Burger & Seafood Competition

Maryland Foodie Fest has partnered with the World Food Championships to give Maryland food competitors the opportunity to win a sanctioned food competition and join team RAM at the World Food Championships (WFC) for the ultimate food fight.

The World Food Championships is the largest competition in Food Sport, where grand champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. The World Food Championships is also the springboard for many up and coming culinary stars and home cooks as they seek TV fame through many well-known food shows and acting opportunities.

To participate at the WFC, you must win a sanctioned food event such as Maryland Foodie Fest!

WFC has 10 categories for competition. This year, the Maryland Foodie Fest is giving you three chances to win an entry into the WFC through our Chili, Burger and Seafood competitions. Professional chefs and home cooks are welcome to participate! The winner of each category will receive a golden ticket to join team RAM at the World Food Championships in Dallas, Texas – October 16 – 19, 2019. Win in Dallas, and go on to the Final Table in New Orleans and your chance at the grand prize of $100,000.

Register and take the first step toward participating at the World Food Championships (WFC) and your chance to participate at the Final Table in New Orleans and win the grand prize of $100,000!

Official Rules & Burger and Seafood Competitor Application


Burger Competition Awards:

1st Prize: $1,000 & golden ticket to compete at WFC in TX.
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize:  $250

Seafood Competition Awards:

1st Prize: $1,000 & golden ticket to compete at WFC in TX.
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize:  $250

ICS Chili CookoffChili Cook-Off

All Chili Cooks are welcome to participate at the Maryland Foodie Fest! This year’s Chili Cook-Off will include two competitions with each 1st place winner earning a Golden ticket to participate in the 2019 WFC in Dallas, TX as part of Team RAM.


This year’s Chili Competitions include:

  1. Homestyle Chili
  2. People’s Choice competition – Be sure to invite your friends – the chili with the most votes wins a Golden Ticket!

Homestyle Chili

Homestyle Chili is any kind of meat/combination of meats and/or vegetables cooked with beans, chili peppers/powders, various spices and other ingredients. Beans are required. Preference is not given to either cut meat or ground meat. Seafood is considered meat. Homestyle chili may be any color, including red, green, white and yellow.

To participate in the Homestyle Chili Cook-Off Competition, you must:

  1. Complete our Chili Competitor Application & pay your entry fee
  2. Register with ICS by going to their website at chilicookoff.com

ICS Rules and Regulations

2019 Homestyle Chili Cook-Off Awards

1st Prize*: $1,000 & a golden ticket to compete at the WFC in Dallas, TX, PLUS an invitation to compete at the ICS World Championship Chili Cook-Off.
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize:  $250

The first place homestyle chili winner will be eligible to register to enter an additional competition through the ICS World Championship Chili Cook-Off (WCCC). You must compete in a sanctioned event such as the Maryland Foodie Fest to be eligible to compete in the World Championships.  ICS has a special requirement: You must be a member of ICS and win a sanctioned event to qualify to compete at the WCCC.

Anyone registering to enter the Homestyle Chili Competition will be automatically entered into our People’s Choice Chili Cook-Off.

The winner of the People’s Choice Chili Cook-Off wins a a golden ticket to compete at the WFC in Dallas, TX!