Kissimmee named location for World Food Championships 2015

wfc-main-logoKissimmee was named the host city for the 2015 World Food Championship, a cooking competition that was previously held in Nevada.

"After three years in Las Vegas, we saw an opportunity to move our competition to a destination that affords us a chance to realize our vision of expanding and evolving our overall food experience," said Mike McCloud, president and chief executive officer of the World Food Championship in a news release.

The event will take place between Nov. 3-10. It is expected to draw 500 cooks, 400 judges and 600 volunteers who will be part of the event.
In the competition, which is in its fourth year, professional chefs from around the world compete against home cooks for $300,000 in cash prizes. The grand prize up for grabs is $100,000.

Categories in this year's competition:

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
WORLD CHEF CHALLENGE

Those who automatically qualify for the event, chefs who win certain cooking competitions throughout the year, will be announced over the next several months. 


Kissimmee tourism leaders think the event will help brand the region as a culinary destination.
"The World Food Championships offers opportunities for people to watch celebrity chef competitions, demonstrations, to look at the latest cooking appliances and to become part of a fun foodie travel experience," said Experience Kissimmee Chief Executive Officer DT Minich.

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