2012 World Food Championships ~ Bally’s, Las Vegas

2012 World Food Championships ~ Bally’s, Las Vegas

The World Food Championships is an annual high stakes four day food competition that takes place in Las Vegas.  During the preliminary rounds, the panel of judges decide which contestants qualify to move on to the next round, by placing them in the top ten of each competition food category. Category finalists compete at a final table event till one solitary victor is crowned. Because this event takes place in Las Vegas, it is a grand scale production that draws thousands of interested foodies from around the globe!  

The 2012 World Food Championship was hosted by Caesars Entertainment. The events took place at both the Bally’s Casino Resort and Caesar’s Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.  This prime real estate site actually is where world’s busiest intersection is located, which is the crossroads of Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard.  Every restaurateur wishes for a prime business location like this!  

The World Food Championship could not have picked a busier location, but even so, there was no huge crowd gathered all at one time to see the preliminary rounds. However, there was a steady flow of interested onlookers.  A steady flow of customers is never a bad thing in the food business!  

The top ten food competitors that I met did not seem fatigued by the constant barrage of questions from the spectators.  The competitors were energetic and very upbeat.  A good positive energetic attitude is a good asset to have when participating in a food competition, since the judges observe the composure of the competitors, as well as the food!

At the time of my visit, most of the competitors that did not make the final cut had already packed up their gear and left the scene. There were many empty spaces between those who made the top ten cut in each food category.  Some of the final competitors were located in front of Bally’s by the Strip and the remnants of the BBQ Championship competitors could be found near the open area behind the casino all the way back by Koval Street, where the Ellis Island Casino is located.  

Because of the distance involved with walking the World Food Championship grounds, it made for a great opportunity to burn off some calories and get some exercise.  All that walking has a way of creating some powerful hunger and many of the competitors had food for sale or to sample.  

I was attending college at Le Cordon Bleu School Of Culinary Arts at the time that I photographed the 20012 World Food Championships and a few of the classroom instructors made the top ten list of competitors in the sandwich category, so I stuck around to see what kind of inventive food concoctions they were up to.  We all had fun chatting and we exchanged some cool sandwich ideas before I moved on, so they could concentrate on the competitive task at hand.

As it was, anybody that made the top ten in a category received a nice tidy sum of money as a prize.  Those who won first prize in their respective food categories were qualified to be sat at the final table event.  The contestants at the final table were then judged in order to determine the number one World Food Champion.  The top prize for winning the 2012 World Food Championships final showdown was $50,000, which is pretty good for just inventing a tasty recipe!

The World Food Championships was a great easy going food competition that was fun to attend!  I highly suggest checking out this world class foodie event if you happen to be in town while it is all going on. Admission to the preliminary rounds is free, while tickets for the final table competition are sold for average prices.  The World Food Championships is a Las Vegas foodie event that you simply do not want to miss! 


Author: wildwestdestinations

I worked as a chef in remote resorts and National Parks, which provided the time to explore western travel destinations. I have a BA Degree in Culinary Management with high honors and currently I am working on a Masters Degree in Adult Education. My food and travel blog writing began as a means to generate income during college and now photo journalism has become my lifestyle.

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