I got this!

Chef Mike Porter, top photo, of Pop’s Tavern & Café in Lamar, hard at work during the competition. His finished product, bottom, earned him a golden ticket to this year’s World Food Championships.

Mike Porter, chef at Pop’s Tavern & Café in Lamar, earned a coveted spot into this year’s World Food Championships (WFC) by winning People’s Choice in Port Aransas Sept. 21 as part of the Texas Super Chef Throwdown Series.

He will represent Team Texas (Rockport) at the Ultimate Food Fight. This is the first time that Chef Porter has competed at WFC.

More than 1,500 chefs will meet Oct. 16-20 at the Reunion Tower Lawn in Dallas for the culinary battle of their lives, with a chance to win more than $350,000 in cash and prizes, the biggest payout in Food Sport history.

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

Competitors will cook on-site during timed events to create a dish for the ultimate taste test by E.A.T™ certified Food Sport judges. The 10 categories include Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood, and Steak.

Sponsorship is available and a fund has been set up to help Chef Porter and his family with the trip and supplies to Dallas and to cover costs while away from work. For more information, or to make a donation, call Tracy Goodwin at (361) 790-2730.

“Thank you for all the support, my family, my sous chef Cory, the local community … it’s so unreal, and a dream to be representing our little area and Team Texas,” said Chef Porter.

The WFC offers exciting attractions for food fans to enjoy, including watching celebrity chefs compete, attending fantastic demonstrations, and learning about the newest food trends.

The WFC is the highest stakes food competition in the world. The multi-day, live-event culinary competition showcases some of the world’s best cooking masters competing for food, fame and fortune in 10 categories.

More than 1,500 contestants on nearly 500 official teams from 42 American states and 12 countries competed in 2018.

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