Food Competition

World Food Championship Qualifier

This event is a food and beer festival with a culinary competition for those restaurants and food trucks that participate in the Taste event. New in 2017, this event is a qualifier for the World Food Championships,

Our Judge Chef Josee has two golden tickets to award at the Taste. The Golden Tickets provides a chef with a chance to compete at the largest food competition in the world-- World Food Championship™. This is huge!

The Taste has over a decade of history as a foodie event in Inverness. It continues to blossom each year with new additions from art, music, expanded hours and inviting restaurants and food trucks from the region to compete.

Official Judges

Josee Chef Coat
Josee Lanzi
Judge 2016 & 2017
Chef and Blogger - Off the Hook and on the Plate

Jason Mayhew
Judge 2016 & 2017
Entertainment and Food Blogger - Orlando Fun & Food

Debbie Reid
Debbie Reid
Judge 2017
Food Blogger - Debbie's Cooking Addiction

Jessie Scott
Jessie Ianotti Scott
Judge 2017
Food and Beverage Expert

Categories for Judging at the Taste

  • Barbecue                     
  • Chicken          
  • Sandwich                    
  • Steak                           
  • Seafood
  • Desserts
Local Categories
(not part of the Golden Ticket and WFC)


Be on time. Be prepared to share information such as your restaurant name, why you chose this category, dish name and highlights about your dish. You will want to bring four small tasting plates over for judging. Additionally, you will present the judges with a plate or decorated platter for pictures. That platter will not be eaten and the chef may take that presentation item back with them. You and your dishes will be photographed by the judges, attendees, and hired photographers. Feel free to wear your chef coat or restaurant t-shirt. Look sharp and remember to smile. The city will provide flatware and water for the judges. The chef provides the food and serve ware. The chef may collect their serve ware once the judges have completed judging of their entry.

The Taste Document Hub for Chefs

2017 Documents
2017 Scores - Who Won What

Official Competitor Packet for the Taste
Vendor Application (note hours and requirements have changed)
Judging Schedule (competitors may opt-in the day of, please check with Judges Pavilion first)

2016 Documents
2016 Restaurant Scores 

Judging Schedule3