Food Competition


Calling Top Chefs

The Taste is an elite qualifier for the World Food Championships—the largest food competition in the world! This event has one golden ticket up for grabs in 2019 that will provide the invitation to WFC in Dallas and $500 travel stipend to the chef that scores the highest in the bacon category at the Taste.

2019 Taste Competition Categories

  • Bacon (Golden Ticket)
  • Barbecue
  • Chef
  • Chicken
  • Dessert
  • Sandwich
  • Seafood
  • Steak

In addition to the food competition judging there will also be a popular vote where everyone attending is asked to vote for their personal favorite. This is your time to shine at your station and tell the crowd about your dishes. This popular vote is managed by the Citrus County Supervisor of Elections, and will provide ballots to attendees as they enter the event.

This year, the Taste will have Execution, Appearance and Taste (EAT) trained judges with immense knowledge of food competitions, flavors and cooking in a fast-paced environment. The judging schedule will be provided to the judges and competitors at the event, and all judging will be blind.

For the Taste, Bacon, will be a cut of meat from the pork belly area where traditional bacon is found. How it is smoked, cut and prepared is up to the chef. The biggest thing to consider—will the judges consider it bacon?

This event is covered by the Food Networks, ABC News, CBS Sunday Morning and more. This chef will also have access to top sponsors such as Wal-mart, Lipton, Kitchen Aid, Sysco, Hormel and more. Visit for updates on the 2019 WFC. The latest information indicates the WFC will be in November 2019 in Dallas.

Food vendors must hold a license with the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations as a mobile food vendor or licensed restaurant in good standing. Competitors are required to prepare on-site in a tent or food truck. This is not a venue for packaged foods or reselling of commercially-made food items.

Prepare for Presentation

Be on time. Be prepared to share information such as your restaurant name, why you chose this category, dish name and highlights about your dish. You will want to bring four small tasting plates over for judging. Additionally, you will present the judges with a plate or decorated platter for pictures. That platter will not be eaten and the chef may take that presentation item back with them. You and your dishes will be photographed by the judges, attendees, and hired photographers. Feel free to wear your chef coat or restaurant t-shirt. Look sharp and remember to smile. The city will provide flatware and water for the judges. The chef provides the food and serve ware. The chef may collect their serve ware once the judges have completed judging of their entry.

About the World Food Championships

The World Food Championships is the largest competition in Food Sport, where grand champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. 

The World Food Championships is also the springboard for many up and coming culinary stars and home cooks as they seek TV fame through many well-known food shows and acting opportunities. Since its debut in 2012, WFC has given birth to 30 TV food stars, awarded more than $1.5 million in prize money, garnered more than 5.7 billion media impressions, and connected 150+ food brands with food fans, food bloggers, and food media. In short, it has given birth to “Food Sport” by providing a level playing field, a fair judging system, a creative culinary fest, and a process that allows the culinary elite to show their chops and earn the respect they deserve.