Cooks at the World Food Championships

If you appreciate food as much as Mama Capone and the wise guys at Capone’s, take note: the World Food Championships are taking place in Celebration, Florida this week! Delicious food of all cuisines will be represented. When great food mixes with various contests, you can expect a spectacular show! Of course, the level of excitement could be based upon the level of a true foodie you happen to be!

At Capone’s Dinner & Show, our kitchen always strives to produce a delicious buffet filled with numerous fresh favorites. Guess you could say, we have a few foodies amongst us…which is just one of the many reasons our dinner show is a great experience!

World Food Championships Draw a Crowd

This yearly food event (held last year in Las Vegas) is expected to draw 500 cooks, 400 judges and around 600 volunteers, not to mention the spectators! Professional chefs from around the world compete against home cooks for $300,000 in cash prizes. Not only can spectators taste and get ideas from this foodie event, you can even get in on the action! Participate in Que school (BBQ), watch demonstrations and enjoy a food fight! Not any ordinary food fight, but one where local restaurants battle it out to see who will be judged as the best team during a heated competition.

Events at the World Food Championships begin tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3 with many free events getting stirred up on Wednesday continuing through November 10th. By mid- to late-morning throughout the weekend, various dishes are demonstrated nearly every half hour. There is also a mixology section for those of you that are interested in learning to create the perfect Manhattan or other traditional drink. Take Note: Al’s Rum Runner won’t be on any menu at the WFC, so you’ll need to save room for an evening at Capone’s Dinner & Show after attending the championships to experience it.

Fresh From Florida Competition

Of particular notice for this year’s championship is the “Fresh From Florida” contest which will be held on Friday, Nov. 6 starting at 2pm (across from the Main Stage). Three contestants will compete for $2,500 using their best recipe of under 500 calories. Contestants include:

  • Louis Robinson – Florida Fresh Aqua Chile
  • Rochele Vincent – Florida Citrus Shrimp Lettuce Wrap
  • Sherri Williams – Poached Chicken and Carambola Rice Bowl

Not only are the dishes they will prepare low in calories, they also have no added salt, contain a protein source and include food items of at least three colors with two foods representing the ‘Fresh From Florida’ label. If that isn’t enough, toss in the fact that each recipe takes 5 minutes or less of active cooking to get the finished product onto the table. Talk about a quick, healthy meal!

World Food Competition dish winner

The World Food Championships is a great place for every day people who love food and love to cook to get some great ideas. Sure, you can learn from professional chefs and rub elbows with a few celebrities, but we’re rootin’ for the every day home cooks. These talented guys and gals may leave Kissimmee with some serious bragging rights… and a lot of prize money!

Tickets are still available for many events, but some food experience tickets are getting swallowed up fast! For a schedule of events and tickets, go to Good luck to all the contestants from Al and the gang! Once the competition is over, come enjoy dinner and a show and let us do all the cooking! We’d love to have you join “the family!”

Last Updated on January 19, 2018