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General

What is the Canadian Food Championships (CFC)?

A high energy, high intensity, timed, double blind judged cooking competition open to any Canadian Resident. The Canadian Food Championships is the exclusive qualifying event to go to the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. The CFC will take place in conjunction with Taste of Edmonton.

What are the dates of the competition ?

The CFC will take place from July 21 to July 23, 2017 in Churchill Square, Downtown Edmonton, Alberta. For a detailed schedule of each category click here.

How can I get involved at the CFC?

You can become part of this exciting event as a competitor, as a judge or as a volunteer. All three opportunities are open to any Canadian Residents.

Can I get involved in more than one role?

Absolutely. You can pick a combination of any of the above roles, competingjudging (not in the same category) and volunteering.

What is the admission to the CFC?

As a spectator there is no admission to the CFC. Come down and watch to see who will win and be a part of Team Canada at the World Food Championships. It is a short walk from Taste of Edmonton to the CFC.

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Competing

Who can compete at the CFC?

Anyone can compete. If you are a trained chef, a home cook or a foodie, the competition is open to all Canadian residents. For detailed information click here.

What are the categories?

  • Bacon
  • Burger
  • Dessert
  • Steak
  • Sandwich
  • Seafood
  • Chicken

How do I compete in the Canadian Food Championships?

There are many Automatic and Preferred Qualifying Events throughout Canada where you can earn your way to the CFC through or you can apply for a Wild Card Entry and cross your fingers!

Is there an entry fee to compete?

There is a $100 +gst entry fee to compete in the CFC. You can receive benefits for signing up as a volunteer and taking one volunteer shift, please contact Anita Kelm for more information. Winning a Preferred Qualifier will gain you free entry into the CFC.

Judging

Do I need to have previous judging experience?

No. Of course, we will aim to find the most qualified judges possible. Therefore make sure to send us all relevant information why you think you are the right person for the job. However, no prerequisites are required. You will attend a crash course on the morning of your judging day. In addition, prior to the event you even get the opportunity to sign up for a full day judging course which will automatically license you apply to judge at the World Food Championships.

Can I judge in more than one category?

Yes. As long as there is no conflict in the schedule you can chose between several categories. To see the schedules click here.

Do I have to pay to be a judge?

No, you will be given instructions on EAT Methodology at the beginning of your judging shift. If you choose to take the EAT Methodology course, you will pay $100 +GST for the one-day course which certifies you to the EAT scoring method of the World Food Championship. Taking this course allows you to judge at any World Food Championships or Qualifying event to the World Food Championships.

What happens after I submit my application?

Events Edmonton will contact you and send you a confirmation with the details.

Is there a minimum age to be able to judge?

You must be at least 18 years old to judge at the Canadian Food Championships and 21 to judge at the World Food Championships.

Volunteering

What are the different areas that I can volunteer for?

There are several areas that you can get involved with from info booth, to set up and tear down. For detailed task descriptions click here

What happens after I send my application?

Events Edmonton will contact you to confirm the date(s), time(s) and area(s) you will be volunteering. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences. You will be invited to a Meet & Greet for new volunteers and a mandatory orientation shortly before the Event.

Can minors volunteer too?

Absolutely and we encourage this! Minors between the ages of 12 to 14 will be required to volunteer together with an adult or guardian and only in certain areas. Minors from 15 to 17 will require a written consent of their parent to volunteer. 

Can I compete as well?

Yes, as long as there is no conflict in your schedule. Receive benefits if you volunteer for at least one shift at the CFC! Please contact Anita Kelm for more information.