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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!


Crooked Pigs

HEAD COOK: Matt Hanson

COMPETITION: World Barbecue Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: Gold Buckle Champion's Taste of Idaho Adventures

My name is Matt Hanson. I am 32 years old. I am a food enthusiast, amateur chef, and attorney at law. I practice criminal defense and immigration law. While I have competed in several dessert type contests and small food contests, the qualifying event for the WFC was my first major BBQ competition. In fact, I created my team just before the qualifying competition. My team name is Crooked Pigs, fitting for a criminal defense attorney. My brother and my fiance are my teammates. MY brother is a classically trained chef. Together we have a huge passion for bbq, and we are definitely the dark horse team in this competition. While we are inexperienced in bbq competitions, we have culinary skills that will rival the best teams. We beat several well-known bbq teams to qualify and we are ready to win this competition.