Texas soup wins the World Food Contest. This is what I cooked

A home Texan chef can now say she has one of the best soups in the world after winning the championship at the 9th Annual World Food Championships.

Home chef Lori McLain of Denton was one of 67 Texans who gathered at Fair Park in Dallas for a competition looking to take home 10th out of 10 overall classes.

McLean, whose technology involved pressure-cooking pork in the microwave, beat the former Soup Champion for the most coveted prize of all time, $7,500 in earnings and the 2021 World Soup Championship title. The win gives her a seat in the WFC’s $100,000 Ultimate Table Challenge next spring, according to a press release from the WFC on Monday.

Watch the WFC Facebook post announcing McLain’s win below.

During the multi-day competition, the soup competitors faced a series of culinary challenges. They were tasked with making chowder, impressing the judges with their signature soup and incorporating class sponsor (Texas-based Bolner’s Fiesta Brand) into their last dish, according to the release.

For the first challenge, competitors were tasked with cooking chowder and McLean served smoked sausage green chili corn soup with corn fritters.

The next challenge, the WFC Signature Bowls round, gave the contestants 90 minutes and let loose to make any soup. During this specific challenge, McLean made a bacon and cheese burger soup. She says the dish was inspired by backyard cooking favorites: a bacon burger and loaded fries. I served it with fried pickle chips.

McClain exited the opening rounds to finish eighth, with former champion Rocky Julianne ahead of her by one point, according to the statement.

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