After five days of nonstop, high-paced, tournament-style cooking in Orange Beach, Alabama, more than 450 teams from 14 countries and 40+ American states have been narrowed down to 10 category champions at the 6th Annual World Food Championships (WFC) held Nov. 8-14.

More than 8,000 dishes were served and judged in the process, which rewarded the winning cooks with almost $225,000 of prize money and specialized cooking products.

The group, which includes one returning champion and an international professional cook team, will now battle it out for a $100,000 prize package in the spring of 2018 at WFC’s Final Table.

The winners who emerged from the main event were crowned 2017 champions in the following categories: BBQ, Bacon, Burger, Chef, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. They came from all types of culinary backgrounds, proving once again that WFC’s E.A.T. methodology is providing a level playing field for Food Sport enthusiasts.

WFC, the largest competition in Food Sport, was be held at The Wharf in Orange Beach.

With a prize purse of $300,000, chefs competed in the categories of barbecue, chili, burger, dessert, bacon, seafood, steak, and recipe.

As in years past, the recipe category was based on a theme of food, with this year’s theme being chicken.

The 2016 World Food Championships drew more than 1,200 contestants from 419 official teams.

More than 20,000 attended the event to watch the battle unfold in the 10 official categories.

Since its debut in 2012, World Food Championships has given birth to 30 TV food stars, awarded more than $1.5 million in prize money, garnered more than 5.7 billion media impressions and connected 150+ food brands with food fans, bloggers, and food media.

Activities got under way at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, and general admission was free.

VIP ticket holders enjoyed celebrated chef demos, complimentary refreshments and a birds-eye view of the action. They also were able to sample the award-winning dishes.

A fun event for the whole family at the championship was the World Food Games, where visitors participated in speed cup stacking, team egg tossing, marshmallow challenge, orange relay races, a corn shucking contest and more.

Food trucks were also be on site, providing plenty of food options to enjoy as the chefs battled it out.

A ticketed activity, the Around the World in 100 Bites event, offered participants the opportunity to eat their way around the world. Led by Chef David Skinner of Eculent, participants enjoyed each dish presented in a unique and whimsical manner.

Bring your friends for the upcoming 2018 event, purchase your tickets, and reserve your two-bedroom condo in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key.