City hosts ‘Final Table’ cooking competition


Indianapolis won’t have a team in a global cooking competition taking place here next month, but our culinary scene will be in the spotlight.

The World Food Championships is bringing “The Final Table” to town Aug. 8-9, having home cooks, trained chefs and professional teams compete for a $100,000 grand prize.

The competitors are the 10 category winners from the World Food Championships that took place in Dallas last fall. That competition drew 500 teams.

Finalists in bacon, barbecue, burger, chili, chef, dessert, recipe, sandwich, seafood and steak sectors are going head to head at Ivy Tech Community College’s Culinary and Conference Center.

Sadly, none of the final 10 are Hoosiers.

But local food culture will take the stage for the event.

How the competition is adding Indy flavor

The day before the competition, contestants will tour St. Elmo Steak House, 127 Illinois; Gallery Pastry Shop, 1101 E. 54th; the Indianapolis Zoo; and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ollie Seivers competes in the World Food Championships' "Final Table: New Orleans " event in 2019 at the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute.

“We’re showcasing the city and want to show some of the iconic places representative of the great city in Indianapolis,” said Larry Dickerson, head of the Culinary Crossroads initiative that lobbied for the competition to come to Indianapolis.

All of the related activities are recorded for a show to be aired on the Cooking Channel in September.

And the cooking competition itself will revolve around flavors of Indiana.

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