masters against one another. All proceeds benefit the Speedway Charities. So bring out the whole family to enjoy a fun-packed day eating the state's best burgers! The grand prize winner of the Judge's Choice will win a waived entry and travel stipend to compete in the World Burger Championship! The Individual Category winner will have a waived entry fee. VIEW SITE
  • Atlanta Burger Wars - People's Choice


    in Atlanta, GA on May 6, 2017

    Atlanta Burger Wars is a new and exciting event hosted at Atlanta Motor Speedway where the competition pits some of the area's greatest burger masters against one another. All proceeds benefit the Speedway Charities. So bring out the whole family to enjoy a fun-packed day eating the state's best burgers! The grand prize winner of the People’s Choice will win a waived entry and travel stipend to compete in the World Burger Championship! The Individual Category winner will have a waived entry fee. VIEW SITE
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Luke Darnell

2017 World Barbecue Championship

Luke Darnell is the pitmaster of Old Virginia Smoke, which has been competing on the KCBS Barbecue Circuit for 4 seasons. Winner of multiple grand championships, reserve grand championships, and many other awards, Old Virginia Smoke is the current World Barbecue Champion, winning that title at the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. Luke resides in Bristow, Virginia, and cooks with his wife... VIEW FULL BIO

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