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Chef Christina Fitzgerald at 2019 World Food Championships

As if creating over 8,000 dishes within five days isn’t enough to whet your appetite, the World Food Championships (WFC) recently announced that some of America’s most successful female pitmasters will be stoking the fires on Sunday, November 7, 4-6 PM, as the 2nd Annual Fire Woman Challenge will take the stage. The highly anticipated ancillary event is set to be held at WFC’s host location, Fair Park, in Dallas, Texas, where lady pitmasters will go head-to-head in a 90-minute, no-electricity, no-menu-limit barbecue battle. Featured in the smokin’ line-up are notable pitmasters Chef Christina Fitzgerald and reigning Fire Woman Champion Jackie Milligan. Along with three other fiery pitmasters, the ladies will be challenged to craft their best barbecue dish infusing the Official Sauce of the Firewoman Challenge –– Sienna Sauce, a Texas-based barbecue sauce that has recently been setting retail shelves everywhere on fire. Pitmasters Christina and Jackie are no strangers to the Food Sport arena. At WFC’s 8th Annual Event, Christina –– who was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri –– placed 10th in its Open Chili Championship division. Jackie –– a Texas-based pitmaster –– landed an 8th place in its World Barbecue Championship. 

“This is definitely one of the most anticipated ancillary events we have at WFC,” commented Mike McCloud, president and CEO of WFC. “These ladies mean ‘sear’-ious business and don’t hold back. At our last Fire Woman Challenge, there was an actual fire wall where giant Wagyu Tomahawks were hung and then seared. I’m personally excited to see what these ladies bring to the table this year.”

The Fire Woman Challenge will be one of the many free attractions on the main grid during WFC’s event in Dallas held November 5-7, 2021. Anyone who purchases a General Admissions ticket (Sunday’s Daily Ticket or Weekend Pass) will be able to attend and enjoy the activity. For a complete list of foodie attractions that will be featured at WFC, click here. Stay tuned for more competition announcements about the upcoming Ultimate Food Fight. In the meantime, stay up-to-date on all culinary competition news, by following the World Food Championships on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), Facebook and Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships).


About World Food Championships

The World Food Championships (WFC) is a multi-day, ten-category cooking competition that brings 1500+ top chefs and home cooks from all over the globe to battle it out for a piece of the event’s $300,000 prize purse. WFC 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. WFC is the largest Food Sport competition, 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! Chefs participate in ten categories for world domination: Bacon, Barbeque, Burger, Chef, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Soup, and Steak. Outside of its Kitchen Arena, WFC has 20+ tasting experiences for foodies of all ages, including an opportunity to judge some of the event’s 8,000 competition dishes.While contestants have to earn their way into WFC by winning a Golden Ticket at a previous competition, potential judges are welcome to take WFC’s online certification course that explains the E.A.T. methodology. Certified judges then request and receive available seats at the next scheduled WFC event. Click here to learn more about getting certified.

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