World Food Championships selects coastal locale for 2016 event

 selects coastal locale for 2016 eventNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The World Food Championships is going coastal for the first time and moving the 2016 Ultimate Food Fight to Orange Beach, Ala. As part of the event, Bull Outdoor Products will be providing $100,000 worth of professional grills for open-flame grilling.

Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, WFC will be held Nov. 8-15 at The Wharf, a resort destination with a full-service marina, retail, dining and entertainment options anchored by a multi-use event center and a 10,000-seat amphitheater.

"The World Food Championship is a great fit for the Alabama Gulf Coast, and we know competitors and visitors will enjoy their experience," said Herb Malone, president and CEO, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism.

The majority of WFC’s Food Fight events will occur in the Kenmore Kitchen Arena, the largest outdoor kitchen in the world, measuring a full city block. The space will feature $250,000 worth of Kenmore branded stoves, cooktops, countertops and cookware, along with the grills from Bull Outdoor – enough for 50 contestants to cook simultaneously.

"This is a multi-year deal that gives us the ability to plan our growth strategically and confidently,"said World Food Championships’ CEO Mike McCloud. "We will now be able to expand WFC on many fronts, including a Global Tasting Village, a chef-driven Culinary Fight Club and Food Champ Judging classes that feature the EAT methodology for scoring competition food.”

This year's tournament is expected to include more than 1,200 competitors representing 400 teams from 20 countries and 45 states, all vying for part of the $350,000 prize purse and its $100,000 grand prize.

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