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

There's nothing fishy about someone who knows how to delicately plate seared scallops or whip up a batch of perfectly seasoned lobster bisque; it's pure talent. 

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

The following competitions are State Qualifiers for the 2018 World Seafood 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 / The Show Me Series (ACWW) – 6/21/18 – Kansas City, Missouri
Tennessee State Qualifier / Public Markets – 2018 – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Texas State Qualifier / Super Chef Series – 10/3/18 – Port Aransas, Texas

The following competitions are State Partner Authorized Qualifiers for the 2018 World Seafood Championship:
Alabama State Qualifier / 9th Annual Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off - 4/21/18 - Dauphin Island, Alabama
Alabama State Qualifier / Fairhope Kiwanis Best of the Bay Gumbo Championship - 10/20/18 - Fairhope, Alabama
Tennessee State Qualifier / National Cornbread Festival - 4/28/18 - South Pittsburg, Tennessee

The following competitions are Preferred Qualifiers for the 2018 World Seafood Championship:
Alabama Seafood Cook-Off - 6/13/18 - Bayou La Batre, Alabama
The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival  - 9/13/18 - Orange Beach, Alabama

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

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

United States Events

Event Location Date
Special Invitation - Shaun ZinckgrafUS
2018 WFC Wait List - SeafoodUS
Walmart Online Recipe Contest "Food Champ Fresh"Various Locations, USJul 20, 2018
Hog Eye BBQUSSep 13, 2018
WFC: 2017 WFC Top Ten SeafoodOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
WFC: 2016 World Food Champion - Kari LukeOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2016 World Seafood Champion - James AptakinOrange Beach, AL, US
ALABAMA SEAFOOD COOK-OFFBayou La Batre, AL, USJun 13, 2018
THE WHARF UNCORKEDOrange Beach, AL, USSep 13, 2018
Alabama State Qualifier / WFC Team AlabamaVarious Locations, AL, US
Wings & Wine (Comedienne Joy's Special Event)Birmingham, AL, USMar 15, 2018
Downtown Cajun CookoffMobile, AL, USMar 24, 2018
Battle at the BeachOrange Beach, AL, USSep 21, 2017
Blue Marlin Master Chef ChallengeOrange Beach, AL, USJul 10, 2018
2017 World Seafood Champion - Kim BanickOrange Beach, AL, USNov 12, 2017
Alabama State Qualifier / 9th Annual Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-offDauphin Island, AL, USApr 21, 2018
WSC2016 - Haikel HarrisOrange Beach, AL, US
WFC: 2017 World Food Champion - Lisa GwatneyOrange Beach, AL, US
Alabama State Qualifier / Fairhope Kiwanis Best of the Bay Gumbo ChampionshipFairhope, AL, USOct 20, 2018
Alabama State Qualifier / WOK-OffDothan, AL, USSep 6, 2018
Scottsdale Culinary Festival - Teen Challenge - Michael MengelkampScottsdale, AZ, US
Mendocino Crab Cake Cookoff - People's ChoiceFort Bragg, CA, USJan 27, 2018
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking Competition - Jim ModesittHollywood, CA, US
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking Competition - James AptakinHollywood, CA, US
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking CompetitionHollywood, CA, US
California State Qualifier / Cali Cooking Competition - Lisa Pucci-DelgadoHollywood, CA, US
Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off - FinalsLewes, DE, USOct 1, 2017
WFC: 2015 World Seafood Champion - Cindy TaffelKissimmee, FL, US
Best of the Best on the Emerald CoastDestin, FL, USOct 21, 2017
Georgia State Qualifier / Atlanta Food WarsVarious Locations, GA, US
Special Invitation - Jordan WakefieldAtlanta, GA, US
CHEF JJ'S EGGFESTIndianapolis, IN, USMay 19, 2018
Crawfish Cook-off - Slidell, LASlidell, LA, USApr 21, 2018
Hospice Foundation of the South Crawfish Cook-offSlidell, LA, USApr 21, 2018
Northshore Gumbo Cook-OffSlidell, LA, USNov 10, 2018
Ponchatoula Jambalaya CookoffPonchatoula, LA, USMar 3, 2018
Crawfish and RosesCovington, LA, USMay 5, 2018
Maryland Seafood Festival - Crab Soup Cook-offAnnapolis, MD, USSep 9, 2018
National Hard Crab Derby Crab Cooking ContestCrisfield, MD, USAug 31, 2018
Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook OffCambridge, MD, USJul 14, 2018
White Marlin Festival & Crab Soup Cook OffOcean City, MD, USMay 12, 2018
Bethel HarvestFest Chowdah CookoffBethel, ME, USSep 15, 2018
Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking ContestRockland, ME, USAug 3, 2018
Seafood Excellence AwardsPortland, ME, USMar 11, 2018
Annual Gumbo Cookoff - Kalamazoo, MIKalamazoo, MI, USFeb 25, 2018
Missouri State Qualifier / The Show Me Series in Kansas CityKansas City, MO, USJun 21, 2018
Crawfish Cook-off - Biloxi, MSBiloxi, MS, USApr 21, 2018
North Carolina Seafood Festival - Cooking Challenge In The Cooking With The Chefs TentMorehead City, NC, USOct 6, 2017
Annual Chowder Cook-off ClassicLong Beach Island, NJ, USSep 30, 2018
Barilla Pasta Showdown at Pizza&Pasta Northeast - 2017Atlantic City, NJ, USOct 17, 2017
WFC: 2014 World Seafood Champion - Terry ReinhardtLas Vegas, NV, US
Yelp's ChowderfestBay Shore, NY, USDec 3, 2017
WFC: WILD CARD ELITE DIVISIONONLINE, USFeb 1, 2018
WFC: #Taste of Canada - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
#TOA2017 - Lisha GriffittONLINE, US
WFC: Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 2nd-5th PlaceONLINE, US
WFC: #Taste of America - Seafood - 1st PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
Food Champ Online Recipe Contests - 1st PlaceONLINE, US
Alabama Seafood Showdown - GSOBT Online Recipe Contest - 2nd & 3rd PlaceONLINE, USJun 1, 2018
WILD CARD ELITE DIVISION - WALMARTONLINE, US
Grillfest Northwest (Seafood category)Seattle, OR, USJun 30, 2018
Ocean State BBQ Championship (Seafood competition)West Kingston, RI, USOct 21, 2017
Great Chowder Cookoff / The Polar Seltzer Great Chowder CookoffNewport, RI, USJun 2, 2018
South Carolina Seafood Challenge - at the HMRSSMyrtle Beach, SC, USJan 30, 2018
Shrimp on the Barbie Shrimp ThrowdownCharleston, SC, USOct 1, 2017
Nashville Scene Iron ForkNashville, TN, USMar 22, 2018
Art Institute's Sweet and Savory Recipe ChallengeNashville, TN, USFeb 19, 2018
Tennessee State Qualifier / National Cornbread Festival Championship CookoffSouth Pittsburg, TN, USApr 28, 2018
Texas State Qualifier / Super Chef SeriesPort Aransas, TX, USOct 3, 2018
Big Ass Crawfish BashLamarque, TX, USMar 24, 2018
Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival Captain Joseph Chowder CookoffPort Angeles, WA, USOct 8, 2017
Monterey Wine and West Coast Chowder CompetitionVancouver, WA, USJun 9, 2018

International Events

Event Location Date
AUSTRALIAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSTBA, AU
CARIBBEAN FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPSSan Juan, PR, PR