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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 2018 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 2018 competitors!


LJ Washington

COMPETITION: World Sandwich Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: Santa Barbara Independent Sandwich Showdown

"Laissez les bons temps rouler"!!!!....meaning "Let the good times roll". A common saying to us local New Orleans natives or should I say, N'awlins. My name is L. J. and I am a N'awlins native living in Carpinteria, CA. I am a registered nurse, violinist, and amateur home chef; meaning I have the ability to medicate you, entertain you, and cook for you all at the same time. Impressive? Indeed! My winning moments in the culinary competitive world are: The Santa Barbara Independent Sandwich Showdown 2012 which I won against two professional sandwich chefs and restaurant owners in the local area, and the 2012 KEYT-TV News Backyard BBQ where I began learning how to BBQ right after being selected for the competition....Hey I did'nt even own a grill! I also had the exciting opportunity to compete as a finalists in the 2012 Santa Barbara Independent Sizzling Summer BBQ, The Today Show Father's Day Burger Battle June 2013 live in New York City, and in the Sandwich Division at the World Food Championships 2013. I can't wait till Novemeber. I'm ready to "Let the good times roll" in Las Vegas at the World Food Championships 2014. Step aside Lady Luck, L.J.'s on her way bringing her southern charm, her wit, and a pot of gumbo.