World Food Championships 2015 Winner Announced!
It was pretty hot in Florida and I'm not only talking about the weather. Our Just A Pinch home cooks were on fire! I'm heading home but wanted to quickly share some highlights with you. I'll share my pictures soon.
The World Food Championships kicked-off with a blogger competition. Paula Todora placed 8th and Rebecka Evans got 1st place. What a way to start the competition!
Live demonstrations were happening during the day. I was able to catch one on gluten-free cooking by member Linda Bonwill. She rocked!
Opening rounds of cooking started and our team was ready to impress!
Cindy Taffel made it to the Seafood Top 10. She was in 1st place after day 1 of competition. Her sister Jodi (and fellow Just Pinch member) was helping her in the kitchen.
Nancy Judd also made it to the Seafood Top 10. She placed 7th - go Nancy!
Paula Todora made sure her plate was perfect before she turned it into the judges. It paid off... she's in the Dessert Top 10. Paula's in 5th place after the first round.
Juliana Evans had her mom helping her in the kitchen. They were a great pair... Juliana made it the Dessert Top 10 placing 9th.
Rebecka Evans double checked her game plan before cooking began. She made the Bacon Top 10 finishing 8th.
Thanks to her second recipe, Lori McLain took 10th place in the opening round of Fresh.
When the Top 10 winners were announced, I spotted a few Pinchers members up on the stage. Congrats to V Seward (Fresh) and Donna Bardocz (Dessert).
Ann Jones added the final touches to her Pasta recipe. She made the Top 10 finishing 6th.
Alex Callegari made it through the first Pasta round finishing 8th. He had fellow Just A Pinch member Sherri Williams helping him in the kitchen.
Darci Bos was calm and collected. She finished the first day of Chili in 6th place!
During the Top 10 round, Paula Todora turned in quite the dessert. It earned her 2nd place and $1,500.
We have a Seafood Champion! Cindy Taffel took 1st place in the Seafood category, earned a spot at the Final Table and won $10,000!
Paula Todora was chosen to compete in the Kansas City Steak Challenge. She presented a beautiful dish!
Alex Callegari was also randomly chosen to compete in the Kansas City Steak Challenge. He came in 2nd place and won $1,000!
Darci Bos came in 5th in the Chili competition. She's the first Just A Pinch competitor to place in the Chili Top 10. Congrats Darci!
Cindy Taffel proved that home cooks rule. She created a wonderful Final Table dish and came in 7th. Yay Cindy!
I loved to spend time with everyone this week. We had someone back at the final table this year, which added to the excitement. In total, the Just A Pinch team earned $13,000! Make sure to leave a comment below and let our competitors know how proud of them you are too.
And the winners are...
These home cooks will be cookin' with the pros at the 2015 World Food Championships in Kissimmee, FL. These talented guys and gals may leave Kissimmee with some serious bragging rights... and $100,000 in prize money!
Ultimate Maple-Bacon Bourbon Cream Sandwich
Linda Dalton - Stoughton, MA
Grilled Pineapple and Bacon Blue Cheese Bruschetta
Rebecka Evans - Danville, CA*
Dutch Apple Baby with Blackberry Hoisin Bacon
George Levinthal - Goleta, CA*
Slaw-Tastic Smokey Cheeseburger
Garlic Aioli Avocado Mango Salsa Burger
Tara Waites - Dallas, TX
BBQ Bacon Cheese Burger w/Chipotle Mayo
Barbara Hahn - Park Hills, MO*
Texas Style Eggplant Chili
Darci Bos - Lebanon, TN*
"Three Amigos Chili"
Backwoods Surf-n-Turf Andouille and Alligator Chili
Praline Bananas Foster Cakelettes
Trish Morris - Pahrump, NV
Lemon Ginger Crunch Parfait
Debbie Reid - Clearwater, FL*
Scallops with Zucchini & Sun-dried Tomato Linguine
Lori McLain - Denton, TX*
Yellow Polka Dot Zucchini Side
Alex Callegari - Miami, FL*
Pasta and Pancetta and Peas in a Gorgonzola Sauce
Ann Jones - Geneva, IL*
Decadent Shrimp and Bacon Mac and Cheese
Jackie Mento - The Villages, FL*
Smokin' Turkey Melt with Red Orange Marmalade
Noelle Myers - North Dakota
Jacked Up Mac and 'Que
Cindy Taffel - Pompano Beach, FL*
Kantishna Delishna Southern Seafood Chowder
Mary Edwards - Long Beach, CA*
Thai Lobster Waldorf Salad
Automatic Qualifiers.These home cooks did so well at past World Food Championships, they were automatically invited back!
Dessert: Paula Todora - Keller, TX*
Fresh: Carol White - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fresh: Jodi Taffel*
Seafood: Nancy Judd - Alpine, UT*
*Competing in Kissimmee
We were inundated with delicious entries in the Just A Pinch World Food Championship contest and it was very hard to narrow down the entries. It's pretty clear that ALL of you home cooks have some serious cooking chops!
Leave a comment below to wish the competitors good luck in Florida!