WFC Decal

World Food Championship decal adorning the window of Kirby’s Diner.

It was really great to see the World Food Championships from the from the other side of the camera.  The adrenaline started pumping just watching the intensity and imagination of the competitors.  I sort of felt like I was in a sequel to the movie Groundhog Day!

For those of you that missed it, the World Food Championships | World Burger Competition finally aired on A+E FYI Network.  The Pit Crew of KirbyG’s competed in the Las Vegas event after receiving an exclusive invitation as Atlanta’s Best of the Big A | Best Burger in Atlanta.  We competed against some of the best burger chefs, home cooks, restaurateurs, and professional competitors from around the world.  Some were even legendary.

As I told a physically and mentally drained Pit Crew afterwards, I was very proud of them.  Although we did not win the event, it’s quite an honor to be considered one of the best.   Your boundaries are pushed beyond their limits while your creativity is literally stuck in overdrive.  It’s like riding a roller coaster while flipping one behemoth burger.  It is extremely hard.   Yet, in the process, we made some great friends, learned valuable lessons, and we had a lot of fun. 

Muhammad Ali once said, “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”   Six years ago, Erica and I never dreamed of being at the World Food Championships.  For that matter, we never envision championship caliber burgers.  Our dreams were far more simple.  We just wanted to open a family diner that had great food and a great fifties experience.  Then, the financial world came crashing down , and we were hanging on for dear life.  Miraculously, our family diner  survived the crash thanks to family, friends, fans, and of course God’s grace.  Looking back now, I realize that sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.  We were pursuing some of the same qualities that lead us to the World Food Championships.  We were willing to take a risk, fall on our face, then get up and do it all over again.  #VegasOrBust2014!

About KirbyG’s Diner & Pub
2013 World Food Championships | World Burger Competitor 
(aired on July 10, 2014 on AE FYI Network; formerly Bio./Biography)

2013 Best of the Big A | Best Burger in Atlanta (;
2012* Best of the Big A | Best Burger in Atlanta (;
2008* Top 5 Burger Place on Southside I-285 (;

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