Glass technicians are just one of the several professions making sport of their trade.
Deep down inside every cook and chef probably harbors a desire to be an Iron Chef. For the vast majority who never get to square off in Kitchen Stadium, there are many other venues for them to take a stand. The elite chefs of the world may set their sights on the James Beard Award or perhaps a Michelin star. In the U.K., the prestigious Le Salon Culinaire International De Londres pits international chefs against each other in such categories as works in fat, preparation of a plated three-course fine-dining meal, tea pastries and miniature sugar flowers.
Less auspicious, and closer to home, chefs and cooks can always seek acclaim at any number of "celebrity" cook-offs to benefit charity or at trade events such as the Americas Food and Beverage Show. Held most recently in Miami, it showcased a two-day battle between domestic and international chefs.Last year, the World Police and Fire Games was held in New York City; in 2013, the games move overseas, to Belfast. Held every two years, approximately 8,000 entrants (active and retired) representing police agencies and fire departments from more than 70 countries face off during 10 days of competitions that include track, swimming, golf, stair races, mountain biking, flag football and ultimate fighting. CSX Corp. (CSX), a leader in rail-based transportation services, holds a National Safe Driving Championship each year in Jacksonville, Fla., where the company is based. "We focus on truck drivers because they move shipping containers for CSX, either over the highway or in our terminals," says Gary Sease, a CSX spokesman. The driving championship, now in its ninth year, promotes safety awareness. The drivers are owner-operators of the trucks that pick up or deliver the containers for CSX's intermodal business. There's also a division for "hostlers," the drivers who move containers around terminals. This past January, the specially designed courses for the competition were set up at the large parking lots at Everbank Field, home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.