Pork. Duck. Pie.
Could you come up with dishes in those categories worth $100,000?
Ten contestants will be trying to do just that when they compete in the World Food Championships Final Table competition in Indy next week.
Final Table: Indy will take place at the Ivy Tech Culinary Center Aug. 8-9, as 10 culinary champs from across the country compete for the $100,000 prize. Those champs have already won in various categories – from steak to chili to seafood to burgers – but to win the big money in Indy, they’ll have to impress judges with their pork and duck dishes and with an Indiana classic, Hoosier sugar cream pie.
I’m pretty stoked to be one of the judges for that final sugar cream pie category. In fact, I wrote the recipe that contestants will be riffing on as they try to convince the panel that their pie is tops. I can’t wait to see – and taste! – what they come up with!
Although Indiana doesn’t have a competitor in the Final Table round, lots of local chefs are involved in bringing the event to Indy. Chef Carlos Salazar of Lil Dumplings and Rook wrote the pork recipe the contestants will work with in the first round, and chef Greg Hardesty of Studio C will prepare a duck dish that the contestants will have to recreate before heading into that final pie round. They’ll be joined on the judging panels by other local chefs and culinary entrepreneurs, while chefs Craig Baker and Ben Hardy serve as referees.
If it sounds like quite the production, well, it is. In fact, the whole competition will be filmed for a reality program that will air this fall. Now, that will be fun to see!