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World Food Championships 2016 Blogger Summit

Jodi Taffel Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Since I’ve brought this blog back to life after a year of stagnation, I thought I might attend a foodie related blogger conference and see how other’s are taking their blogs to the next level. And since I’ll be competing at the World Food Championships again this year (Guys Grocery Games-Big Bacon Battle qualified me! Yay!), I figured I could kill 2 birds with one stone. I mean, at my core I AM a nice Jewish girl, which means my 2 favorite words are SALE and FREE. And WFC is having their blogger summit in the exact same place and time as the cooking competition! Win, win!

So here I am, filling out my application, and I see this:

This application requires a submission of a 750 word Blog which addresses the following:

  1. What inspires you and makes you a successful Travel or Food Blogger?
  2. What has your experience with Food Sport/Competitions been?
  3. What are your favorite types of food to prepare, enjoy and write about?
  4. Whether you would make a better competitor or judge at World Food Championships in Orange Beach, and why!

GULP!!!! Dang it! I have to audition! Reminds me of when I applied to teach Comedy Traffic School and they wanted everyone to tell an amusing traffic related moment. I stood up and said, “Really? You mean we have to audition to teach traffic school! I can’t think of a more amusing traffic related moment than that.”   They didn’t appreciate my sarcasm and I found myself at the pub across the street with a semi-famous ex-child star who also got bounced in the 1st round. We raised our first of many glasses with the toast, “Well, I think I can safely say this is the low point of my career”.

OK, back to the blogger summit audition. Hmmm. Do I give the Miss America Contestant answers?World Peace and No Child Hungry kind of stuff? Or do I just be my usual self and let my freak flag fly?  Do I even have to answer the questions in order, or can I fly by the seat of my pants?  Hey, this is my blog. I make the rules, right?

So, in no particular order: Question #3:

What are your favorite types of food to prepare, enjoy and write about?

Well, the obvious answer here is BACON, of course!!!! You’d think that after  years of bacon competitions I’d never eat it at home. Well, you’d be 1000% wrong. Yeah, frankly that surprises me too. I probably eat more bacon now that I did before I started competing. It’s kind of like playing the harp (which I also happen to do). No matter how badly you play, it still sounds really pretty. Bacon is the same way. You can have a meal that’s amazing, great, good, ok, or downright awful. But add a little (or a lot. I’m not judging) bacon and you’ve all of a sudden got something that everyone wants to eat…and eat…and eat. When there’s bacon, there’s never any leftovers.

OK, Question #2:

What has your experience with Food Sport/Competitions been?

Easy enough. Since 2010 I’v competed in about 50 competitions, winning or placing Top 3 in most of them. Highlights include winning 5 trophies at The Grilled Cheese Invitational, including the Previous Winners Trophy at the last ever GCI. I beat ALL previous 1st place winners throughout the life of the competition. I’ve competed 3 times at World Food Championships with my personal best being 2nd runner up in Bacon, as well as helping my sister take 1st place in Seafood last year. My most recent competitions have been placing 1st on Cutthroat Kitchen, where I beat 3 of the heaviest hitters on the competition BBQ circuit; as well as beating 7,326 other entries in the Westminster Cheddar recipe contest. Yup, you read that right. #1 out of 7327!

Question #4:

Whether you would make a better competitor or judge at World Food Championships in Orange Beach, and why!

While I definitely don’t want to be anything but a competitor, I learned a great deal at last year’s WFC when I was asked to judge the Steak challenge. Just like the best conductors know how to play every instrument in the orchestra, so I think being a judge and learning what that job is REALLY all about has made me a better competitor.

And finally, Question #1:

What inspires you and makes you a successful Travel or Food Blogger?

If I’m being honest, one word. Narcissism.

Now please excuse me while I go drown myself in my own reflection in the mirror.

 

 

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