The third annual World Food Championships will return to the Fremont Street Experience, November 12-18. Building on past success—including a six-episode recap of last year’s competition that ran on the new FYI cable network—organizers are raising the stakes for this year’s competitors and attendees. Tickets are on sale now at WorldFoodChampionships.com; here are seven reasons to pick up yours.
The grand prize has doubled to $100,000 for the professional or home chef who progresses through preliminary categories to win at the Final Table, where they will be judged by a panel of culinary experts and celebrities.
Your Lasagna Could Be Worth Thousands
New categories have been added, with pasta and seafood joining barbecue, bacon, chili, sandwiches, desserts, burgers and recipes in the preliminary competitions, with a $10,000 first prize for each winner. This year’s recipe competition will focus on cheese.
You Can Sit in Judgment
All you have to do is apply and take a short training session in WFC’s proprietary EAT (Execution/Appearance/Taste) judging method. You can also sign up for the special on-site EAT Judging Class ($95), where you’ll get a deep download, and taste test chef-prepared bites during the class. No previous experience is necessary, but on the application you will be asked to share your culinary résumé, so make sure you tell them about your passion for food.
You Don’t Have to Just Watch Other People Eat
Although trained volunteers will judge the actual competition entries, there will be numerous grazing and ticketed events, such as Friday’s Bourbon BBQ & Banjos ($25) and Saturday’s Chili Throwdown ($25).
Blogger? I Hardly Know Her!
Food writers (and those who want to be) will have the chance to improve their craft with a new “Food, Fight, Write” bloggers conference ($349) that will run concurrently with the World Food Championships.
At Last, Booze Gets Its Due
At the blogger conference, PourTaste.com’s Jon Yeager and BiteAndBooze.com’s Jay Ducote will demo cocktails for aspiring beverage writers, and Yeager will also present Shaken and Stirred: A Guide to Creating and Discovering the Perfect Cocktail. Single-session tickets are available for $25 (FoodFightWrite.com).
New Layout Saves Shoe Leather
The event’s footprint has shifted slightly to take advantage of the new Downtown Events Center, adjacent to The D. Cooking categories that had previously been exiled on Fremont East will now be right in the middle of all the action, so barbecue fans will be able to visit the hardworking pit masters all night long.