First off, both pros and home chefs are welcome to enter in the categories of Dessert (featuring Goo Goo Clusters) and Seafood, with the winner of each segment taking home $1,000 and a free entry into the World Food Championships in Las Vegas. So if you're an amateur who thinks you can play against the big boys and girls, here's your chance. With such a big prize though, this isn't one of those freebie contests where you just mail in a recipe for judging.
At the Music City Cookoff, each entrant ponies up a $100 entry fee to take part in the super regional with the chance to eventually win a smooth $100,000 as the grand champion of the WFC. Each competitor will have one hour to cook up their prize-winning dish, which will be judged by a panel using the WFC's proprietary EAT (Execution/Appearance/Taste) judging criteria. Forty contestants will compete in the two categories to win one of six spots in the Las Vegas main event.
Once they have signed up 20 contestants in each category, they will close registration. There are still a few spots left for both Seafood and Dessert, so sign up at the event registration site ASAP.
For more information on Taste of Tennessee, visit tasteofTN.com. It's time to put your money where your mouth is, and if you know any professional chefs who you think might excel at this sort of challenge, feel free to pass on the info.