Olathe man wins World Food Champion title with mom's cake recipe - KCTV5

Olathe man wins World Food Champion title with mom's cake recipe

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On top of the title, Dave Elliott took home the $50,000 in prize money.  He says he is going to use it to possibly grow a catering business or produce his carrot cake. On top of the title, Dave Elliott took home the $50,000 in prize money. He says he is going to use it to possibly grow a catering business or produce his carrot cake.
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

An Olathe man had a lucky weekend in Las Vegas after he left with a big paycheck and even bigger bragging rights.

Being from the Kansas City metro, one would think the newest World Food Champion would cook up some of the city's famous barbecue. Instead, his dessert took the title.

Barbecuing is Dave Elliott's hobby. He has had no formal training, but his awards show he can cook.

However, he could be trading in his smoker though for a new oven after his most recent competition.

"Originally, I never thought we would make it pass the first round," he said.

Elliott and his mother were invited to compete alongside some of the best culinary talent in the 2013 World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

To their surprise, they had to change their flight plans twice, because they kept winning all the way to the finals.

"My wife suggested just in case you make it, you have to have your mom bring her carrot cake recipe ... because it is a great recipe. It is great carrot cake," he said.

They hit the jackpot. The taste won over a panel of celebrity judges.

"We had comments from three of the judges, and I was just like, 'oh my gosh! You guys loved it,'" he said.

Elliott's killer carrot cake beat out 300 competitors in the barbecue, burger and other categories.

"It is very weird. You kind of think about the whole someday, oh it would be great. You always dream, but you never think that something like that would actually happen," Elliott said.

He had never made his mother's carrot cake before the competition, proving that anyone can walk away a winner.

On top of the title, Elliott took home the $50,000 in prize money. He says he is going to use it to possibly grow a catering business or produce his carrot cake.

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