South Mississippian named World Food Champion and wins $100K grand prize

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Did Gulfport Chef Jacqueline “Jackie” Seavy walk away with the title of “World Food Champion” and a $100,000 dollar grand prize in this weekend’s final round Cnbc’s World Food Championship?

We are pleased to announce yes, she did! Chef Seavey, who is the executive sous chef at Gulfport’s Island View Casino, represented our area, and state well, in Saturday’s nationally televised competition, edging out the two other finalists, to capture the title of 7th annual food champion.

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Along with her $100,000 grand prize winnings, Seavey’s winning dish “kumquat duck & cornbread waffle canapes,” will be featured at Antoine’s Restaurant In New Orleans.

As seen in Saturday’s one-hour special, “The Final Table: New Orleans,” Seavey was one of 10 category champions who emerged from WFC’s main event in 2018. After three intense rounds of competition, Chef Seavey proved to be the best at mastering creole-inspired cuisine, while impressing regional restauranteurs, including Dickie Brennan and Chef Rich Lee At Antoine’s.

The search for the next World Food Champion will start all over again in October in Dallas.

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Payton Malone grew up in the small town of Archer City, Texas before moving to Norman, Oklahoma where he attended the University of Oklahoma. During his time at OU he interned as a meteorologist at KOCO in Oklahoma City where he experienced all types of weather ranging from tornadoes, flooding and winter storms. Payton received his Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Minor in Meteorology. Payton's interest in weather began at the very young age of six after a local broadcast meteorologist talked to his class about preparing for severe weather. That along with growing up in the middle of Tornado Alley, Payton has been hooked to the weather ever since. He is excited to move to the Gulf Coast and start a new adventure away from the plains. He loves venturing around the area finding new coffee shops, local places to eat, and he looks forward to being involved in the communities on the Mississippi coast. You can follow Payton on social media: Facebook: @paytonmalonewx Twitter: @paytonmalonewx Instagram: @paytoncmalone

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