Inaugural World Food Championships Wants Your Input

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Do you like to eat? Are you opinionated? Do you like to share said opinions? Then the World Food Championships is looking for you! Nominations are sought for the World Chef Challenge, in which 48 chefs will put their culinary chops to the test for a piece of the $50,000 prize purse and serious bragging rights.

The event will be held in Las Vegas Nov. 1-4, (Food? Vegas? You know I'll be there), and in addition to the Chef Challenge, it will feature competitions to crown the best in barbecue, chili, burgers, side dishes and sandwiches. Contestants qualify for the WFC by winning any of multiple qualifying competitions throughout the year, and the winners of the various categories will come together to present one perfect bite for judges at "The Final Table" for a piece of $75,000 in prize money. The judging panel will be headed by celebrity gourmand Adam Richman, who will also serve as the host of the entire weekend.

Here are the details for the Chef Challenge:

Imagine some of the world’s greatest trained chefs gathering in one place to show off their culinary talent — in a competition-style, LIVE head-to-head event! Sound appetizing? We thought so! That's why the World Food Championships will feature a World Chef Challenge, pitting 48 great chefs in a skills, recipe and taste challenge unlike anyone's ever seen as they battle it out for their share of $50,000. At the end of the day, the winning chef will also win a seat at the WFC Final Table for a winner-take-all $75,000 as they try to impress a panel of celebrity judges with their ultimate dish of deliciousness!

Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012
Location: Competition Square

Prize Purse: $50,000

Payout Rounds — Chefs who advance to each round will receive the following payout per round:

Round of 16 - $1,000 each
Final 4 - $5,000 each
Runner Up - $4,000
Champion - $10,000

So who would you nominate from Nashville? Who represents the essence of our fair burg's cuisine? Let us know in the comments, but above all else, contribute your suggestions here. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 1, so chop chop!

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