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World Food Championships launches new qualifier with Lake Murray Country

Lake Murray, SC 11/16/20 - The World Food Championships (WFC) just announced a new partnership with the Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board (RTB) of South Carolina to host a Super Regional qualifying event. It will be held on March 4, 2021.

Through the annual charitable event called “Taste of Lake Murray,” local chefs will be invited to compete for six Golden Tickets. This will earn and them a chance to represent the first-ever Team Lake Murray Country at the 2021 WFC next fall.

“Lake Murray Country makes up parts of metropolitan Columbia, historic Newberry, rural Saluda and the County of Lexington, which is one of the most vibrant and fastest-growing counties in South Carolina,” said Miriam Atria, the President/CEO of Capital City/Lake Murray Country at the announcement for the qualifier Monday afternoon . “This area continues to experience growth in the culinary scene and our regional tourism board wants to encourage and promote our food scene on a national scale through this partnership with WFC. This event will allow us to focus and showcase our regional restaurants/chefs, who have suffered during this pandemic.”

The “Taste of Lake Murray” event will be an intense culinary battle that will allow chefs and restaurants from this area to combat one another in the kitchen to claim their spot on the newest WFC Regional team. The event will be hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Bush River Road in Lexington County. More than 20 chefs are expected to create samples for the event’s 800 patrons.

The World Food Championships (WFC) is the highest stakes food competition in the world. This multi-day, live event culinary competition showcases some of the world's best cooks who compete for food, fame and fortune in 10 categories. In 2019, more than 450 culinary teams from 11 countries and 42 American states competed in WFC’s Main Event. In August, the 10 Category Champs faced-off in the $100,000 challenge that determined a new World Food Champion at The Final Table: Indianapolis.

The competition food categories included in the WFC Golden Ticket process are Bacon, Barbecue, Burgers, Chefs, Desserts, Recipes, Sandwiches, Seafood, Soups and Steaks. Thanks to WFC’s growing state and regional partnerships, the development of competitive teams from a strategic area has continued to grow. This latest team addition for South Carolina will join a robust and experienced group of teams from Alabama, Missouri, Texas, Tennessee, Maryland and Indiana, where the previous Final Table event was held. There, Lidia Haddadian was named the 8th World Food Champion.

“We really look forward to learning more about the cuisine and talent from Lake Murray

Country,” said Mike McCloud, WFC President and CEO. “These strategic qualifiers not

only highlight the great local cuisine from America’s diverse regions, but they end up

giving new groups of chefs and cooks a chance to develop life-long friends at WFC that share the same passion and purpose of food through competition.”

More information on Taste of Lake Murray can be found at To stay up-to-date on all things Food Sport, follow the World Food Championships on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), Facebook and Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships).


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