7 Best Cooking Competitions in U.S.


Cooking competitions offer the chefs a great way to display their culinary talent while allowing the visitors unique way to get a taste of yummy food and the local culture.

Here are some of the best cooking competitions across the U.S. that will make food lovers proud and the states that these competitions are held.

1. The Whistle Stop Wing Thing, Alabama

This is a historic event conducted in Huntsville. More than 30 teams participate in making the most delicious recipes with chicken wings and visitors get a chance of tasting them all and participate in voting to decide the best.

2. The Arizona Taco Festival, Scottsdale

This competition in Arizona offers some of the best recipes in chicken, seafood, beef and pork. It also has $10,000 of prize money. It even conducts a live wrestling match while the visitors sip in some tequila.

3. The Great Garlic Cook-Off, Gilroy

One of the largest cooking festivals in the U.S., the Gilroy Garlic Festival accepts unique garlic recipes from everyone. Eight finalists have a chance to compete in the finals and to win $5,000 prize. It is generally held during the last weekend in July.

4. Blues, Views and BBQ Festival, Westport

This annual BBQ marketplace is not just limited to BBQs but includes a rib eating contest, chef demos and also has a pig eating competition. The event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Strictly no gas and electric grills.

5. National Pie Championships, Orlando

This landmark event is organized by the American Pie Council and is full of excitement. Both professionals and amateurs from all over the nation participate in this competition where they have to exhibit their culinary talents by making a pie from scratch.

6. The Dutch Oven Cook-Off, Riggins

Officially known as the Dutch Oven Cook-off and the big water blowout river festival, this cooking competition allows the participants to make any dish they like – including entrees, appetizers and desserts – as long as it is made in a right Dutch oven and the food is heated only by charcoals. Participants have only two hours to prepare their recipe.

7. Pho-King Cook-Off, Iowa

Pho – a kind of Vietnamese noodle soup – is the center of attraction at this competition. Organized by Iowa Asian Alliance, this cook-off attracts both pros and amateurs to present different variants of this king of noodles soup.