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Meet the World Food Champions

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2022 World Food Champion - John McFadden
Australian Chef John McFadden claimed the coveted title of World Food Champion at the 10th World Food Championships’ Final Table in Bentonville, Ark., earlier this year in May. McFadden, who won the category title of World Seafood Champion at WFC’s Main Event in Dallas last November, went on to best nine other category champions in a three-round culinary gauntlet designed to test skills, technique, creativity and time management.  Click here to read more.

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2021 World Food Champion - Preston Nguyen
For most culinary students, acing a final test simply means they are ready and prepared to pursue a real world career in the culinary industry. But for Preston Nguyen, a Sophomore at Dallas College, the final test he aced earned him a massive starting bonus that will solidify his career for years to come. Click here to read more.

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2019 World Food Champion - Lidia Haddadian

California’s Lidia Haddadian, known as the “Diamond Chef” in Food Sport, has finally claimed her World Food Champion title after defeating nine other talented category champions in a culinary gauntlet that occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana. The two-time category champion, who originally claimed her titles at the World Food Championships in 2018 and 2019, went home to Pasadena with her name engraved on the event’s golden platter and the $100,000 grand prizeClick here to read more.

2018 World Food Champion - Jacqueline Seavey

Jacqueline Seavey, who is the executive sous chef at Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, Mississippi, managed to beat out nine other category champs to claim the coveted food crown and $100,000 prize. All of the food-fighting action was revealed on a special two-part docu-series on CNBC. Click here to read more.

2017 World Food Champion - Lisa Gwatney

Lisa Gwatney from Memphis, Tennessee beat out nine other category champs to claim the coveted food crown at the World Food Championships Final Table which was presented by Walmart. Gwatney’s $100,000 prize-winning steak dish, “The Last Supper,” featured a Wagyu Ribeye Filet, grilled and seared, topped with truffle butter sauteed mushrooms, seared Fois Gras, and an Amarone reduction. Click here to read more.

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2016 World Food Champion - Kari Luke

Kari Luke spends her life surrounded by food. Together with her husband, Bryan, Luke owns a convenience store in Cissna Park, IL, a small town between Chicago and Champaign. From this modest locale, the world of competitive cooking has thrust Luke into the headlines as the 2016 World Food Champion thanks to her signature rib-eye steak that wowed a distinguished panel of judges at the fifth annual World Food Championships held in November at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL. Click Here to Read More

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2015 World Food Champion - Loren Hill

A longtime competition barbecue team –– The Smoking Hills ––from Overland Park, Kansas earned $100,000, beating more than 1,100 competitive chefs, home cooks and Food Sport enthusiasts in a week-long battle for the World Food Championships 
title in central Florida.

The 2015 World Food Champions, Cheryl and Loren Hill, also took home an additional $10,000 for winning the Barbeque qualifying category, as did the eight other finalists who won their qualifying category. Click Here to Read More

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2014 World Food Champion – Ricardo Heredia

Ricardo Heredia was named the 2014 World Food Champion, winning $100,000 and bragging rights as the best competition cook/chef. Heredia, qualified for the Final Table by winning the Bacon World Championship - one of nine categories represented at the WFC - besting a packed playing field of more than 400 competitors over the weeklong, tournament-style event. The World Food Championships took place in Downtown Las Vegas culminating in a Final Table best-in-show matchup between the nine category champions in front of a panel of discerning celeb foodies who ultimately named Chef Heredia the World Food Champion. Click Here to Read More

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2013 World Food Champion –– Dave Elliott

The 2013 World Food Championships was comprised of seven competition categories: barbecue, chili, burger, sandwich, pasta, bacon and dessert. More than 300 competitors began the tournament-style competition, which eventually narrows down to seven category champions. Dave Elliott represented the Dessert Category at the WFC Final Table and walked away winning some major cash and bragging rights as he was deemed the 2013 World Food Champion! Click Here to Read More

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2012 World Food Champion – Robert Butler

Robert Butler was crowned the first-ever World Food Champion. Butler bested over 30 great sandwich cooks and chefs to get to the Final Table, topped all seven category champions and won over the judges to earn his moment of glory. Of almost 300 total competitors who competed in the World Food Championships, Butler most skillfully and "tastefully" managed to make his way to the top; an impressive tale to tell for years.
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