Eight chefs from South Mississippi will compete in the World Food Championships from Wednesday through Sunday at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Since its debut in 2012, the event has helped launch the careers of 30 TV food stars. Chefs from 45 states and 20 countries will compete for $300,000 in cash and prizes.
Local contestants are:
▪ BJ Creswell from Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville, competing in the World Chef Challenge
▪ Kristian Wade, head chef at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, competing in the World Chef Challenge
▪ Justin Kittle of Long Beach, head chef at Hollywood Gulf Coast Casino, Bay St. Louis, competing in the World Chef Challenge
▪ David Crabtree of Saucier, executive chef at Beach Boulevard Steamer at Island View Casino, Gulfport, competing in the World Seafood Championship
▪ Jean-Paul Lavallee of Pass Christian, head cook at Oak Crest Mansion Inn, Competing in World Recipe Championship
▪ Demetrio Marquez of Ocean Springs, New Orleans divisional corporate chef at Reinhart Foodservice, competing in the World Burger Championship
▪ Calvin McCoy, chef de cuisine at CQ at Treasure Bay Casino, Biloxi, competing in the World Open Chili Championship
▪ Darin O’Neal of Lucedale, head cook at Smoking O’s, competing in the World Barbecue Championship
▪ The Shed will be competing in KCBS and IBCA BBQ competitions which include brisket, ribs, shoulder and chicken, and co-owners Brad Orrison and Brooke Orrison Lewis will be announcing the winners of the bacon competition.
Admission to most events is free, although there is a charge Friday through Sunday for the food trucks and a $5 fee for the Tasting Village, which features samples from local, regional and national food brands such ast The Shed’s sauces and marinades.
Opening round competitions are on Friday and Saturday and the Top 10 Rounds are on Saturday and Sunday.