Local competitors win Golden Tickets to World Food Championships

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As we continue to count down to the World Food Championships in November, we’re happy to have more local competitors to root for. The WFC recently provided Golden Tickets to the winners of two local food competitions, Zoobilation and the Eastside Games culinary competition.

At this year’s Zoobilation fundraiser at The Indianapolis Zoo on June 14, more than 70 restaurants provided the food for the 5,500 guests who attended the Midwest’s largest black-tie fundraising event. A cadre of judges traversed the zoo to taste all entries, scoring them on taste, visual appeal and creativity.

As the blue ribbon winner in the entrée category, Bibibop Asian Grill took home a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships in November.

At the Eastside Games culinary competition on June 17, local chefs and home cooks competed in a battle that included last-minute curveballs and bonus ingredients, in addition to the theme ingredient of pork loin, provided by Indiana Pork. Judges used the World Food Championship’s E.A.T. methodology that focuses on execution, appearance and taste.

Kan-Kan chef Travis Hitch took first place in the professional chef category and won the competition and a WFC Golden Ticket with his Chinese barbecue pork loin steam bun.

We’re looking forward to cheering on all our Team Indiana competitors in November!

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