Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Apr 11 2017

World Food Championships announces Alabama “Cook Your Way to the Beach” recipe contest

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Kay Maghan • Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism
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Winners get Golden Ticket to compete in November championships in Orange Beach

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Alabama home cooks and professional chefs have a chance to showcase their favorite Gulf seafood dish on a world stage with World Food Championships’ (WFC) Alabama “Cook Your Way to the Beach” recipe contest. All recipes must be original, focus on Gulf seafood, not be copied or reproduced from a published cookbook, and the contest is open to Alabama residents only.

“Most competitors who come to the World Food Championships have won some of the biggest and best food competitions across the country,” says Joanie Flynn, vice president of marketing for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, which is helping promote the contest. “The Cook Your Way to the Beach contest allows our own Alabama chefs – whether they work in a restaurant or just love to cook at home – to have the chance to go up against people from all around the U.S. and the world. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase both our fabulous Gulf seafood and the fantastic culinary talent here in our own state.”

The “Cook Your Way to the Beach” recipe contest runs April 21 through May 1, and all recipes must be submitted online via the World Food Championships Facebook page at  (@WorldFoodChampionships on Facebook). Five winners will be chosen by the World Food Championships Ambassador Council via a blind judging process. The recipe Grand Champion will receive a Golden Ticket to compete in the World Seafood Championship as well as have entry fees waived and receive a $500 travel stipend. The other four winners will receive a Golden Ticket to compete in the World Seafood Championship. Winners will be announced around May 15.

World Food Championships, the largest food sport event in the world, returns Nov. 8-12 to The Wharf in Orange Beach. This is the annual event’s sixth year and second on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Last year saw more than 400 competitors – home cooks to highly-acclaimed restaurant chefs – from 48 states and 14 countries battling it out in the world’s largest outdoor kitchen.

For more information on World Food Championships, visit, and for more information on this family beach destination, visit and


Caption: Gulf shrimp were the focal point of many dishes in the 2016 World Seafood Championship.
Credit: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism 

Caption: Chef John Hamme of Coast Restaurant in Gulf Shores plates up his culinary creation at the 2016 World Food Championships.
Credit: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

About Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism:

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism serves as the official destination marketing organization for the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in addition to the unincorporated area of Fort Morgan. To learn more about the whole different state of discovery on Alabama’s 32 miles of white-sand beaches, visit either or This convention and visitors bureau is an accredited Destination Marketing Organization (2012-2016).

About World Food Championships:

The World Food Championships ( features hundreds of competitors seeking food, fame and fortune. The sixth annual event, scheduled for Nov. 8-12, 2017 at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala., 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. Follow World Food Championshipos on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), and on Facebook and Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships).

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