World Food Championships 2014, Here I Come!!!!
I’m SO excited to announce that I was one of 5 people chosen from Cookmore.com to be a contestant in the World Food Championships 2014!!!! I, seriously, worked very hard creating recipes that would get me noticed! This is huge for my baking career and family! If you don’t know what the World Food Championship is, I will let their official website explain:
“The World Food Championships is the natural progression of the thousands of cooking competitions that take place across the globe each year. Tens of thousands of consumers will compete in a year-long trial to qualify for the World Food Championships. The World Food Championships takes over where Food Network leaves off – in the kitchen and backyard of every American home. Not fake made for TV stars – but everyday real consumers who simply believe they can. Nowhere in the culinary landscape is the spirit of integration and engagement more alive than at the World Food Championships, where the world’s most creative food champions face off for pride and culinary glory. The World Food Championships averages about 25,000 attendees per day throughout the multiple zones and competitions.”
“The field for the 2014 World Food Championships will be expanded to nine categories with 550 competitor spots. Returning categories include: Barbecue, Chili, Sandwich, Burger, Dessert, Bacon and Recipe, while Pasta and Seafood have been added as the two new categories. As in years past, the Recipe category is based on a theme of food, and this year that theme will be Cheese.
Using the EAT methodology and a hybrid of sanctioned and celebrity judging processes, in a tournament style competition, the World Food Championships will identify winners in each of the seven key categories of competition. Once the champions of each category are crowned, they will meet at the Final Table for ultimate bragging rights and a pile of cash. When the smoke clears and the Final Table judges have their say one lucky competitor will be left standing as the World Food Champion.”
WORLD BARBECUE CHAMPIONSHIP
WORLD OPEN CHILI CHAMPIONSHIP
WORLD BURGER CHAMPIONSHIP
WORLD DESSERT CHAMPIONSHIP
WORLD SANDWICH CHAMPIONSHIP
BACON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
WORLD RECIPE CHAMPIONSHIP
WORLD PASTA CHAMPIONSHIP
WORLD SEAFOOD CHAMPIONSHIP
“The World Dessert Championship will pit 50 of the world’s best dessert designers against each other for the title of World Dessert 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.
WORLD DESSERT CHAMPIONSHIP
$25,000 CATEGORY COMPETITION
The 2014 World Food Championships will feature three rounds of competition. Signature Dish: competitors will create their best recipe for judging within each category. Structured Build: this round separates the contenders from the pretenders by forcing everyone to create their own spin on the same basic dish. Infused Ingredient: the top competitors in each category will face off for culinary supremacy using the same ingredient in their final category dish.”
Now, that you know what I am facing, will you pray for me?!!! LOL…I was shaking, crying, and screaming all at the same time when I happened to click on a twitter link from @worldfoodchamp. The blog/article was posted with the grand prize winner and 4 finalists. The finalists were placed in no specific order and we received a Golden Ticket!!! I can’t even begin to tell y’all how it feels to be chosen as 1 of the 5! It feels similar to the day you hold your newly born baby in your arms (a bit too much, but hey I did create this recipe).
From this point on, I will be preparing and deciding on my Signature dish. The World Food Championship will take place November 12-18, 2014. I can’t imagine being away from my family that long, honestly, I don’t think I have been gone for more than overnight since our first was born (except when I caught the awesome-swine flu)!
My incredible Ricotta Orange Marmalade Buttermilk Cake was the one that got me recognized in this popular contest. I don’t necessarily have to enter this recipe at the World Food Championships, hence the reason for my continued baking and creating. I have got to find something that I can whip up quickly, but will wow the palates of the judges. Of course if you have any suggestions, I am always open to new ideas…