News Releases from Canadian Food ChampionshipsFollow the road to the Team Canada Selection for World Food Championships

Edmonton, AB — For the second year in a row, Canadians were well represented at the recent World Food Championships, with teams taking home second place wins in three of nine categories, and five teams progressing into their top ten rounds.

This year, the Canadian Food Championships sent 19 qualifying teams to compete at the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. They met up with two independent teams to represent Canada at the cooking competition with hundreds of competitors from around the world, competing for the $100,000 grand prize.

“We’re so happy with how the Team Canada performed, and grateful to be able to give Canadians the chance to compete at the WFC,” said Paul Lucas, Canadian Food Championships. “Team Canada did us proud once again.”

“CFC provides a platform for anyone with a passion for cooking—from the home cook to the professional chef—the opportunity to compete at an international level,” Milena Santoro, Events Edmonton board member and Chair of the Canadian Food Championships said. “I really enjoyed seeing the camaraderie amongst the competitors; although they competed individually, together they are a team.”

The competition heats up with preliminary rounds in nine categories (bacon, BBQ, burger, chili, dessert, recipe, steak, sandwich, and seafood), with the top 10 advancing to the finals. First place winners in each category win $10,000 and move on to compete at the Final Table, where the winners take $100,000.

Final results for Canadian teams:

Category Competitors Category place finish
Bacon Russell Bird (The Promo Addict) Sherwood Park, AB
Curtis Christianson (Northside Lethbridge Dodge) Shaughnessy, AB
Burger Rusty Johnson (Rusty’s BBQ) Port Moody, BC
Erin Mueller (Naina’s – Alberta Burger Festival) Calgary, AB
Chili Wayne Shymko (Badazz BBQ) Winnipeg, MB
Anne Meneer (Afterburn) Kleefeld, MB
Robert Kewly (Down Home Cooking) Kleefeld, MB
Dessert Jocelyn Bird (You Need a Dessert) Sherwood Park, AB
Kirk Bueckert (Solstice Seasonal Cuisine) Edmonton, AB
Recipe Mike Callaghan (Team Canada) Toronto, ON 2
Sandwich Shannon Minor (El Cortez) Edmonton, AB
Odessa Larmand (Team NCF) Edmonton, AB
Seafood Jesse Woodland (Chartier) Beaumont, AB
Andrea Rossi (Porta Romana) Spruce Grove, AB
Steak Lindsay Porter (El Cortez) Edmonton, AB
Dan White (Promo Addict) Sherwood Park, AB
Stephen Perrin (Substance Food Group) Toronto, ON
BBQ Manny Mavroudis (Skara Old School BBQ) East Laval, QC
Benjamin Katzman (Rusty’s Smoke) East Blue Mountains, ON
Russell & Janice Smella (Smella Que) West Calgary, AB
Wayne Fettback (Mad Cow BBQ) West Langley, BC
Results not available


About the Canadian Food Championships

The Canadian Food Championships is a high energy, high intensity, timed, double-blind judged cooking competition open to any Canadian resident with prizes valued at over $50,000. It is the only Canadian qualifying event for the World Food Championships, with up to $100,000 to be won. The 2017 Canadian Food Championships are July 21-23 at Churchill Square, in conjunction with Taste of Edmonton.

About the World Food Championships

The World Food Championships features hundreds of competitors seeking food fame and fortune. This event invites champions from the biggest and best food competitions around the world into a single high-stakes culinary showdown for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.