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World Food Championships

  • JEM students go "Inside the Food Fight" at the World Food Championships

    Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM) students recently returned from Orange Beach, Alabama, where they spent four days covering the World Food Championships as part of an experiential learning trip organized by Professor Robert Heller and Associate Professor Nick Geidner.

    The team poses for a group photo.

    The World Food Championships is an international cooking competition established in 2012 by University of Tennessee JEM Alum Mike McCloud, and one of the largest cooking competitions in the world.

    One of the chefs at the World Food Championships.

  • Students gain experience at the World Food Competition


    Six students from Tennessee's School of Journalism and Electronic Media took a trip down to Orange Beach, Alabama on Thursday, November 10th to attend and report on the World Food Championships. The four-day event is "the largest competition in food sport," according to its website. Competitors enter for a chance to win a share of $300,000 in prize money. The overall winner of the World Food Championships walks away with $100,000. 

    The students, Lauren Batson, Brianna Bivens, Danielle Clark, Sydney Gilliam, Natalie Ward and Brock Zych, came to the event accompanied by UTK professors Rob Heller and Nick Geidner with the intention of covering the event primarily using photo and video storytelling.

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