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October 15, 2013 09:00 ET

Celebrity Chef to Host World Food Championships

Second Annual Event Touts $300,000 Prize Purse

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - October 15, 2013) - Celebrity Chef Ben Vaughn will host the Second Annual World Food Championships this November throughout the Fremont Street Experience and Fremont East districts of downtown Las Vegas. Vaughn, host of Food Network's "Health Inspectors," will guide event attendees through the four-day culinary showdown, scheduled for Nov. 7-10, as roughly 400 food champions compete for their portion of the $300,000 prize purse.

The 2013 World Food Championships brings together competitors from the biggest and best food competitions around the world to showdown in seven supreme food categories. Winners from each category will then compete in a Final Table round, where a panel of judges will have the last word on who will be crowned World Food Champion.

"I tasted some of the best, most creative and perfectly executed dishes while sitting on the Final Table judge's panel in Vegas last year, so I gladly accepted the invitation to host the World Food Championships this year" said Ben Vaughn, host and emcee of the event. "I'm looking forward to making food memories and am excited to see what surprises the competitors have up their sleeves."

This year's official World Food Championships competition categories include BBQ, chili, burger, sandwich, recipe (with a pasta focus), dessert and bacon. The road to the Final Table brings together chefs and foodies alike to compete to claim their share of more than $300,000 in cash and prizes. 

"We are thrilled to have Ben Vaughn as the voice of the World Food Championships this year," said Mike McCloud, CEO and president of Trybe Targeting, the producers of the World Food Championships. "Ben's unparalleled energy, his culinary expertise and his dynamic wit will help us deliver an exciting array of food, fun and sport for all ages.

While in town, Vaughn will also be participating in BAR Magazine's kick-off celebration featuring three events Nov. 7-9. The World Food Championship host will discuss trends in food, cooking and life, for the "Slice of Life" event concluding with a live Q+A session Thursday, Nov. 7, at Pizza Rock on the newly developed 3rd Street Promenade in downtown Las Vegas. The following morning, Vaughn will be volunteering his time (and his recipes) at "The Gourmet Soup Kitchen" event at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission on West Bonanza Road where he'll be making and serving gourmet soup directly for the homeless. Lastly, Vaughn will be the guest of honor at the magazine's launch party in conjunction with the "Back of the House Brawl" at Tommy Rocker's Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 10 p.m.

About Ben Vaughn

Vaughn might be most notably known for wrangling snakes from dining rooms and chasing rats from cellars while hosting the hit show "Health Inspectors" on Food Network, but his culinary career started while studying and working in the best kitchens of South Florida. His performance in Memphis as owner and chef at River Oaks restaurant gained him a James Beard nomination and led him to open two critically acclaimed restaurants, Grace and Au Fond Farmtable. His success brought him to Atlanta to serve as Culinary Director for a Georgia-based restaurant group.

While currently producing a new television show, Vaughn is also writing a book, developing a spice line and speaking at culinary schools around the country about his experiences in the food and beverage industry. In addition to his multiple upcoming projects, Vaughn is also serving as the official emcee of the 2013 World Food Championships in Las Vegas in November.

He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and four children. For more about Ben Vaughn, please visit: www.BVate.com, and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and WhoSay.

About the World Food Championships

The World Food Championships is a yearlong, world-wide search for the best team, cook or chefs in competition food sport. The event culminates in a four-day, high-stakes food fight to name the ultimate World Food Champion. Major bragging rights and $300,000 are on the line as competitors, from pros to average Joes, earn their right to compete in tournament process in downtown Las Vegas. The seven-category World Food Championships will take place at the Fremont Street Experience on Nov. 7-10. To learn more, visit www.worldfoodchampionships.com.

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