Meet The South Carolina Team Selected to Compete at the World Food Championships in Dallas, TX

March 7, 2023

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Columbia, S.C. – Three winning chefs were selected to join “Team Lake Murray Country” at the Taste of Lake Murray (TOLM), the South Carolina Super Regional Qualifier event for the World Food Championships (WFC), on Thursday, March 2.  The competitive culinary team will now represent the Palmetto State at the 11th Annual Ultimate Food Fight, scheduled for Nov. 8-12 in Dallas, Texas.

Since 2021, the TOLM annual 4th of July Celebration fundraiser by Capital City/Lake Murray Country has been the South Carolina Super Regional Qualifier for the WFC. This year 20 chefs from around the region were tasked with producing their best samples for over 800+ guests, all of whom got to vote on their favorite flavors of the night to create “Team Lake Murray Country” through a ‘people’s choice’ process.

Team Lake Murray Country 2023 is:

  • Chef Chris Williams
    Owner and Chef of Roy’s Grille & BBQ, Inc. and 2022 SC Chef Ambassador
    Team Lake Murray Country 2022 – #5 Best Sandwich in the World
  • Chef Maegan Horton
    Executive Chef of Blue Marlin Restaurant
    Team Lake Murray Country 2022
  • Chef Cody Ross
    Of Smoked
    People’s Choice Winner at Taste of Lake Murray 2023

“We’re excited to send these top 3 chefs to the World Food Championships to represent Lake Murray Country,” said Miriam Atria, President/CEO of CCLMC. “This is an amazing opportunity for the region and for the state of South Carolina. We are thrilled to bring South Carolina’s cuisine to the world stage for a third year in a row!”

Next, Team Lake Murray County will be assigned to their categories and learn about WFC’s EAT Methodology, which is how more than 8,000 dishes are judged and scored at the main event in Dallas. More than 450 teams from 40 states and 10 countries are expected to participate in this year’s tournament, which will feature 10 categories of food.

About World Food Championships

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 12 categories (Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Cocktail, Dessert, Live Fire, Rice/Noodle, Sandwich, Seafood, Soup, and Vegetarian). Each year as Food Sport kicks off in January, teams have to earn their way into WFC by winning a Golden Ticket at a previous qualifying competition, like Taste of Lake Murray. Almost 40 countries and every state in America have been represented at WFC’s main event since 2012, interested in Judging? Potential judges are welcome to take WFC’s online certification course that explains the E.A.T. methodology. Certified judges then request and receive available seats at the next scheduled WFC event. Click here to learn more about getting certified.

About Capital City/Lake Murray Country
CCLMC is the official source for all things Lake Murray Country. To plan your next trip, find information on attractions, dining, hotels, outdoor recreation, fishing, golf, and events. Explore The Top Southern Destinations of Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, and Saluda. For more information about CCLMC visit LakeMurrayCountry.com or call 803-781-5940 | 1-866-SC-Jewel.