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COMPETITION OVERVIEW
NOVEMBER 7-11, 2018
ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA

World Open Chili Championship, sponsored by Hormel Chili Logo -- hormel-chili-logo.jpg

As one of the most popular foods on the planet, chili comes in many forms, but which one is the best? Is it the Traditional Red?  Your secret family recipe?  Or a ‘Freestyle’ blend of whatever pleases your mouth? The world’s best chili cooks will spice up Orange Beach, AL at the World Open Chili Championship and find out who has the best chili on the planet.


The following competitions are State Qualifiers for the 2018 World Open Chili Championship
:
Alabama State Qualifier / Alabama Coasting Multi-Media – 2018 - Various Locations in Alabama
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking Competition – 10/13/18-10/14/18 - Hollywood, California
Missouri State Qualifier - Show Me Series - 2018 - Various Locations in Missouri
Tennessee State Qualifier / Public Markets – 2018 – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Texas State Qualifier / City of Port Aransas – 2018 – Port Aransas, Texas

The following competitions are Preferred Qualifiers for the 2018 World Open Chili Championship:
Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff - 4/28/18 - Biloxi, Mississippi

The following competitions are Elite Qualifiers for the 2018 World Open Chili Championship:
Hormel Special Invitations - 2018 - ONLINE
Idaho Potato Online Recipe Contest “The Summer Spud”
- 7/13/18-7/23/18 - ONLINE
Kleefield Honey Festival - 8/10/18 - Kleefield, Manitoba, CANADA
Red Gold Golden Ticket - 2018 - Mt. Carmel, Indiana
Walmart Online Recipe Contest "Food Champ Fresh"/Wild Card Elite Division
 
– 7/20/18-7/30/18 – ONLINE
Wild Card Elite Division
 - 2/1/18-8/31/18 - ONLINE

The following competitions are International Qualifiers for the 2019 World Open Chili Championship:
Alabama State Qualifier / Back Forty Beer – 2019 - Gadsden, Alabama
Caribbean Food Championships
 - 8/18/18-8/19/18 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

The following competitions are automatic qualifiers for the 2018 World Open Chili Championship:

United States Events

Event Location Date
ICS: 2018 Chili 1st Place Winners - International Chili SocietyVarious Locations, USSep 1, 2017
CASI: 2018 Chili 1st Place Winners - Chili Appreciation Society InternationalVarious Locations, USSep 1, 2017
Culinary Fight Club - 2017Various Locations, US
TOLBERT: 2018 Chili 1st Place Winners - TolbertVarious Locations, USSep 1, 2017
Walmart Online Recipe Contest "Food Champ Fresh"Various Locations, USJul 20, 2018
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten ChiliOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten RecipeOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 World Open Chili Champion - Liz KraatzOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2016 World Food Champion - Kari LukeOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2016 World Open Chili Champion - Liz KraatzOrange Beach, AL, US
Alabama State Qualifier / WFC Team AlabamaVarious Locations, AL, US
WFC: Granny Grilling Challenge - Sherri WilliamsOrange Beach, AL, USNov 11, 2017
Fire on the Mountain - 2017Arab, AL, US
2017 WFC Top Ten Recipe - Lisa KeysOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 World Food Champion - Lisa GwatneyOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten Burger - Adam PritchettOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
Alabama State Qualifier / Back Forty Beer (for 2019)TBA, AL, US
Special Invitation - Tammy StangerPhoenix, AZ, USMar 19, 2018
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking CompetitionHollywood, CA, USOct 13, 2018
WFC: 2015 World Open Chili Champion - Wayne ShymkoKissimmee, FL, US
WFC: 2015 World Recipe Champion - Alethia ShihKissimmee, FL, US
"Super" Chili Bowl Cook OffPerdido Key, FL, USFeb 3, 2018
Hormel Online Contest - Craig WeinbaumFL, US
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta Food WarsVarious Locations, GA, US
Carmel Market District Inaugural Chili Cook-OffCarmel, IN, USFeb 3, 2018
Red Gold Chili Cook-Off - for 2019Elwood, IN, USOct 13, 2018
Special Invitation - Cortney RileyKansas City, KS, US
Mac N Brews (Chili competition)Royal Oak, MI, USFeb 24, 2018
Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me SeriesVarious Locations, MO, US
GULF COAST CHILI COOK-OFFBiloxi, MS, USApr 21, 2018
WFC: 2013 World Food Champion - Dave ElliottLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2013 World Open Chili Champion - Ray BogartLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2013 World Recipe Champion - Beth PetersonLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2014 World Open Chili Champion - Ray BogartLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2014 World Recipe Champion - David GroverLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: WILD CARD ELITE DIVISIONONLINE, USFeb 1, 2018
#TOA2017 - Lesa SampsonONLINE, US
WFC: #Taste of America - Chili - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 2nd-5th PlaceONLINE, US
WFC: #Taste of America - Chili - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 1st PlaceONLINE, US
America's Better Sandwich ContestONLINE, US
Idaho Potato Online Recipe Contest - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJul 13, 2018
Idaho Potato Online Recipe Contest - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJul 13, 2018
Texas State Qualifier / City of Port AransasTX, USMar 1, 2018

International Events

Event Location Date
International Competitor Invitations - AustraliaONLINE, AUFeb 1, 2018
Kleefield Honey Festival (Chili) [Qualifies Canadian Chili competitors in Manitoba and Ontario]MB, CA
International Competitor Invitations - Cape VerdeONLINE, CVFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - Dominican RepublicONLINE, DOFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - GermanyONLINE, DEFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - GuamONLINE, GUFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - Hong KongONLINE, HKFeb 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - JapanONLINE, JPFeb 1, 2018
CARIBBEAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSSan Juan, PR, PR
International Competitor Invitations -The NetherlandsONLINE, NLFeb 1, 2018
2018 National Burger Awards - Best Burger - United KingdomLondon, GBFeb 21, 2018
UKCCA: 2018 Chili 1st Place Winners - UK Chilli Cook-off AssociationGBSep 1, 2017
International Competitor Invitations - United KingdomONLINE, GBFeb 1, 2018