Chef Brandon will Compete at World Food Championship!


We are so excited our executive chef, Brandon Burleson, was selected to compete in the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL this week. This is the world’s largest event in food sports and will take place Nov 9-15th. A mix of corporate, restaurant and amateur chefs will be competing for a $300,000 prize purse and the title of 2016 World Food Champion. Chef Brandon is the only chef representing the River Region this year and is competing in two qualifying events on Friday and Saturday. River Region residents are encouraged to follow him throughout the competition via social media on Facebook as Chef Brandon Burleson and on Instagram as ChefBrandonB.

Chef Brandon came to Central in April of 2016 and is influenced by the bold flavors from New Orleans to the Caribbean, the availability of fresh gulf seafood, and the traditional southern dishes he grew up to love. He has truly brought a unique twist to Southern classics. Chef Brandon has represented Alabama across the country competing in events such as National Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge and taking home top honors.
This year will be Chef Brandon’s 3rd time competing at the World Food Championships and his first time representing Central Restaurant and the River Region. Having previously competed in the World Food Championships, he placed in the Top 10 at World Seafood Championship competing against chefs from over 37 states and 8 different countries.

About World Food Championships

The World Food Championships is the largest competition in food sport, where champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of $300,000. The World Food Championships platform ranges from live-event integration and activations to a robust multimedia platform that serves culinary stars, home cooks, brands and destinations. In four short years, WFC has awarded more than $1 million in prizes and money, spawned a TV series, garnered more than 5 billion media impressions and launched numerous professional careers for successful contestants. To attend or receive media passes, please visit