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Local Chefs in the Mix at World Food Championships

A hungry visitor to a past World Food Championships. This year’s event is Nov. 7-11 in Orange Beach, Alabama. Courtesy photo

Six local chefs recently cooked up enough flavor at the Texas Super Chef Throwdown in Port Aransas to move on to the next level: the World Food Championships. These Coastal Bend chefs are part of a team of 44 Texans heating up the competition in Orange Beach, Alabama, which ends Sunday, Nov. 11.

Almost 1,500 professional chefs, pro teams, and home cooks are competing for $350,000 in cash and prizes — the biggest payout in food competitions in the world. Food is cooked on site in timed events, and each dish is judged on execution, appearance, and taste. The 10 categories are bacon, barbecue, burger, chef, chicken, chili, dessert, sandwich, seafood, and steak.

Local chefs competing in the world finals are:

• Emily Hernandez, La Barataria, Port Aransas, burgers;

• Gail Huesmann, Black Marlin Bar and Grill, Port Aransas, chef;

• Spencer Cox, Lisabella’s, Corpus Christi, chef;

• Chris Collins, The Brewery, Port Aransas, chicken;

• Christopher Beasley, Bluewater Cowboy, Portland, seafood;

• Tina Crutchfield, Port Aransas, chili.

Three different film crews are recording the event for broadcast on national networks. Celebrities include two former NFL players, Bo Jackson and Jarvis Green, who have their own food companies.

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