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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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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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kari luke

2016 World Invitational Steak Championship

I am just a small home town girl that has owned and operated a Convenient Store for the past 33 years with my husband. We make fresh made pizzas, we have a large deli and we also have a catering business. My husband and I also have a BBQ team in which we have competed for the last 11 years. I love to cook mainly because I love to make people happy with food! VIEW FULL BIO

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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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