Nearly 1,500 chefs will meet at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, 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 7th Annual World Food Championships (WFC) will be Teresa Cardin, who won the title of Grand Champion at the Grand Tasting, part of the Texas Super Chef Throwdown sponsored by the WFC in Port Aransas on October 6. Cardin will be representing Texas at the 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, 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!” 

Competitors will cook food on-site during the timed events that include preparation speed, specialty recipes, presentation and the ultimate taste test for E.A.T™ certified Food Sport judges. The categories include Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Chicken, Chili, Dessert, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. Competitor Teresa Cardin from Stephenville will be competing in the Seafood category.  

This marks the 4th time that Cardin has competed at the World Food Championships. Her best finish came in 2014, when she took home 5th place in the Seafood category.

“It’s such an honor to be representing Texas,” said Cardin.

McCloud also noted that cooking is not the only opportunity for participation at WFC. Those interested in volunteering or learning how to become an E.A.T.™ certified Food Sport judge can learn more at

“Our competition offers opportunities for people to watch celebrity chefs, attend fantastic demonstrations, see the latest cooking appliances and trends, and taste award-winning dishes through our VIP program,” he observed, adding that there will almost 30,000 foodies who visit Orange Beach for the Nov. 7-11 event.