Franklin chef headed to World Food Championships next week

Franklin chef headed to World Food Championships next week

Nearly 1,500 cooks will meet at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama this November for the culinary battle of their lives — and a shot at more than $350,000 in cash and prizes, the biggest payout in Food Sport history.

Among the field of competitors for the 7th Annual World Food Championships, presented by Walmart, will be 16 teams representing Tennessee including Team Scrumptious, led by Scrumptious Catering Company Chef Judy Beaudin from Franklin

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

Last year’s World Food Champion Lisa Gwatney, and World Burger Champion Tommy Shive are both from Memphis. Both will return this year.

Competitors will cook on-site during the timed events and face the challenge of preparation speed, specialty recipes, presentation and the ultimate taste test for E.A.T.™ certified judges. The categories include Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Chicken, Chili, Dessert, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. The following competitors from Tennessee will be battling it out on the world’s largest food stage in these WFC categories.

Beaudin will be preparing a dessert.

“I will be competing in the World Dessert Championship, having earned my way by winning 1st place in Tennessee in summer 2018 for the Taste of America contest, which is a nationwide contest, and the only preliminary qualifying contest sponsored wholly by WFC,” Beaudin said. “I learned of WFC in 2017 when a foodie friend from Michigan was competing and needed a sous chef to help her. I was able to drive down from Tennessee to Orange Beach, Alabama, and serve as one of her sous chefs. I was hooked on the thrill of the event and decided I wanted to enter in 2018.”

Team Scrumptious will compete on Thursday, November 9, 2018, in the World Dessert Championship. Judy will have two sous chefs joining her, Chris Moore from Franklin and her husband, iTrip Vacations’ owner Jeff Beaudin.


  • Chris Freels from Loudon, Tennessee



  • Dhanapol Marprasert from Murfreesboro, Tennessee

  • Hardin Cowan from Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • Jessica Hammonds from Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Julia Sullivan from Nashville, Tennessee

  • Raenel Stelly-Cummings from Hermitage, Tennessee

  • Rebecca Barron from Chattanooga, Tennessee


  • Jeremy Donald from Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Lisa Benoit from Cookeville, Tennessee

  • Richard Jones from Nashville, Tennessee


  • Judy Beaudin from Franklin, Tennessee


  • Mary Lang from Vonore, Tennessee


If any of the Tennessee Food Champs advance to the Top Ten round, they will not only have the chance to take home their respective category title but also earn a spot to compete at the Final Table for a chance at the title of World Food Champion and a $100,000 payday.

The 7th Annual WFC, presented by Walmart, will be held Nov 7-11 at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama. To learn more about the event, visit In the meantime, stay up to date on all WFC news and developments by following us on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), and Facebook and Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships).

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