Alabama Contest Named Elite Qualifier for World Food Championships
PorktoberQue, Dothan, Alabama’s Oktoberfest and sanctioned barbecue cooking competition, will have featured representatives at the 2016 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama, according to Mike McCloud, CEO of the World Food Championships. PorktoberQue is one of only a few opportunities in the state of Alabama for competitive chefs to qualify to compete in the World Food Championships.
“More than 400 pre-qualified competitors will enter one of nine competition categories beginning Nov. 8, and several champions of PorktoberQue will be among them,” McCloud said.
PorktoberQue is sending three winners from its 2016 event to compete against the World Food Championships roster of Golden Ticket contestants. PorktoberQue has been elevated to Elite Qualifier status by guaranteeing that its winner’s registration fees are waived to compete in Orange Beach.
“Stakes are high and the competition is intense with a total purse of $350,000 in cash and additional prizes, while the ultimate World Food Champion takes home a grand prize of $100,000,” McCloud said.
Competitors will prepare food on site in timed events that include preparation speed, specialty recipes, presentation and the ultimate test of taste. The categories this year include BBQ, Chili, Sandwich, Seafood, Bacon, Burger, Steak, Dessert, and Recipe, which has the theme of “breakfast” in 2016. PorktoberQue will qualify competitors for Barbecue, Steak and Bacon.
“Tournament judges will select the top 10 finalists in each category, where they will then compete for the chance to go to the Final Table,” explained McCloud. “It is there that one culinary genius will rise up from nine category champions to become the 2016 World Food Champion.”
McCloud said that cooking is not the only opportunity for participation in the World Food Championships. Those interested in volunteering or in learning to become a certified WFC judge may sign up on the World Food Championships website.
“The World Food Championships offers opportunities for people to watch celebrity chef competitions, attend demonstrations, review at the latest cooking appliances and become part of a fun, family-friendly experience,” he observed, adding that there will be thousands of spectators, colorful teams, special judges and foodie volunteers in Orange Beach for the Nov. 8 – 15 event.
For more information, visit www.worldfoodchampionships.com or www.PorktoberQue.com