The chef and owner of Taaza, an Indian Restaurant, in the Grandin Village area of Roanoke, has been crowned the 2018 Bacon World Champion.
Chef Peter Radjou won $10,000 for his “Acorn Squash Stuffed with Bacon and Fall Vegetables” entry at the World Food Championship (WFC).
Chef Radjou is a four-time WFC Bacon category competitor.
“I compete in Roanoke’s Bacon Festival every year and have taken first place five times,” said Peter.
“Try and try again” has been this seasoned Food Sport competitor’s motto throughout his Food Sport history. Until his recent championship win, Peter had never claimed a WFC Top Ten spot.
“Mike [President and CEO of WFC] kept telling me to keep trying, so I did, and it finally paid off,” said Peter. “I was so happy to make Top Ten and finish second place the Opening Round.”
According to the media release, Peter did not fully prepare his recipe for his final dish before arriving at WFC, instead, he planned his winning dish based on the ingredients that were locally available to him in the area.
“Since I had never made it into the Top Ten before, I wasn’t really expecting to cook in the Top Ten round,” explained Peter.
“Once I knew I had made it into the final round, I decided to create a dish featuring local ingredients and portray a fall-inspired dish.”
Peter will now prepare to take on the other nine WFC category champs in the ultimate test of skills, performance, and creativity at WFC’s Final Table, where the 2018 World Food Champion title and $100,000 prize will be determined.