At the local level, from talking with the contestants, it seems pretty easy to enter. Know when you get to the World Championships that it's a different story. I'm already jotting down ideas, created a WORD file, and will enter locally next year. Who knows, cooking competitions are a crap shoot, you can be the best and have a bad day. I could be the $100,000 winner next year or get shut out locally. In any event I'll have fun, try some different things with my burgers, and still walk away with a good time and a nice plaque that says I'm a "World Food Championship Local Finalist".
* IHP Cactus Farm & Sauce Shack *
18 1/2 & 22 1/2" WSM
22 1/2" OTS
26 3/4" OTG