Overview of sanctioning bodies we work with
Sanctioning bodies bring integrity to an event by providing a structured competition framework including rules, trained judges, and access to their enthusiastic membership. Sanctioning bodies we have currently worked with are listed below, although we are always looking for and willing to bring in new sanctioning bodies.
Some of our events currently don't use a sancting body, such as our live stage judging and whole animal. In these situations we structure our own judging methodology and provide as much tranceperency of the process to compeditors, judges, sponsors, and fans to ensure confidence in the competition and its results.
Steak Cookoff Association (SCA)
The Steak Cookoff Association began as an idea in 2013 when two steak cooks saw the need to have one sanctioning body to determine a true world champion. Until then every steak competition was unique. In 2014, their vision became a reality with their first standardized sanctioned steak cookoff making each competition as fair as possible, then, as the say, the rest is history.
In the five years since the first contest, the SCA has representatives and certified judges across the world nearing 500 contests in 2020. The first weekend of October is the annual SCA World Championship where Golden Ticket winners travel from 4 continents to determine who will be their World Steak Champion.
Pacific North West Barbecue Association (PNWBA)
The Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of barbecue in the Northwest United States and into Canada. Governed by a board of directors, they are committed to educating the public of what BBQ is and furtherance of this mission through classes and competitions.
Established in 1991, the PNWBA is the second oldest BBQ association in the nation, with a significant base of cooks, certified judges, and a reputation for excellence.
Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI)
The Chili Appreciation Society International sanctions nearly 500 chili competitions throughout the world. Their mission, “Making a positive difference in someone's life with every pot of chili cooked,” is at their core as they enable charities to raise money for various causes, raising nearly a million dollars annually.
The rules for CASI are simple yet provide a challenge for each competitor which makes it more fun for everyone. As you read through them you will notice their definition of chili which gives clear direction on what the judges look for and harkens back to the origins of what chili is.
International Dutch Oven Society (IDOS)
The International Dutch Oven Society is a non-profit organization seeking to promote the art of Dutch oven cooking. Beginning in the Rocky Mountains, IDOS has grown to the largest and most productive group of black pot enthusiasts in the world with chapters all over the United States and Canada.
During each competition, the Dutch oven chefs must cook a full meal to be judged by those in attendance. This unique approach harkens back to the pioneer days and offers not only great food but an education on this unique live-fire style of cooking.
Culinary Fight Club (CFC)
The Culinary Fight Club burst on the food sport scene taking the experiential aspect of cooking competitions to a whole new level. At each event, attendees watch as contestants from home cooks to executive chefs’ race for their pantry in 45 seconds then the cooks will have 60 minutes to cook up their best dish. Each event has its own theme which the cooks, from their limited pantry, do their best to fulfill.
Founded in 2013, CFC continues to be a premier event as they travel all over the United States hosting culinary parties from Washington to Florida and all points in between. No two events are ever the same which keeps the spectators coming back time after time.