A group of seven food professionals has been chosen to represent Indiana in the annual World Food Championships later this year. The group will compete in six categories to claim a share of the $350,000 prize purse at the event in Dallas.
Team Indiana, which is part of the Culinary Crossroads initiative, includes home cooks, chefs and professional food competitors. Four of the team members placed in the top 10 of their respective categories in 2019, which was the last time the WFC was held before getting canceled due to the pandemic.
Team Indiana includes:
- Cindy Hawkins (Indianapolis), who finished 2nd in the 2018 World Dessert Championship
- Craig Baker (Indianapolis), who was the 2017 World Chef Champion
- Erin Gillum (Indianapolis), who competed for the first time in 2019, earning her way by winning the Indy Burger Battle
- Jennifer Norem (Knox), a home cook who placed 2nd in the Bacon Category
- Justin Miller (Indianapolis), who placed 7th in the 2019 World Recipe Championship
- Roger Hawkins (Indianapolis), who was only eight points away from a top 10 finish in the Recipe Category
- Turon Cummings (Whiting), who finished 2nd in the 2019 World Burger Championship
“Each and every one of our Team Indiana members are thrilled to be returning to the World Food Championships, which is truly the gold standard for food sport competition,” said Larry Dickerson, director of Culinary Crossroads. “The combination of competition and camaraderie makes it a very special experience for the competitors, sponsors and attendees.”
The 9th annual World Food Championship will take place November 5-9 in Dallas.