License to E.A.T. trains food judges in Dothan

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - World class flame grilled steaks and basil pesto flat breads were on the menu Thursday night in Dothan.

The world food championships made a stop in downtown for "License to E.A.T", a program to train food judges.

"I have always been interested in food, you can tell that by my size,” said World Food Championship Judge-in-training Mike Tew. “I enjoy food."

Mike Tew wanted to take his love of food to the next level, so he signed up for the World Food Competition's License to E.A.T.

He got a taste from two World Food Championship veterans.

The 25 people learned how to score food for the World Food Championships.

"There'll be 450 teams that gather this year in Dallas in October to compete in 10 different categories to come up with an ultimate grand champion," said World Food Championships Alabama Representative Danny Calametti.

Before anyone makes it to the world finals, they have to win a state competition, which is where this training comes into play.

"We're learning about the taste that you would be experiencing, because you may be judging something that's strictly a spice item or it could be a very delicate item, so we're learning the difference between the two and how they flow together,” said Tew.

The World Food Championships uses a system called E.A.T. - execution, appearance and taste - and they assign numerical values accordingly for each dish.

Now that Tew has enlightened his palate, he'll be ready to taste some of the best food Alabama has to offer.

Most of the state qualifiers have already wrapped up for this year's world competition in Dallas, but these judges will be ready to go for the 2020 season.