LAS VEGAS—(Nov. 15, 2014)—Lockeland Table Chef Hal Holden-Bache and Sous Chef Danny “Boston” Bua, Jr. of Nashville, TN have won one of three spots in the finals of the World Food Championships’ Chef’s Challenge being held this week in Las Vegas. The Chef’s Challenge finals will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST at the Downtown Las Vegas (DLV) Events Center.
Chef Hal and Sous Chef Danny are also Top-10 finalists in the Recipe Division of the WFC competition. This year’s theme of the Recipe Division competition is Cheese. Chef Hal and Sous Chef Bua’s cheese recipe dish was a Tennessee Beer Cheese Soup made with The Bloomy Rind : Artisan cheese, Yazoo Beer, and a Porter Road Butcher chorizo corn fritter, all local Nashville ingredients. The finals of the Cheese Recipe Division competition will be held today, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. PST at the Kenmore Kitchen Coliseum.
Chef Hal and Sous Chef Danny won their positions in the World Food Championships by winning the Nashville Scene 2014 Iron Fork competition sponsored by U.S. Foods and held in April competing against top-flight chefs from Nashville. “We’ve been really impressed with the kindness of not just the hosts of the World Food Championships, but also everyone in Las Vegas,” Chef Hal said.
The 2014 World Food Championships is a nine-category competition with 550 competitors held in Las Vegas in a tournament style event. The World Chef Challenge consists of 21 world-class chefs.
“We’ve met our goals as far as the vision of what we set out to do and the categories of competition,” added Chef Hal. Tomorrow’s Chef’s Challenge winner will take home a $2,500 cash prize and a $15,000 Southern Pride Commercial Smoker. Today’s Cheese Recipe Division winner will take home a $10,000 cash prize and compete for the $100,000 grand prize against eight other category finalists in the Final Table Competition at 9:00 a.m. PST on Tuesday, November 18 at the FSE 3rd Street Stage.
Chef Hal and Sous Chef Bua’s travel costs to the WFC competition in Las Vegas were offset from proceeds raised by a dinner hosted at Lockeland Table sponsored by Peg Leg Porker, Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co., Best Brands, Heineken, and U.S. Foods.