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

The Reuben. The Monte Cristo. The Dagwood. The Muffaletta. Sandwiches have so much personality we give them their own names. As a beloved staple of American cuisine, there could be no World Food Championships if the sandwich was not represented.

The World Sandwich Championship will pit 40 of the world’s best sandwich-smiths against each other for the title of World Sandwich Champion. Home cooks, restaurateurs and chefs will all compete to see whose cuisine reigns supreme. The champion will then take their winning stack to the Final Table for a chance to win the World Food Championship.

The following competitions are State Qualifiers for the 2018 World Sandwich 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
Georgia State Qualifier / Eats & Sweets - Speedway Under the Stars – 8/17/18 - Hampton, Georgia
Tennessee State Qualifier / Public Markets – 2018 – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tennessee State Qualifier / Street Food Festival – 5/17/18 – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Texas State Qualifier / City of Port Aransas 
– 2018 – Port Aransas, Texas

The following competitions are State Partner Authorized Qualifiers for the 2018 World Sandwich Championship:
Alabama State Qualifier / EAT Eastern Shore Judging Class - 6/10/18-6/11/18 - Fairhope, Alabama
Alabama State Qualifier / AHERO - 2018 - Alabama

The following competitions are Preferred Qualifiers for the 2018 World Sandwich Championship:
Alabama Festival of Flavor (Sandwich competition) - 10/6/18-10/7/18 - Foley, Alabama
Jubilee Festival of the Arts (Sandwich competition) - 9/29/18-9/30/18 - Old Towne Daphne, Alabama

The following competitions are Elite Qualifiers for the 2018 World Sandwich Championship:
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 Sandwich Championship:
Caribbean Food Championships - 8/18/18-8/19/18 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

United States Events

Event Location Date
Culinary Fight Club - 2017Various Locations, US
World Pasta ChampionshipUS
2018 WFC Wait List - SandwichUS
Walmart Online Recipe Contest "Food Champ Fresh"Various Locations, USJul 20, 2018
Special Invitation - David MolinaUS
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten RecipeOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten SandwichOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2017 World Sandwich Champion - Acie VincentOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2016 World Food Champion - Kari LukeOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2016 World Sandwich Champion - Mary Kay LangOrange Beach, AL, US
ALABAMA FESTIVAL OF FLAVORFoley, AL, USOct 6, 2018
JUBILEE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTSOld Towne Daphne, AL, USSep 29, 2018
Alabama State Qualifier / WFC Team AlabamaVarious Locations, AL, US
Wings & Wine (Comedienne Joy's Special Event)Birmingham, AL, USMar 15, 2018
WFC: Granny Grilling Challenge - Sherri WilliamsOrange Beach, AL, USNov 11, 2017
2017 WFC Top Ten Recipe - Lisa KeysOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
Birmingham BurgerFest 2018Birmingham, AL, USJun 2, 2018
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 / AHEROTBA, AL, US
Line Drives & Dingers Steak Cookoff (Hot Dog competition)Bearden, AR, USJun 16, 2018
Scottsdale Culinary Festival - Teen Challenge - 1st PlaceScottsdale, AZ, USApr 14, 2018
Rockin' Taco RumbleScottsdale, AZ, USMar 2, 2018
Arizona Taco FestivalScottsdale, AZ, USOct 14, 2017
Special Invitation - Tammy StangerPhoenix, AZ, USMar 19, 2018
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking CompetitionHollywood, CA, USOct 13, 2018
Colorado Burger SummitCO, US
WFC: 2015 World Sandwich Champion - Lori RukstalesKissimmee, FL, US
Boca Burger BattleBoca Raton, FL, USJul 14, 2018
Helpful Hands Sizzlin Summer Cooking Challenge (Recipe competition)Oviedo, FL, USMay 26, 2018
Riverwalk Burger Battle™ IXFort Lauderdale, FL, USMar 23, 2018
Burger Beast Burgie AwardsHialeah, FL, USOct 31, 2017
Cuban Sandwich Festival at HCC - Ybor CityTampa Bay, FL, USMar 31, 2018
Miami Cuban Sandwich SmackdownMiami, FL, USMar 11, 2018
Orlando Cuban Sandwich SmackdownOrlando, FL, USMar 3, 2018
Cuban Sandwich FestivalMiami, FL, USMar 31, 2018
FTL Taco Battle & Craft Beer FestFort Lauderdale, FL, USApr 14, 2018
Miami Food & Wine - Best SandwichMiami, FL, US
Georgia State Qualifier / Eats & Sweets - Speedway Under the StarsHampton, GA, USAug 17, 2018
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta Food WarsVarious Locations, GA, US
CHEF JJ'S EGGFESTIndianapolis, IN, USMay 19, 2018
American Royal - Open - Sausage CompetitionKansas City, KS, USAug 31, 2017
National Oyster Cook-offLeonardtown, MD, USOct 21, 2017
Burger BashRoyal Oak, MI, USJun 8, 2018
Detroit Burger BrawlDetroit, MI, USJun 24, 2018
Best Burger in the ValleyStillwater, MN, USMay 1, 2018
Zoofari -- Burgers, Brews and BandsBillings, MT, USAug 17, 2018
North Carolina Peanut Growers Association PB&J ContestRaleigh, NC, USOct 12, 2017
WFC: 2013 World Food Champion - Dave ElliottLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2013 World Recipe Champion - Beth PetersonLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2013 World Sandwich Champion - Jennifer DaskevichLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2014 World Recipe Champion - David GroverLas Vegas, NV, US
WFC: 2014 World Sandwich Champion - Kelli Fairchild-CochranLas Vegas, NV, US
Brooklyn Meatball TakedownBrooklyn, NY, USMar 18, 2018
National Hamburger FestivalBuffalo, NY, USAug 11, 2018
Brooklyn Taco TakedownBrooklyn, NY, USApr 22, 2018
Iron Chef at the Pizza TrialsColumbus, OH, USJan 29, 2018
Burger Battle at the MidAmerica Restaurant ShowColumbus, OH, USJan 28, 2018
WFC: WILD CARD ELITE DIVISIONONLINE, USFeb 1, 2018
WFC: #Taste of Canada - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
Challenge Butter's "Real Summer, Real Flavor" Online Recipe Contest - 2nd-5th PlaceONLINE, USSep 8, 2017
#TOA2017 - Lesa SampsonONLINE, US
Pepperidge Farm Respect The Bun PromotionONLINE, USMay 15, 2017
WFC: #Taste of America - Dessert - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: #Taste of America - Sandwich - 2nd-3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 2nd-5th PlaceONLINE, US
Fourth Annual National Sausage Month Recipe Contest - Kim JonesONLINE, USOct 20, 2017
Grilled Cheese Recipe ShowdownONLINE, USMay 15, 2018
WFC: #Taste of America - Sandwich - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WFC: Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 1st PlaceONLINE, US
Get Wild With Wild Rice Recipe ContestONLINE, USMay 7, 2018
Maple Leaf Farms 2017 Strut Your Duck Recipe Contest - Finalist - Sandwich or ChickenONLINE, USDec 1, 2017
Philadelphia Burger BrawlPhiladelphia, PA, US
Annual Mushroom Festival - Amateur Mushroom Cook-off - 2017Kennett Square, PA, USSep 9, 2017
Annual Mushroom Festival - Amateur Mushroom Cook-off - Judge's Choice - 2017Kennett Square, PA, USSep 9, 2017
Jeunes Chefs Rotisseurs & Pastry Provincial CompetitionCharleston, SC, US
Sioux Falls Downtown Burger BattleSioux Falls, SD, USJan 2, 2018
Nashville Lifestyle's Battle of the BurgerNashville, TN, USApr 19, 2018
Nashville Scene Burger WeekNashville, TN, USJul 16, 2018
Nashville Scene - Best of Nashville 2017 - SandwichNashville, TN, US
Nashville Scene - Best of Nashville 2017 - BurgerNashville, TN, US
Tennessee State Qualifier / Street Food FestivalChattanooga, TN, USMay 27, 2018
Pillsbury Bake-Off - Category Winners and Grand Prize WinnerTV, USFeb 24, 2018
Texas State Qualifier / City of Port AransasTX, USMar 1, 2018
Truffle MastersHouston, TX, USJan 29, 2018
EAT Class GalvestonGalveston, TX, USJan 29, 2018

International Events

Event Location Date
WA's Best Steak Sandwich Competition - Metropolitan Competition WinnerWest Perth, AU
International Competitor Invitations - AustraliaONLINE, AUFeb 1, 2018
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
Special Invitation - International - Bread & BeastWan Chai, HK
International Competitor Invitations - Hong KongONLINE, HKFeb 1, 2018
Italian Burger BattleITSep 9, 2018
W.E.S.T. Steak & Burger Cookoff - ItalyRiva di Tures, ITJan 13, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - JapanONLINE, JPFeb 1, 2018
The Most Wanted African Food QuestONLINE, NGJul 1, 2017
Special Invitation - Food Diaries (Masala TV cooking show)TV, PK
Dona Elena Pasta Fiesta – Online Recipe ContestPHApr 1, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - PhilippinesONLINE, PHFeb 1, 2018
CARIBBEAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSSan Juan, PR, PR
Tony Stone Low and Slow (Burger competition) - The NetherlandsHoofdorp, NLMay 19, 2018
International Competitor Invitations -The NetherlandsONLINE, NLFeb 1, 2018
Grillstock Festival - (Burger competition) - United KingdomBristol, GBJul 1, 2017
Q-Fest (Burger competition) - United KingdomDevon, GBJun 16, 2018
British Sandwich Designer of the Year - United KingdomChepstow, GBMay 10, 2018
International Competitor Invitations - United KingdomONLINE, GBFeb 1, 2018