16 Tennessee Cooks Set To Compete In The World’s Largest Food Sport Competition

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Nearly 1,500 cooks will meet at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Al., this November for the culinary battle of their lives — and a shot at more than $350,000 in cash and prizes, the biggest payout in Food Sport history. Among the field of competitors for the seventh annual World Food Championships (WFC), presented by Walmart, will be 16 teams who will be representing Tennessee at this “Ultimate Food Fight.”

“Teams from more than 40 states and 15 countries will enter one of our ten competition categories to earn their way to a title and a huge TV opportunity,” said Mike McCloud, the CEO and official commissioner of the event.

“The competition will be more intense than ever this year, and ten incredible chefs or home cooks are going to walk away with $10,000 cash!”

Tennessee residents have always shown great performance and culinary talent. In fact, last year’s World Food Champion (Lisa Gwatney) and World Burger Champion (Tommy Shive) hail from the volunteer state. In addition, Tennessee was one of the first states to enter into a new state partnership agreement with the WFC. This partnership helped unify the qualifying process for cooks and chefs trying to earn their way into the world’s largest Food Sport event.

Competitors will cook on-site during the timed events and face the challenge of preparation speed, specialty recipes, presentation and the ultimate taste test for E.A.T. certified judges. The categories include Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Chicken, Chili, Dessert, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. The following competitors from Tennessee will be battling it out on the world’s largest food stage in these WFC categories.  

Barbecue:

  • Chris Freels from Loudon, Tn.

Burger:

  • David Calkins from Nashville, Tn.

  • Karen Elliott from Bartlett, Tn.

  • 2017 World Burger Champ -Tommy Shive from Memphis, Tn.

Chef:

  • Dhanapol Marprasert from Murfreesboro, Tn.

  • Hardin Cowan from Chattanooga, Tn.

  • Jessica Hammonds from Knoxville, Tn.

  • Julia Sullivan from Nashville, Tn.

  • Raenel Stelly-Cummings from Hermitage, Tn.

  • Rebecca Barron from Chattanooga, Tn.

Chicken:

  • Jeremy Donald from Knoxville, Tn.

  • Lisa Benoit from Cookeville, Tn.

  • Richard Jones from Nashville, Tn.

Dessert:

  • Judy Beaudin from Franklin, Tennessee

Sandwich:

  • Mary Lang from Vonore, Tn.

Seafood:

  • 2017 World Food Champion - Lisa Gwatney from Memphis, Tn.

If any of the Tennessee Food Champs advance to the Top Ten round, they will not only have the chance to take home their respective category title but also earn a spot to compete at the Final Table for a chance at the title of World Food Champion and a $100,000 payday.

Aside from the food frenzy happening in Kitchen Arena, there are a ton of family-friendly activities planned for foodies of all ages at the WFC. Whether you’re a southern-fried foodie who loves barbeque and bacon, or a parent looking for the most outrageous food flavors in the Gulf region, this multi-day, live-fire culinary event has something for everyone. Find out more about WFC’s events here.


Jersey Mike's Opens June 19 In Fort Oglethorpe

Food Preservation Classes Offered July 16 And 25

Cempa Community Care Announces Dining Out For Life 2019


Jersey Mike's Subs will open in Fort Oglethorpe on June 19. Franchise owners Ryan Hendrix and Andrew Brooks will hold a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, June 19, to Sunday, ... (click for more)

Beginner and experienced home food preservers can benefit from a 2-hour overview of safe preserving methods. Choose from one of four classes to be repeated the morning and evening of July 16 ... (click for more)

Local restaurants will be partnering with Cempa Community Care on Thursday, June 20, to support the fight against HIV in the Tennessee Valley. Dining Out For Life benefits those throughout ... (click for more)


Dining

Jersey Mike's Opens June 19 In Fort Oglethorpe

Jersey Mike's Subs will open in Fort Oglethorpe on June 19. Franchise owners Ryan Hendrix and Andrew Brooks will hold a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, June 19, to Sunday, June 23, to support Children's Advocacy Center. The new restaurant, located at 1415 Dietz Road , is circulating 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a ... (click for more)

Food Preservation Classes Offered July 16 And 25

Beginner and experienced home food preservers can benefit from a 2-hour overview of safe preserving methods. Choose from one of four classes to be repeated the morning and evening of July 16 at the University of Tennessee Extension office and July 25 at Crabtree Farms. Participants can choose from the 10 a.m.-12 p.m. class or the 6-8 p.m. class on both days. The $20 fee includes ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Police Charge Jason Ansley In Wreck On Main Street In Which 9-Year-Old Boy Was Killed; Going 62 MPH In 35 MPH Zone

Chattanooga Police have arrested 38-year-old Jason Ansley in a June 7 wreck on Main Street in which 9-year-old Liam Haddock was killed and two other family members injured. Police said it was determined that Ansley was traveling 62 mph in a 35 mph zone and he was caught on video running a red light at S. Orchard Knob just prior to the 9:08 p.m. crash. Police said Ansley, who ... (click for more)

Smedley, Bankston Say They Are No Votes On Property Tax Increase

Two County Commission members on Monday told members of the Pachyderm Club that they are no votes on a property tax increase. Sabrena Smedley, who currently chairs the commission, said there are a number of unanswered questions about the school system, including how the latest test scores will turn out and how much in repairs the schools will face under a new study. She said ... (click for more)

Opinion

Why I Support Funding The Proposed Budget

Dear Commissioners of Hamilton County, I attended the District 3 community meeting with Commissioner Greg Martin and School Board Chairman Joe Wingate, who was filling in for District 3 Rep. Joe Smith. Commissioner Martin stated he had not made up his mind on how to vote for the tax increase at that time. He requested thoughtful input on why the citizens of his district wanted ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: VW Needs Big Repairs

The banner headline on Monday morning read, “Gov. Lee, top Republicans celebrate failed UAW bid to unionize Volkswagen,” and that’s the second-worst thing that the headline could have said. The worst, of course, is if the UAW had won, and the Detroit-based union that lost 35,000 members last year would be revived -- breaking a hole into the tight wall of foreign-owned auto assembly ... (click for more)