MGCCC’s Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff named automatic qualifier for World Food Championships

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Gulf Coast Chili Cook-Off, set for April 21 from Noon-3 p.m., will be a preferred qualifier for the World Food Championships. The event will take place at the Hospitality Resort Management Center at the Jefferson Davis Campus.

Along with the Gold Ticket invitation to the WFC, which will be held Nov. 7-11 in Orange Beach, Alabama, the winner of the Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff will have his or her $300 registration fee for the WFC event paid for and will receive $1,000 when he or she arrives at the WFC event to help cover the cost of travel, ingredients or other needs related to the competition.  The WFC winner takes home a grand prize of $100,000.

At the WFC, more than 400 pre-qualified competitors will enter one of nine competition categories and the champion of the Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff will be among them.  This is the second time the Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff will send a winner to compete against the World Food Championships roster of Golden Ticket contestants. Last year’s winner, Chef Calvin McCoy of Treasure Bay Casino, competed at the World Food Championships on behalf of the Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff.

“This is exciting news for competitors at our event because it gives them the opportunity to compete against the best of the best,” said Lisa Bradley, director of Business Development and MGCCC’s HRM.  “Competition will be fierce at our event, and of course, later at the WFC, where there are more than $350,000 in prizes.”

The annual event is open to the public.  “We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a day of great chili tasting,” Bradley said.  “The food will be great, and there will be plenty of entertainment as well.”

Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff tasting and beverage passes are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Cooking-team admission is $50.

For more information about Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff, visit, or contact Lisa Bradley at or 228-897-3971 and for the latest news, visit the Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff Facebook page. For more information about the World Food Championships, visit

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