Bartlett’s Karen Elliott, at right, has a shot at winning thousands in this year’s World Food Championships this week in Orange Beach, Ala. Courtesy photos.

Bartlett resident among cooks competing in world’s largest food sport competition

Bartlett’s Karen Elliott, at right, has a shot at winning thousands in this year’s World Food Championships this week in Orange Beach, Ala. Courtesy photos.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – Nearly 1,500 cooks will meet at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala., this week 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.

Karen Elliott of Bartlett will be cooking up a storm this week in the burger category of the 7th annual World Food Championships.

Among the field of competitors for the 7th Annual World Food Championships (WFC), presented by Walmart, will be 16 teams who will be representing Tennessee at this “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, the 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!”

Last year’s World Food Champion (Lisa Gwatney) and World Burger Champion (Tommy Shive) hailed from the Volunteer State. In addition, Tennessee was one of the first states to enter into a new state partnership agreement with the WFC. This partnership helped unify the qualifying process for cooks and chefs trying to earn their way into the world’s largest Food Sport event.

Competitors will cook on-site during the timed events and face the challenge of preparation speed, specialty recipes, presentation and the ultimate taste test for E.A.T.™ certified judges. The categories include Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Chicken, Chili, Dessert, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. The following competitors from Tennessee will be battling it out on the world’s largest food stage in different WFC categories.

Among them will be Karen Elliott of Bartlett, competing in the burger category.

If any of the Tennessee Food Champs advance to the Top Ten round, they will not only have the chance to take home their respective category title but also will earn a spot to compete at the Final Table for a chance at the title of World Food Champion and a $100,000 payday.

To learn more about the event, visit worldfoodchampionships.com.