Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch accompanied World Food Championships chief executive officer Mike McCloud recently during his announcement that Indianapolis has been selected to host the WFC Final Table in May 2020.
Crouch stated, “Our capital city and the entire state of Indiana welcomes the World Food Championships, and we are proud to have this unique opportunity to showcase the ‘Culinary Crossroads of America.’ Earlier this year we began working directly with Team Indiana to support the Indiana competitors and brands represented at this competition. It is part of an overall initiative focused on highlighting the people, products, services and destinations, which define our states culinary landscape and make Indiana a tremendous place to live, work and play.
“Indiana has played host to the largest sporting events in the world, and we take great pride in being the state where champions are crowned. Having the Final Table during the month of May will make it even more special for the competitors and guests as they experience the city and state during the Indianapolis Grand Prix.”
The WFC Final Table will provide Indianapolis and the state the opportunity to showcase some of the city and state’s premier culinary treasures, which have led to Indianapolis being recognized by Zagat as one of the 30 Most Exciting Food Cities and named by Cond Nast Traveler as one of 2018s “Best Cities for Domestic Travel.”
Crouch also traveled to Dallas to demonstrate support for Team Indiana at the World Food Championships. “Working with our public and private sector partners to sponsor Team Indiana and ultimately bring the WFC Final Table to Indianapolis is just the beginning of our plan to leverage Indiana’s leadership in the culinary community to the benefit of our workforce development and recruitment efforts.”
Current plans call for the WFC Final Table activities to take place May 8-10, 2020, with the actual cooking competitions to be held at the Ivy Tech Community College Culinary and Conference Center. Shortly following the conclusion of the World Food Championships in Dallas, WFC organizers will begin working with a local advisory group to outline details for the competition and associated special events.
The WFC Final Table represents the conclusion of an annual season of competition amongst competitors from over 40 states and 15 countries. The 10 category champions crowned in Dallas will take home $10,000 for their victory and then reconvene in Indianapolis in May 2020 to determine who will earn an additional $100,000 and reign as the WFCs 2020 World Food Champion.
In hosting the WFC Final Table, Indianapolis and the state of Indiana will serve as the backdrop for the live event in May 2020 and a reality TV show production in August 2020. Hosted in New Orleans this past May, the WFC Final Table reported TV reach of 3.9 million viewers accompanied by significant social media exposure.