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Philly represents at World Food Championships

When the smoke clears, will Fat Jack's, The BBQ Guru or Philly Blind Pig bring home the bacon?

Philly represents at World Food Championships

Fat Jack´s winning burger from the 2013 Philadelphia Burger Brawl.  It´s made of Angus chuck brisket and ribeye, topped with BBQ sauce, cheddar-jack cheese, hickory-smoked brisket, Carolina pulled pork, sautéed onions, Kentucky slaw & Memphis Dry Rub., served on a buttered, toasted Le Bus onion brioche roll with a pickle on top.
Fat Jack's winning burger from the 2013 Philadelphia Burger Brawl. It's made of Angus chuck brisket and ribeye, topped with BBQ sauce, cheddar-jack cheese, hickory-smoked brisket, Carolina pulled pork, sautéed onions, Kentucky slaw & Memphis Dry Rub., served on a buttered, toasted Le Bus onion brioche roll with a pickle on top.

Las Vegas will be food central over the next several days.

The Pillsbury Bake-Off finals will assemble 100 home cooks for a shot at a $1 million prize.

The 2013 World Food Championships are coming off, drawing about 400 competitors in the categories of BBQ, chili, burger, sandwich, recipe, dessert and bacon - plus a chef contest. The purse is $300,000.

Though organizers have no geographic list of the competitors, I see four locals:

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Fat Jack's, which has locations in Jenkintown, Northeast Philadelphia and Ithaca, N.Y., is repping in the burger competition. Glenn Gross' company won the 2013 Philadelphia Burger Brawl with a creation that included Angus chuck brisket and ribeye, topped with BBQ sauce, cheddar-jack cheese, hickory-smoked brisket, Carolina pulled pork, sautéed onions, Kentucky slaw and Memphis dry rub, served on a buttered, toasted Le Bus onion brioche roll with a pickle on top. A&E is shooting Gross and his son, Kevin, for a series due to premiere in early 2014.

The BBQ Guru of Warminster, which won the Pork in the Park Barbeque Festival in Salisbury, Md., is up in the : World Barbecue Championship. Bob Trudnak's company manufactures BBQ equipment.

Philly Blind Pig - aka Philly's Tom Bera - won his first grand champion finish at the 2013 Smoke in the Valley in Green Lane, Montgomery County. He also is in a documentary called American Smoke.

Jill Gilber, winner of the Kenmore 100 Anniversary Home Cooked Contest and owner/operator of Gilber Travel in Northeast Philadelphia, is in the running in the recipe category.

Michael Klein Philly.com
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