by Alex Gonzalez
The World Food Championships is back in Dallas, and this year, at a new location. This year’s WFC will take place from November 5 through 7 at Fair Park, allowing room for over 1500 chefs to go head to head for cash prizes.
The last World Food Championships took place in 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Although the competition was expected to return to Dallas in 2020, COVID shut those plans down. Now, at Fair Park, chefs will cook across over 40 different food stations in games of Olympic proportions—appropriately titled Biscuits & Jampionships, Bourb’N’Que, Fire Woman, the latter of which highlighting four female pitmasters as they compete for the title of Fire Woman, as well as a cash prize.
“Right now,” says Mike McCloud, President and CEO of WFC, “we are absolutely full with our competition teams from about 45 different states that are chomping at the bit to get back into the game. We call it a food sport. We call it munch madness. It’s one of the most insane foodie events you’ve ever seen.”
McCloud was drawn to Dallas for the WFC location after witnessing the work of the chefs within the city’s robust food scene. He also believes that being near two major airports will allow out-of-state chefs ease of access as they arrive to Dallas.
The competition will be judged by several chefs of note, including local favorite Kent Rathbun. If interested, festival attendees can also take a class prior to the competition to become a certified judge. The classes are “open to anyone with a palate that can discern a difference between great dishes,” and those who fulfil the certification requirements can attend the competition an extra two days that aren’t open to the public.
“There’s just a lot of talent and a lot of individuals from a lot of different walks of life who have found this this passion for what we do,” McCleod says, “which is to identify and then celebrate great chefs through a tournament that is open to everyone to see. It’s a level playing field.”
General admission tickets start at $15 for a day pass or $40 for a 3-day weekend pass. General Admission ticket holders will gain access to unique tasting experiences like Hall of Taste, BBQ Ranch, WFC’s Family Fun Zone, live music, chef demos and much more! VIP tickets are also available. Visit https://worldfoodchampionships.comto purchase.