Walter “Rick” Geise has won a spot in the World
Open Chili Championship.
He is a machinist and tool maker by trade and originally
learned to cook by helping his grandmother around the kitchen. His cooking
skills were also greatly influenced by his wife Andreann and her family who
were in the restaurant business.
Rick met his wife in 1984 while they were both still in high
school. They shared a love of fishing, the outdoors and food. Andreann’s love
of food and her father started her exciting journey in foodsport. She convinced
Rick to enter his first recipe contest,
in which he took judges choice. He won a cash prize, a box of assorted cheeses
and bragging rights since he beat out his wife for that win. Was it beginner’s
luck? He is about to prove to her it was cooking skill and not luck that won
him that prize. He competes for the first time in the World Food Championships (WFC)
this year. She suggested he enter Taste of America, the contest that won him
his Golden Ticket to WFC.
Chef Andreann Geise will be competing in sandwich. This year’s competition marks the fourth time
that she has competed at WFC. Her best finish came in 2016 when she placed
fifth with her Bacon, Shrimp & Tomato Salad on Garlic Bacon Toast in the
signature round of the Bacon category.
About the World Food Championships
The World Food Championships (WFC) is the
highest stakes food competition in the world. This multi-day, live-event
culinary competition showcases some of the world’s best cooking masters
competing for food, fame and fortune in ten categories: Bacon, Barbecue,
Burger, Chef, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. In 2018,
over 1,500 contestants on nearly 500 official teams from 42 American states and
12 countries competed. More than 20 million people have attended WFC or have
seen it on national TV over the past seven years. The 2019 Main Event will be
held in Dallas, Texas at Reunion Tower Lawn, Oct. 16-20, 2019.
Andreann Geise, local Myrtle Beach chef and food sport
competitor, is accepting sponsors for her upcoming participation in the World
food Championship in Dallas in October.
She will compete for the World Sandwich Championship, and category
winners then compete for overall championship. She was a judge for the chili
category at the championship in 2015 and has competed for the past three
Sponsors are invited to contribute any dollar amount or
product related to the competition. Sponsors receive immediate recognition on
social media, continuing weekly mention until the event and daily coverage
during the competition. Included for the sponsor are photos or links to the
product or service. A food item or related product may be considered for use
during the actual event. A patch on the chef jacket or apron also may be supplied
with the top level of sponsorship.
Geise began her food sport with her win on the hometown
favorite episode of Ultimate Recipe Showdown on the Food Network and has since
appeared on the Cooking Channel, Fox Sports South, the Sportsman Table, A &
E Network and Discovery Network. She has shared the stage with celebrity chefs
including Guy Fieri, Aaron McCargo, Jr. and Fabio Viviani. She is a South
Carolina Barbecue Association ambassador, a senior judge and novice instructor.
Her dishes have been served at large events such as NYC
Fashion Week and Bon Appetit Supper club, and she has had many recipes
published in multiple magazines. She has cooked for Cal Ripken Jr., Marilyn
McCoo, Billy Davis Jr, Elise Testone, Mac Arnold, The Bronx Wanderers, Ken Lavigne,
The Movin Out Band and Manhattan transfer as well as for many private parties.
The eighth annual championship event is the largest food
sport tournament hosting hundreds of competitors throughout 10 categories and
awarding more than one million dollars
in total prize money. Television
coverage and social media reaches many countries in addition to the United
Contact Geise via Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org to
discuss sponsorship details.