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HEAD COOK: Malcolm Bedell

COMPETITION: World Sandwich Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: FoodChamp Challenge - Sandwich

My name is Malcolm, and my wife Jillian and I are two kitchen amateurs who have spent our lives together on the move, picking up new ideas and recipes along the way. After spending several years abroad in a tiny fishing village in Mexico, we moved to Maine to document our exploration of the local food scene, as well to share our own cooking endeavors at home. Through our food blog,, we share some of our favorite Maine restaurants, roadside food stands, and seafood shacks, our favorite recipes for comfort food from around the world, as well as the occasional not-so-serious observation on American food culture.

I have been fortunate to win NBC's "Today Show" Chicken Wing Cookoff (judged live on television by the Food Network's Sunny Anderson), with my recipe for Apricot Shellacked Ghost Chile Chicken Wings. In the same year, I also earned second-place finishes in the American Lamb Council's "Lamb Pro-Am" in Boston, and the Wisconsin Cheese Board's "Grilled Cheese Academy." This year, I received the grand prize in the Jones Dairy Farm Contest, as well as the Kenmore Sandwich challenge, which qualified me for this year's contest. This is my second year competing in the World Food Championships.

We don’t have any training or experience in the restaurant business, don’t own any fancy cookware, and have no special equipment. We don’t even own a decent knife. We believe, however, that anyone who cooks, regardless of skill level, can make interesting, inspired, delicious food. Our goal is to help our readers do just that.

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