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Central’s Executive Chef Competes at World Food Championship!

Monday, November 7, 2016

For Immediate Release

Montgomery, AL (Monday, November 7, 2016)  
Central Restaurant’s executive chef, Brandon Burleson, was selected to compete in the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama this week. This is the world’s largest event in food sports and will take place Nov 9-15th. A mix of corporate, restaurant and amateur chefs will be competing for a $300,000 prize purse and the title of 2016 World Food Champion. Chef Brandon is the only chef representing the River Region this year and is competing in two qualifying events on Thursday and Friday. If he makes the top 10 on any of the competitions, he will continue on to the finals Saturday. River Region residents are encouraged to follow him throughout the completion via social media on Facebook as Chef Brandon Burleson and on Instagram as ChefBrandonB.

Chef Brandon came to Central in April of 2016 and is influenced by the bold flavors from New Orleans to the Caribbean, the availability of fresh gulf seafood, and the traditional southern dishes he grew up to love. He has truly brought a unique twist to Southern classics. Chef Brandon has represented Alabama across the country competing in events such as National Shrimp Festival Restaurant Challenge and taking home top honors.

This year will be Chef Brandon’s 3rd time competing at the World Food Championships and his first time representing Central Restaurant and the River Region. Having previously competed in the World Food Championships, he placed in the Top 10 at World Seafood Championship competing against chefs from over 37 states and 8 different countries.

About World Food Championships
The World Food Championships is the largest competition in food sport, where champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of $300,000. The World Food Championships platform ranges from live-event integration and activations to a robust multimedia platform that serves culinary stars, home cooks, brands and destinations. In four short years, WFC has awarded more than $1 million in prizes and money, spawned a TV series, garnered more than 5 billion media impressions and launched numerous professional careers for successful contestants. To attend or receive media passes, please visit

About Central
Central, located at 129 Coosa Street in the heart of Montgomery’s Downtown entertainment district, offers a unique twist on southern classics highlighting local and seasonal ingredients. This locally owned gem serves wood-fired dishes in an 1890’s warehouse space boasting exposed brick, flickering gas lanterns and a bustling open kitchen. Central also has three private event spaces ranging accommodating 10 – 300 people. Central serves lunch 5 days a week and dinner 6 nights a week. For reservations, call 334.517.1155, 334-517-1121 for events or visit the website at