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We're excited to see the field of competitors who have already won their golden ticket and registered to compete at the 2021 World Food Championships. And we are always proud to announce our special guests and celebrity judges participating in our judging events across the nation - we're sure the championship food certainly helps! Best of luck to our 2021 competitors!

COMPETITOR

Lee Ann Whippen

COMPETITION: World Barbecue Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: 2012 World Food Championships


With nearly 20 years of experience behind the smoker, Lee Ann Whippen has been immersed in the barbecue culture for her entire life. The time spent on her grandmother’s cattle and hog farm, coupled with her father’s affinity for barbecue, proves barbecue runs deep in her blood. Whippen began cooking competitively with her father, Jim “Trim” Tabb, and after nearly two decades Whippen has done everything from a first place finish at the prestigious American Royal National Championship to becoming a successful restaurateur and BBQ icon. Whippen is a 17-year member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and operator/chef of Chicago q.