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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

DeeDee Lin

COMPETITION: World Dessert Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: Southwest Chocolate Fest


Growthing up I watched my mother cook for a family of nine. She would make everything from scratch without using any recipes. That's where I got my love for cooking. We immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan when I was 10 years old. Throughout my teenage years, my mom had a small Chinese restaurant where I spent a lot of time working there. While I was going college, I had a waitressing job at a fine dining French restaurant where I first learned about western cuisines. Over the years, I have experimented on my family with my creations on many occasions. Then I decided to take on something that I had never been exposed before, baking. I begin to bake by trial and error, especially living in a high altitude country in New Mexico. My passion for making cakes and desserts grew as I became more confident with the success. My first competition was at 2012 Southwest Chocolate and Coffee festival where I took 2nd place best chocolate baker. I entered in the same competition for 2013 and took 1st place best chocolate baker title.