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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 2022 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 2022 competitors!


The Depot Bistro

HEAD COOK: Stuart Gates

COMPETITION: World Sandwich Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: Best Sandwich in the South

Chef Stuart Gates is the chef/owner of The Depot Coffee House and Bistro in Hattiesburg, MS. Having schooled at Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, SC, he moved back to his hometown to open up "The Depot" in October of 2010. The Depot also serves as the catering arm to The Venue, an adjoined 10,000 sq. ft. event which hosts weddings and various large events. Along with sous chef Daniel Mann, Gates qualified for the WFC with an applewood smoked meatloaf sandwich (featuring grass-fed beef from good friend and local farmer Mike Stonnington), on gruyere cheese and scallion johnny cakes, with crab-boiled pickles, and a green tomato and bacon jam.