KISSIMMEE, Fla., Oct. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WORLD FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS, worldfoodchampionships.com, the world's largest Food Sport competition, descends on Celebration/Kissimmee November 3-10 with a full week of public events, 1,100+ professional chefs and competitive home chefs, and a $350,000 Food Sport prize purse, the largest worldwide.
Hailing from more than 40 states and 17 countries, WFC 2015's fierce but friendly participants are previously-crowned winners of Food Sport, cooking and recipe competitions from across the globe.
Champions from Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, Trinidad, the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands are all registered for competition. Among them, Ricardo Heredia from San Diego, Ca., WFC's 2014 World Food Champion, two-time Bacon World Champion (2013, 2014), and the first competitor to win $100,000 from WFC.
"With this incredible roster of talented, diverse and passionate food competitors, there's no doubt Kissimmee, Florida is about to become the center of the Food Sport universe," said Mike McCloud, CEO/President of World Food Championships.
The bulk of WFC's food fights will occur in KENMORE KITCHEN ARENA, the largest outdoor kitchen in the world, measuring a full city block at 7,800-square feet. Sponsored by KENMORE brand appliances, the space features $250,000 worth of stoves, cooktops and countertops – enough for 50 chefs to cook simultaneously. An additional $100,000 worth of professional grills from BULL OUTDOOR PRODUCTS will afford open-flame grilling in the quest for food fame and fortune.
The nine competition categories include BBQ, Bacon, Burger, Chili, Dessert, Pasta, Recipe, Sandwich and Seafood. Each WFC category champion will be awarded $10,000 in cash, then advance to the winner-takes-all $100,000 FINAL TABLE on Tuesday, Nov. 10. A panel of five elite chefs will determine the champion.
"The WFC teams are serious about this competition because there's serious cash on the line," McCloud said. "And, of course, there's the global prestige of being named a World Food Champion."
World Food Championships' main competition days – Thursday-Sunday (Nov. 5-8) – are open to the public, and feature a free TASTING VILLAGE for consumers, cooking and cocktail demos at the SIZZLE SPOT and SWIZZLE SPOT, and the chance to watch some of the world's most creative Food Sport teams attempt to wow discerning judges.
Ticketed events include the WORLD COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE presented by Brown-Forman, the QUE SCHOOL barbecue showcase, and the WORLD CHILI FEST: PEOPLE'S CHOICE competition presented by HORMEL, where visitors can taste up to five world-class chili recipes and vote for their favorite. More about all of World Food Championships' events is at www.worldfoodchampionships.com/tickets.
All of World Food Championships' fast-paced competition will be filmed for a multi-part, documentary-style cable television series to debut in the Summer of 2016.
The full schedule of preliminary and final competitions can be found at www.worldfoodchampionships.com/schedule.
About World Food Championships
World Food Championships, the world's largest annual Food Sport event, invites the champions from the biggest and best food competitions around the world into a single high-stakes culinary showdown for $350,000+ in cash and prizes. Following a tournament-style format across multiple iconic food categories, the WFC culminates with a $100,000 Final Table faceoff where category champions brave potential elimination in front of a live audience and a panel of accomplished culinary judges. World Food Championships is owned and produced by Nashville-based MMA Creative.
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