Texas Pitmaster Named World Barbecue Food Champion


This month, chefs from around the world gathered for the 2017 World Food Championships, the highest stakes food competition in the world. This multi-day culinary competition, sponsored by WESTERN Premium BBQ Products and Cowboy Charcoal, showcases the world’s best cooking masters competing for food, fame, and fortune.

The event saw participants representing 45 U.S. states and 14 countries. Over 8,500 unique dishes were created and scored. This year’s barbecue portion of the contest consisted of two separate cook-offs – each sent their top five pitmasters to the final round. Ultimately, Fred Robles of Rio Valley Meat BBQ team was named 2017’s World Barbecue Champion.

Robles will now prepare for the championship’s final level happening in April 2018. He will compete against the grand champions of every other category to create a culinary masterpiece that rises above the rest. The winner receives $100,000 and becomes the Ultimate Food Champion.


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