Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Judging Seminar

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Memphis in May International Festival will host their annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Judging Seminar from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee.

This seminar provides the only opportunity for barbecue enthusiasts to receive training and become qualified to judge at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which will be held May 15-18, 2019 in Tom Lee Park, Memphis, TN.

“Every year we crown the World Champion of barbecue, and it takes knowledgeable and skilled judges who know the difference between good barbecue, great barbecue, and World Championship barbecue,” said James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May.  “This annual seminar is the only opportunity for individuals to gain the knowledge required to be a certified judge at the legendary Memphis in May event in 2019.”

Topics covered at the barbecue judging seminar include: Memphis in May judging process and rules; the official meat categories; the scoring process; and blind, on-site, and final judging. Participants will sample barbecue from a competition barbecue team during simulated judging exercises.

Each year approximately 250 competition teams from across the country and around the world travel to Memphis to compete for the title of World Champion in the event USAToday called the “world’s most prestigious barbecue competition.”  Last year, pitmaster Brad Orrison from The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS took home his second World Championship and a share of $117,000 in prize money.

The World Championship Barbecue Judging Seminar is limited to the first 100 registrants. All instruction materials and lunch are provided. Participants are encouraged to register now, as the seminar sells out each year. Registration is $95.00 per person and applications are available here. Registration closes Monday, November 5, 2018, or when it sells out, whichever comes first.

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