The World Food Championships will host its first-ever Super Regional qualifying competition in Nashville, Tenn. this fall.
On Sept. 5-6, the Music City Cookoff, presented by Goo Goo Cluster, will bring cooks and chefs to the Taste of Tennessee Festival at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to battle it out on Kenmore appliances where 10 competitors will earn their way to the World Food Championships main event in Las Vegas.
The Music City Cookoff will feature up to 60 home cooks, chefs, restaurateurs and anyone with a knack for cooking, facing-off in one of the three culinary competitions: Cheese, Seafood and Dessert.
Similar to the championship in Las Vegas, contestants will be forced to compete against nature, a clock, and a field of talented cooks from all walks of life.
"Music City will be rocking when this culinary championship kicks off in September," says Kari Karch, executive chef at Kenmore and host of the WFC Super Regionals. "I can't wait to see what culinary delights the competitors dream up for this competition."
Competitors in the dessert category will be competing in a special Goo Goo Cluster-themed contest, featuring the Tennessee-based confection.
"This event is particularly special to us as the heartbeat and operations of the World Food Championships exists in Nashville," says Mike McCloud, president of the World Food Championships. "We are fully aware of the burgeoning culinary destination that Nashville is becoming, and are excited to see what kind of hometown delights will be going on to compete in the ultimate food fight in Las Vegas."
Registration for the Music City Cookoff will open soon at www.worldfoodchampionships.com/super-regionals.
Those looking to catch a glimpse of the food frenzy, can tune into the WFC's reality TV show, which began airing July 10 on A+E Networks' new FYI network. The show features "joes" and "pros" from the 2013 event as they battle it out for bragging rights and hundreds of thousands of dollars over six episodes.
In 2014, the World Food Championships, which will feature a $100,000 grand prize this year, will take place in downtown Las Vegas, Nov. 12-18. Following a tournament-style format with almost 500 competitors, the WFC main event will consist of nine food categories — BBQ, chili, burger, sandwich, recipe, dessert, bacon, pasta and seafood. To compete in the event, competitors have to win an automatic qualifying event or earn a spot through the Super Regionals.