ELWOOD, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Red Gold Tomatoes, producer of the freshest, best tasting canned tomato products, today announced two chef-partners have advanced to the World Food Championships Final Table. Competitors Craig Baker and Acie Vincent prepare to go head-to-head with eight other champions for the ultimate prize on April 22.
“Red Gold partnered with the World Food Championships starting in 2016,” said Becca Yeagy, Territory Sales Manager, Red Gold Tomatoes. “The ability to bring passionate culinary focused professionals together with our products has been inspiring.”
At the World Food Championships held in November 2017, Baker won the Chef category and Vincent won the Sandwich category. Those wins advanced them to compete for a $100,000 prize package at the Final Table, a competition scheduled for April 22, 2018 in Bentonville, Arkansas.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Craig and Acie’s success with the World Food Championships so far,” said Lydia Gray, Marketing Communications Manager, Red Gold Tomatoes. “Their dedication, innovation, and use of the best ingredients in their creations are characteristic of their approach to making something special for whomever sits at their tables. No matter who takes the prize home, we feel they are winners already.”
Baker, an Indiana-based restaurateur, used Red Gold Tomatoes in a paella dish in the opening rounds of the 2017 competition that advanced him to the Top 10. “It’s an honor and humbling to represent Indiana at Final Table along with my friend, Chef Ben Hardy,” said Baker. “All the finalists share a bond that’s incredible and friendships develop that last a lifetime.”
Vincent won the Sandwich category, sponsored this year by Red Gold: a Smokey Lionfish and Crab Cake Sandwich accompanied with Bacon Tomato Jam using Red Gold Whole Peeled Tomatoes. But his connection to Red Gold is stronger than a single recipe: Vincent won the online recipe contest, “Bring Your ‘Wich to the Sand” to make it to this year’s competition. “It has been so exciting to be able to compete in food sport, having great products like Red Gold and of course winning in just 3 short years,” said Vincent. “What an honor and privilege.”
About World Food Championships
The World Food Championships is the largest competition in Food Sport, where grand champions convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of the prize money. The 2017 WFC was the largest Food Sport tournament yet, with well over 1,500 contestants on 449 official teams coming from 42 American states and 13 countries to compete. For more information visit https://worldfoodchampionships.com.
About Red Gold
Four generations of the Reichart family have been producing premium quality tomato products since 1942, when it began producing tomato products for the soldiers overseas. Since then Red Gold has become the largest privately-owned tomato processor in the nation with three state-of-the-art facilities in Elwood, Geneva, and Orestes, Indiana. The company also boasts a million square foot distribution center in Orestes and operates a wholly-owned subsidiary RG Transport trucking fleet in Elwood. Partnering with family farms across Indiana, southern Michigan, and Northwest Ohio to sustainably produce premium quality canned tomatoes, ketchup, sauces, salsas, and juices for foodservice, private brands, export, co-pack and club channels of distribution. The Red Gold family of consumer brands includes Red Gold, Redpack, Tuttorosso, and Sacramento. Exceptional quality and operational excellence are the shared values that contributed to the employee-created mission statement: “To produce the freshest, best tasting tomato products in the world.”
Visit www.RedGoldFoods.com to learn more about Red Gold.