Barhyte Specialty Foods of Pendleton with its Saucy Mama line claimed two first place prizes at the recent World Food Championships.
The competition took place Nov. 8-12 in Orange Beach, Alabama, and drew 450 teams, according to a statement from the organization. Cooks and chefs from 14 countries and more than 40 states competed in 10 categories ranging from barbecue to dessert to seafood.
Saucy Mama team member Kim Banick of Salem took first place in seafood with her “Alabama Crawfish Thai Bowl with Coconut Gulf Shrimp,” and Rebecka Evans from Houston won the bacon championship with her “Dutch Crunch Baby Pancakes.”
The 10 first place winners will move on to the WFC’s Final Table in April 2018 for the ultimate bragging rights and a $100,000 prize purse. Suzie Barhyte, Saucy Mama herself, was thrilled and will be there cheering on her two entries.
Another Saucy Mama team member, Lisa Keys of Pennsylvania, placed second in recipe with her “Fried Chicken on a Steamed Bun,” and a fourth team member, Heather Walker of Phoenix, placed first in a “Chopped” type run-off of those not making top 10 in their category with her “Upside Pineapple Cake with Cream Cheese-Brie Frosting.”
Organizer Mike McCloud commented the World Food Championships might have to change to the Saucy Mama Competition.