Indianapolis may be best known for hosting the world’s largest outdoor sporting event, the Indianapolis 500, but the city will also host the grand finale of the world’s largest culinary competition. The World Food Championship Final Table will take place in Indianapolis August 8 and 9 with three rounds of competition and one competitor winning the $100,000 grand prize.
Judges for this exciting Food Sport event are being announced as the competition dates of August 8th and 9th are right around the corner. Recent announcements include Terry Tucker, CEO of Maple Leaf Farms, Colt Reichart, one of owners of Red Gold Tomatoes, Alison Keefer, co-owner of Gallery Pastry Shop, Rachanee Teipen, Executive Chef Sysco, Jolene Ketzenberger, Editor of Eat Drink Indy, and Angie Martini, the reigning Indy Sugar Cream Pie Champion. Stay tuned as we round out the panel of judges with more announcements.
After winning the 2019 Indy Burger Battle and competing with Team Indiana in the World Food Championships, Indianapolis Star food writer Liz Biro has highlighted Chef Erin Gillum of Spoke & Steele as one of her 8 chefs to watch in 2020. Erin's distinctly Asian flavors and incredible craft shine through her menu. She competed in the World Sandwich Championships this year in Dallas, her first foray into the world of food sport. Read The Indianapolis Star piece and learn more about Indy chefs worth checking out in the new year.
Team Indiana member Justin Miller of Anthony's Chophouse in Carmel was featured this week by Visit Hamilton County. His restaurant and the trendy 3UP Rooftop Bar above are part of a new wave of dining experiences in Downtown Carmel. If you do take Justin’s cue and slow down, you’ll see that Anthony’s Chophouse offers a fine-dining experience without fine-dining stuffiness. This is in part a product of Justin’s and Anthony’s collective style, but it’s also a reflection of current dining trends John Thomas, Visit Hamilton County Justin was a finalist at the 2019 World Food Championships, finishing in the Top 10 of the World Recipe Championship and automatically qualifying for the 2020 Main Event.