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The Final Table in Columbia, SC

FREE Family Food + Fun Outdoor Expo

The Final Table is the most high-stakes competition in Food Sport! Named the “Top Southern Summer Destination” by Food & Travel Magazine, Capital City/Lake Murray Country and the University of South Carolina will be the perfect backdrop for Food Sports’ brightest hour. 

Ten finalists will arrive in Columbia on Friday, April 29th. The ten victors have already won the titles of: Bacon World Champion (Jack MacMurray from Missouri), World Barbecue Champion (Robert Smith, Texas), World Burger Champion (Mike Johnson, Missouri), World Chef Champion (Ethan Nguyen, Texas), World Dessert Champion (Evette Rahman, Florida), World Recipe Champion (Liz Waters, Georgia), World Sandwich Champion (Acie Vincent, North Carolina), World Seafood Champion (Carol Koty, Connecticut) and World Steak Champion (Sunny Moody, Tennessee). On Sunday, May 1st, one of these finalists will be named the World’s Top Chef winning $100,000. 

Over the course of two days, these food sport all-stars will be faced with three culinary challenges that are distinctly South Carolina. The event will kick off with a People’s Choice Award Biscuit Challenge, sponsored by Adluh Flour, which involves the chefs creating a biscuit using Adluh Flour; Adluh is the only South Carolina flour mill that is still in operation. 

Other challenges include the chefs catching their own ingredient while fishing with a guide on Lake Murray. Yes, that’s right … the chefs must catch a fish on Lake Murray! The winning chef will not only receive the cash prize, but will also have their winning dish on the menu at the McCutchen House. 

Since the high-stakes competition is closed to the public, Capital City/Lake Murray Country is hosting a FREE Family, Food + Fun Outdoor Expo on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-3pm at Boyd Plaza at the Columbia Museum of Art. The Expo, emceed by WCOS’s Jonathon Rush, will include live entertainment by Country Music Star, Cody Webb, hands-on, family friendly interactive exhibits, lots of food, and live streamed coverage of the competition. Expo attendees can participate in the People’s Choice Award Biscuit Challenge by sampling biscuits made by the top chefs and vote for their favorite. 

Virginia Willis, Food Network Kitchen Chef and Author, will be at the Expo signing her book, Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South, which features stories on South Carolina. 

South Carolina State Park’s will have a booth with an Oculus virtual tour experience. The virtual reality headset takes users on a simulated 360-degree hike up to Table Rock State Park. EdVenture Children’s Museum and Pure Fishing will have additional fun activities for the kids!  If you’re interested in being an Expo vendor, contact Vickie Davis, 

To help with hunger relief in our region, the Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board is partnering with Harvest Hope Food Bank. During April 1-28th, food donations will be accepted at the Lake Murray Country Visitors Center. (2184 N. Lake Drive, Columbia). Harvest Hope provides over 50,000 meals a week for those suffering from hunger. 

The FREE Family, Food + Fun Outdoor Expo would not be possible without our event sponsors: Nephron Pharmaceuticals, The South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, Main Street District and Sounds & Images. 

Create your own Biscuit Challenge at home using one of Adluh's favorite recipes. 

Adluh Savory Savory Biscuits
(to feed a crowd)


  6 cups Adluh Biscuit Mix with Yellow Flakes

  1 1/2 Tbs Italian Seasoning 

  1 1/2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded

  1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded

  1 1/2 - 3 cups Water May also use milk


Add Italian seasoning and shredded cheeses to dry biscuit mix. Stir to blend. Add liquid and mix until all dry ingredients are wet.

For loaf: Use 3 cups liquid, spread mixture into greased or sprayed baking dish. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter or margarine. Cut into squares.

For drop biscuits: Use 2 cups liquid, drop mixture by tablespoon onto greased or sprayed pan and follow above baking directions. For cut biscuits: use 1 1/2 cups liquid, pour batter on well-floured surface and knead several times forming a ball. Flour top of ball and roll out to 3/4 inch thick. Cut with floured biscuit cutter, place on greased or sprayed baking pan and follow same baking directions. Yield: 42 2" biscuits.