-Mobile, Alabama: 1 hour, 4 minutes
During late 2018, our group traveled to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. Not only would we become acquainted with this gorgeous place throughout our visit, but our group would also serve as judges for the 7th annual World Food Championships!
Beginning on the following day, we had plenty of time to watch early phases of competition. It was such a blast to see so many talented chefs at work. Each of them had won other competitions, first (a requirement for participation). Tents were filled with excited voices, smoke and hungry spectators.
Some of the event statistics were staggering:
-50,000 pounds of food in the WFC pantry
-10,000+ social media impressions and 3,738 article mentions before the event even started
-the oldest competitor was 91
-the youngest competitors were 14
-more than 500 culinary teams...
.....created nearly 7,000 dishes for judging
If all goes well, the 2020 World Food Championships will take place November 6-10, at Dallas' iconic, indoor, Fair Park. In the meantime, here are more photos from 2018.