Philly represents at World Food Championships

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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:

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.

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