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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 2023 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 2023 competitors!


Local Eatery and Pub

HEAD COOK: Craig Baker

COMPETITION: World Seafood Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: Tastemaker's Choice

Chef Craig Baker Craig worked his way through college in the back-of-the-house in various restaurants in Pennsylvania and Annapolis, Maryland. After college graduation, he followed his passion to Portland, Oregon and into the kitchen of Assaggio, a popular authentic Italian restaurant, where he served as Chef. Over the following 20 years, he has excelled in the industry. His first restaurant and bar, Echo, in Portland was ranked one of Portland’s top 50 restaurants in 04’-05’ and one of its top 10 new bars of 2004. In 2006, Craig sold Echo to his business partner and relocated to Indiana. He also has had recognition for his work in culinary competitions, industry publications and in the press. Some of his recipes have been featured in the “Best of” lists in both Indianapolis and Portland. In 2012-2014 he was named by Top Chef’s of America, Urban Spoons -Top 100 lists for Family Friendly Meals and Gluten Free in the country, Top 10 Cocktails -best of Charcuterie-Top Meals-Hot Spots, Top 25 Restaurants 2011-2014 by Indy Monthly. The Local has also been recognized by national publications for its mission to support local economies, farms and artisans. Craig is currently a partner in Plow and Anchor, Bent Rail Brewery and the Local Eatery and Pub. He also was the owner of a Ancient Cellars Winery from 2007-2012 when he sold it to his brother to continue the family traditions.