Food Competition

This event is a Preferred Qualifier for the World Food Championships (WFC), the largest and highly-renowned food competition for chefs. The winner of the Chef Category at this event will receive one golden ticket to compete at the 2018 World Food Championships.

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This event anticipates 30-40 top regional chefs to compete, and showcase their cooking talents at the event by competing and serving at this event.

This event requests professionals to sell their food to the attendees in two ways: (1) a bite-size menu item(s); and (2) entrée size menu item(s). 

Food vendors must hold a license with the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations as a mobile food vendor or licensed restaurant in good standing. Competitors are required to prepare on-site in a tent or food truck. This is not a venue for packaged foods or reselling of commercially-made food items.

Official Judges

The Taste welcomes top chef and local bloggers to judge the competition.

Josee Chef Coat

Josee Lanzi
Judge 2016, 2017 & 2018
Chef and Blogger - Off the Hook and on the Plate


Jason-Mayhew
Jason Mayhew
Judge 2016, 2017 & 2018
Entertainment and Food Blogger - Orlando Fun & Food

Debbie Reid
Debbie Reid
Judge 2017 & 2018
Food Blogger - Debbie's Cooking Addiction


Jessie Scott
Jessie Ianotti Scott
Judge 2017 & 2018
Food and Beverage Expert

About the World Food Championships

The World Food Championships is the largest competition in Food Sport, where grand champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. 

The World Food Championships is also the springboard for many up and coming culinary stars and home cooks as they seek TV fame through many well-known food shows and acting opportunities. Since its debut in 2012, WFC has given birth to 30 TV food stars, awarded more than $1.5 million in prize money, garnered more than 5.7 billion media impressions, and connected 150+ food brands with food fans, food bloggers, and food media. In short, it has given birth to “Food Sport” by providing a level playing field, a fair judging system, a creative culinary fest, and a process that allows the culinary elite to show their chops and earn the respect they deserve.

Prepare for Presentation

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