Green Valley-based Fork U BBQ and Tucson’s Beyond Bread finished in the Top 10 of the second annual World Food Championships in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Fork U BBQ — the team of Tracey Nahrwold and Tracy Santa Cruz — finished fifth in the semifinals round of the dessert competition with their infused berry crème brûlée .
Beyond Bread, which came in second place at last year’s inaugural competition, finished third in the sandwich category with its grilled salmon sandwich.
More than 300 competitors started the World Food Championships in Las Vegas on Nov. 7; only one was left standing at the finals on Nov. 10. The competition was filmed and will be broadcast over six episodes on A&E next year, contest officials said.
Nahrwold, a veteran competitive barbecuer, said she and Santa Cruz finished sixth in the first round with their caramel cheesecake mousse and a triple chocolate cookie with salted caramel frosting. The two women, who compete in barbecue contests around the country, also run the popular Tucson dessert food truck Pin-Up Pastries.
Beyond Bread resurrected its popular Everything Reuben sandwich for the first round of competitions; it’s the same sandwich that owner Shelby Collier brought to Vegas for the 2012 contest that earned the almost-15-year-old sandwich shop a second-place finish and a $4,000 prize.
Collier said his team also turned in an inverted grilled cheese sandwich — everyone was required to present their take on grilled cheese — in the first round that featured his focaccia bread, an olive tapenade and several cheeses, including a fresh mozzarella.