Sunday, November 10, 2013

2013 World Food Championships - Fremont Street, Las Vegas!



     The slide show above features many of the 2013 World Food Championship events that took place Saturday afternoon!

     The World Food Championship is currently taking place on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.  The event was scheduled November 7th through the 10th.  Food fans in Las Vegas still have a chance to see the final round of the competition today, when the finalists compete for top prize awards!
     The World Food Championship venue consists of competitive events in practically every food category.  Some of the featured events that took place Saturday afternoon were the World BBQ Championship, World Chili Cook Off and the World's Best Recipe Competition.  There were intense "Food Fight" events happening on the Fremont Street Experience stages.  The Food Fights featured dueling chefs competing head to head for top honors.
   
     Bacon was the word of the day!  Every event that featured a bacon recipe competition drew large crowds of bacon fans.  Wright Brand has been in the bacon business since 1922 and this company sponsored many bacon cooking demonstrations.  Bacon fanatic spectators were all over the opportunity to taste the freshly cooked bacon samples.
     One of the Wright Brand cooking demonstration tents that drew plenty of attention was operated by fellow students and faculty from Le Cordon Bleu of Las Vegas.  Being one of the alumni of this culinary arts college does have its benefits.  After showing my student ID card, I was allowed to photograph the action that took place in the Ultimate Bacon Experience event tent.
     The news media and television network crews were doing their Ultimate Bacon Experience chef interviews, while chowing down on every tasting sample in sight!  The Le Cordon Bleu team offered food creations that were practically irresistible.  Brownies, Blondies and Hickory Smoked Bacon Bread Pudding were some of the popular offerings.  The hickory smoked bacon gave the bread pudding a nice aromatic savory flavor.  After tasting the Hickory Smoked Bacon Bread Pudding, my first thought was that this unique creation could potentially cause severe bacon addiction.  To be honest, bacon addiction is an accurate description, because every taste tester in the Ultimate Bacon Experience tent was asking for seconds and thirds!  The Le Cordon Bleu -Write Brand "Ultimate Bacon Experience" definitely took top billing at the World Food Championship!

     After regaining serenity and overcoming the bacon addiction, checking out the Chili World Championship and BBQ World Championship was next on the agenda.  Competitors from coast to coast set up shop, with the hope of landing the top awards.  Chili cook off competitors are an eccentric breed of people who really know how to put on a show.  There was no shortage of spicy entertainment in the chili cook area, but there was an intentional shortage of beans.  Nearly every chili champ will proudly say that great chili is made with meat and beans are really nothing more than an optional additive.  There was not one bean in sight at this event!
     Barbecue competitors sure can have some fierce intimidating looks and the slideshow photographs of the BBQ World Championship certainly demonstrate this fact.  There were some seriously big and tough "Good Old Boys" competing for first place honors.  Some of the funniest slogans and signs can be seen where BBQ competitors set up their shops.  I have been involved with pro BBQ Rib Tour teams in the past and I can vouch for how crazy BBQ folks can be.  Sampling the BBQ at the World Food Championship was one of the highlights of this sunny afternoon in Las Vegas. 

     Sponsors and vendors are an important part of any organized food competition event.  From one end of Fremont Street to the other, plenty of culinary eye candy could be seen in the vendor tents at the World Food Championships.  Most of the wares, products and services that were marketed by vendors can be seen in the World Food Championship slide show above.
     Interaction with vendors is important for executive chefs to do.  I made a point to chat with vendors, so that I could gather more details about the products that were being marketed.  Many of these products just might interest viewers.  Here is a list of some interesting vendor and sponsor hyperlinks that I gathered at the event:

2013 World Food Championships
Le Cordon Bleu
Wright Brand - Bacon & Sausage
Sam's Club
Chili Rocks
Cookina - Non Stick Baking Sheets
Maple Leaf Farms Duck
Dole - Fruit Products
• National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Bar Magazine
Grillbot - Automatic Robot Grill Cleaner
Hammer Stahl Cutlery
Galaxy Outdoor - Custom Kitchens
Kansas City Barbeque Society
The Beef Jerky Store
• The American Grill Master Experience
   
     The World Food Championships provide good entertainment for people of all ages.  Overall, I really had a good time at this event yesterday.  The final rounds of the competition are going on today and the sunny 70º weather looks like it will continue.
     I highly recommend attending the World Food Championships in person!  For those who are not able to be in Las Vegas this weekend, information about the television coverage is available at the World Food Championships website or at their Facbook page.  Yum!  ...  Shawna

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