Media Release

31st April 2021

‘Taj Foods – the rice people’ inspiring new rice stories as they enter Australia’s Food Sport Arena

Every grain has a story.  That statement will be put to the test this year at Australia’s Food Sport event, World Food Championships Australia, thanks to our sponsors Taj Foods and their Rice brands – SunGrow and TAJ.      

Taj is an Australian family-owned and run, company established in the 1970’s  and now proud sponsor of the World Food Championships Australia.  A leader in Basmati rice with their TAJ and White Tiger brands, Taj Foods has grown to also offer frozen vegetables, frozen herbs, snacks, and organic foods among other grocery products. Although its forte has been Basmati Rice, through it’s SunGrow brand, Taj Foods’ now also offer Jasmine Rice, Medium Grain Rice, Sushi Rice, Brown Rice and exotic ancient rice varities such as Black Rice and Red Rice. SunGrow Medium Grain White Rice is ranged in all Woolworths stores nationally.      

TAJ Basmati Rice and SunGrow Rice varieties will give competitors an array of choices to create exciting world recipes and a championship winning dish.   WFCA’s competitors who advance to the finals will be challenged to create a winning dish, for a chance to win the Golden Ticket Entry straight into the 2022 qualifying event in Dallas TX. 

“We are really looking forward to seeing the diversity this will provide in the Finals round of the WFCA,”  said Belinda Markoski, Director of Partnerships of WFCA. “Most people will see rice as an everyday ingredient, and we look forward to the qualifying champs creating something innovative with these ingredient’s and shake it up a bit.”

“WFCA is a great platform for our brands,” said Gautam Varma Managing Director of Taj Foods Australia – the rice people. “We have been able to get our products in the hands of some of the  most talented cooks. We are excited to see how competitors will demonstrate the rice in their dishes and create a new and unique story.”

Stay tuned for more partnership announcements about the upcoming Main Event, which is set to be held in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, July 9-11.  Tickets for the ultimate Food Sport event are on sale now.

Whether you’re a home cook or seasoned food competitor, it’s safe to say that we’ve all been spending more time in the kitchen whipping up new recipe creations during the past year. Organizers at the World Food Championships Australia (WFCA)  invites cooks of all types to put their kitchen skills and recipes to a taste test for a chance to compete on the World stage at the WFC in Dallas TX USA in 2022.

Contact for media enquiries: Belinda Markoski, Director of Partnerships GL Exhibitions – 0417 354 916

Event Information:

About the World Food Championships (WFC)

Since the World Food Championships (WFC) debuted in 2012 in the USA, sponsored by Walmart, the event has awarded more than $1.5 million in prize money and has produced 30 TV food stars. Global events company, GL Exhibitions is bringing the event to Australia and will be running it alongside the largest Australian food events targeted to the home cook, Love Cooking Show Live and the Cake Bake & Sweets Show in Melbourne and Sydney.  

The World Food Championships (WFC) is the highest stakes food competition in the world. This multi-day, live culinary competition showcases some of the world’s best cooks who compete for food, fame and fortune in 10 categories (Barbecue, Burger, Seafood, Vegan, Dessert, Chicken and Beef). Now, Australians can compete to win a Golden Ticket entry to cook off against world competitors in Dallas TX, USA’s Ultimate Food Fight in 2022.

Dates:  Melbourne – 9 – 11 July 2021, Melbourne Convention & Exhibitions Centre, 

Sydney 22 – 24 October 2021, Sydney Showgrounds

Registrations open: 15th March 2021

Instagram:  @worldfoodchampionshipsaus  Facebook:  @worldfoodchampionshipsaustralia



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