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WORLD FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS CROWNS TEN NEW WINNERS AND ANNOUNCES TWO NEW CHANGES After five days of nonstop, high-paced, tournament-style cooking in Orange Beach, Alabama, more than 500 teams from 12 countries and 40+ states were narrowed down to 10 category champions at the 7th Annual World Food Championships (WFC). Each of these champs earned more than $10,000 in cash and prizes and will now battle it out for a $100,000 “dish of a lifetime” in the Spring of 2019 at WFC’s Final Table. For the first time in WFC’s history, the Final Table will be a destination challenge that requires the champions to travel to a great American city and replicate dishes from that city’s heritage to be judged by local celebrity chefs.  The second change is BIG – Mike McCloud, President/CEO of WFC announced that after three years in Orange Beach, the world’s largest food sport event was relocating to Dallas, Texas. “They say everything is bigger in Texas. Our event gets bigger and better each year, and we truly believe that relocating to Texas in 2019 is going to help us expand Food Sport and the WFC enterprise in ways never before possible.” “Our Alabama hosts embraced our competition and provided us with vital support that helped make our event a huge operational and strategic suc- cess over the past three years,” noted McCloud. “We are grateful to the great partnerships we formed with Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism, the City of Orange Beach, the Wharf and all of the additional support from local businesses and members of this beautiful community.” Details and dates of both the Final Table and Main Event will be revealed in the near future. The World Food Championships will continue to have a strong presence in Alabama as dozens of past competitors can qualify again for 2019. In addition, Alabama Coasting has reaffirmed their commitment as the WFC State Partner for Alabama. According to CEO Danny Calametti: “We see our role as even more important going forward. Not only will we be representing WFC and recruiting competitors for WFC Team Alabama, but we’ll also have the honor of promoting our great Alabama culinary culture to Texas and the world.” For more information go to or Bacon World Champion Peter Radjou (Roanoke, Virginia) World Barbecue Champion Oliver Sievers with BBQ Wiesels (Bochum, North Rhine-West- phalia, Germany) World Burger Champion Neil Daniell (Atlanta, Georgia) World Chef Champion Nick Rickman (Marianna, Florida) World Chicken Champion Lidia Haddadian (Pasadena, California) World Open Chili Champion Jacqueline Seavey (Long Beach, Mississippi) World Dessert Champion Greg Buerger (Peoria, Arizona) World Sandwich Champion David Molina (Saint Louis, Missouri) World Seafood Champion Beau Smith (La Marque, Texas) World Steak Champion Robert Mansfi ld (Ringwood, New Jersey) DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - WINTER 2019 41