McKINNEY, Texas (Nov. 7, 2018) – Nearly 1,500 chefs will meet at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama this November for the culinary battle of their lives — and a shot at more than $350,000 in cash and prizes, the biggest payout in Food Sport history. Among the field of competitors for the 7th Annual World Food Championships (WFC) will be Port Aransas winner, Robert Richards, who will be representing “Team Texas” at the Ultimate Food Fight.

“Teams from more than 40 states and 15 countries will enter one of our ten competition categories to earn their way to a title and a huge TV opportunity,” said Mike McCloud, the CEO and official Commissioner of the event. “The competition will be more intense than ever this year, and ten incredible chefs or home cooks are going to walk away with $10,000 cash!”

Competitors will cook food on-site during the timed events that include preparation speed, specialty recipes, presentation and the ultimate taste test for E.A.T™ certified Food Sport judges. The categories include Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Chicken, Chili, Dessert, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. Competitor, Chef Rob Richards from McKinney, TX, will be competing in the Sandwich Category. 

With more than 30 years in the culinary profession, Richards has cooked his way through the North East, the Carolinas, and the great state of Texas- in both restaurants and hotels. Rob started his career working as dishwasher and prep cook before moving to the front of the house. During that time, Rob longed for the back of the house. His love affair with how to cook and make food for people was his driving force behind pursuing culinary arts school. So, he packed his bags and moved to Vermont where he did his studies at New England Culinary Institute.

“They say it’s the super bowl of culinary competition,” said Richards. “Today was a blast! I learned a lot.  Hopefully out of the 40 chefs competing today I’ve made it to the top 10.”

McCloud also noted that cooking is not the only opportunity for participation at WFC. Those interested in volunteering or learning how to become an E.A.T.™ certified Food Sport judge can learn more at

There will be almost 30,000 foodies who visit Orange Beach for the November 7-11 event.

About Chef Robert Richards

Traveling and working in kitchens around the north and south in his tours, Chef Rob’s creations have been served to two presidents and Government officials as well as countless numbers of celebrities.

Chef Rob is branching out once again! He is going back and helping his community and surrounding areas. Feeding the homeless and helping other local charities and with his partnership of The Pantry restaurant in the historic downtown McKinney TX. Chef Rob is also in the works of opening Two Skillets - “A Farmers Restaurant” in the McKinney area. Next year he will be starting “The Katy Richards Foundation” named after his sister who lost her battle with addiction this past year. The Foundation will help with the cost of rehab facilities, ease the burden of starting over and feeling helpless with the journey of staying clean and sober!

About the World Food Championships

The 7th Annual WFC, presented by Walmart, will be held Nov 7-11 at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama. Stay tuned for more Food Sport developments at WFC by following our social media, including other structure builds and infusions that will be released in sponsor announcements over the next several months. For all WFC updates, follow the World Food Championships on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), and Facebook and Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships). For ticket information, please visit www.worldfoodchampionships/tickets