Susanne Duplantis

Susanne Duplantis

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Baton Rouge chef Susanne Duplantis is competing for a $300,000 prize purse and the title of 2017 World Food Champion at the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Duplantis qualified for the World Food Championships with her Taste of America Challenge-winning gumbo chili, representing Louisiana.

She and sous chef Betsy Tilley, of Baton Rouge, are team Makeover My Leftover. The team is one of 500 from around the world participating Nov. 8-14 in the championships, considered the world’s largest food sport event.

The best overall dish wins a $100,000 prize purse, and $10,000 packages will be awarded in the categories of bacon, barbecue, burger, chef, chili, dessert, sandwich, seafood, steak and recipe.

“I got a taste of the competition in the 2015 WFC Food Fight Write Blogger Steak Challenge and again last year as a Certified E.A.T. (Execution, Appearance, Taste) judge for the dessert category” Duplantis said. “So I know what the judges are looking for in a winning dish, and I’m ready to put my knowledge to the test. It’s a great accomplishment just to be at the table, but winning my category would be an incredible feat, and winning the whole tournament with the best dish — that would be like winning the Olympics.”

Follow Makeover My Leftover on Facebook, @makemyleftover on Instagram and Twitter or view results at worldfoodchampionships.com.