How the Event Works
Battle it out with some of the area’s best chefs for a chance to win best dish in 1 of 4 categories-Best Soup, Best Appetizer, Best Entree, and Best Dessert. One lucky participant will win the People’s Choice Award and the chance to participate in the World Food Championships* for having the best dish for the evening.
This year’s Florida Chef Challenge will take place on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Resource Center in Pensacola, Florida, from 6-9 p.m.
Hundreds of attendees will sample your dish and vote for their favorite in each category. You have the chance to showcase your restaurant while giving back to those in need along the Florida Panhandle. This event brings in funds to help us feed thousands of Florida families in need.
Your business will be listed on our website and promoted through social media, radio/tv, and email marketing leading up to the event. There are also limited media spots available.
What is Required?
- You will need to provide tastings of a signature dish for 300 guests.
- Chefs are responsible for providing all disposable serving ware (plates, napkins, etc.) and utensils.
- Feeding the Gulf Coast will provide each chef with two tables and linens.
- Completed MOA. Space is limited so please inquire as soon as possible to reserve your spot. We need to know your final dish by August 18, 2017.
All proceeds from our Florida Chef Challenge event are used to help those in need within our 7-county service area in Florida.
World Food Championships Qualifying Event
We are pleased to introduce a new feature to the Feeding the Gulf Coast Chef Challenge – The C Spire Grand Champion Award. All participating chefs are invited to enter their prepared dish in a Judged Competition taking place at the same time as the Chef Challenge. A select panel of WFC Certified Judges will evaluate and score each entry independently using the World Food Championships EAT™ methodology. This scoring system allows each entry to be judged consistently using three key criteria: Execution, Appearance and Taste. The chef who presents the single “best” dish will earn bragging rights across three Gulf Coast states and be awarded an enhanced Golden Ticket entry to the 2017 World Food Championships which includes a paid registration and a $1000 expense stipend. In addition to the bragging rights and paid entry, the Grand Champion and all Peoples Choice winners will be featured in the Fall issue of Alabama Coasting Magazine (both print and digital versions).
The winning entry – having received the highest final point score – will be announced at the end of each of the three Chef Challenge events. The actual score will remain secret until the conclusion of all events and will be announced at C Spire Grand Champion Press Conference in late September.
Join Us as Chef Participant
Please fill out the form below. Submission of this form does not guarantee you a spot in our event. You will be contacted soon for follow up by Kyle Schoolar. For additional information or questions, please contact Kyle Schoolar at (850) 626-1332 ext. 2104.