Wade Penland of The Bistro Secures Spot on Team Lake Murray Country and will Compete in the 2024 World Food Championships

March 26, 2024

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Columbia, S.C. – Wade Penland, Executive Chef and Managing Partner of The Bistro, has earned a coveted position on Team Lake Murray Country after being selected via popular vote at the Taste of Lake Murray (TOLM).

“I am thrilled and humbled to represent Lake Murray Country at the World Food Championships this year,” says Wade Penland, Executive Chef/Managing Partner of The Bistro and the People’s Choice Winner at this year’s Taste of Lake Murray. “The opportunity to showcase our region is truly an honor that I can’t put into words. I look forward to representing The Bistro well and making our community proud!”

Held on Thursday, March 21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, the Taste of Lake Murray served as the “South Carolina Super Regional Qualifier” event for the World Food Championships (WFC). Penland’s culinary prowess captured the hearts and taste buds of attendees, leading to his victory in the ‘people’s choice’ process.

Team Lake Murray Country 2024 is:

  • Chef Chris Williams
    Owner and Chef of Roy’s Grille & BBQ, Inc. and 2022 SC Chef Ambassador
    Team Lake Murray Country 2023 – 2nd place overall
  • Chef Mike Ellis
    Of LTC Hospitality (Smoked, The Grand on Main, The Main Course, Good Life Cafe, The Players Club, and Peak Drift Brewing.)
    Team Lake Murray Country 2023 – 8th place overall
  • Chef Wade Penland
    Executive Chef/Managing Partner of The Bistro

Taste of Lake Murray People’s Choice Winner 2024, Team Lake Murray Country 2024

Penland joins Mike Ellis of LTC Hospitality Group and Chris Williams of Roy’s Grille to form the 2024 Lake Murray Country Team. At the 2023 World Food Championships, Chef Ellis demonstrated his culinary aptitude by securing an impressive 8th place in the highly competitive Chef Category, showcasing his exceptional skill and talent on the international stage. Meanwhile, Chef Williams captivated judges and audiences alike with his innovative approach, clinching an outstanding 2nd place in the fiercely contested sandwich category. Their remarkable achievements underscore their expertise and commitment to culinary excellence.

Dates for the 12th Annual World Food Championships have been set for Nov 8-12, 2024, in Indianapolis, Illinois.


About World Food Championships

The World Food Championships (WFC) is the highest stakes Food Sport 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, Dessert, Live Fire, Rice, Noodle, Sandwich, Seafood, Soup and Vegetarian). Each year as Food Sport kicks off in January, thousands of cook teams try to earn their way into WFC by winning a Golden Ticket at an official qualifier. Almost 40 countries and every state in America have been represented at WFC’s main event since its inception in 2012.

About Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board:

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, Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Saluda. For more information about CCLMC visit LakeMurrayCountry.com or call 803-781-5940 | 1-866-SC-Jewel.

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