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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

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HEAD COOK: Stefano Ceresoli

COMPETITION: World Pasta Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: Chef's Roll


“Ciao, sono chef Stefano Ceresoli” I transported the essence of my Milan birthplace to the beautiful setting of San Diego where I moved almost 20 years ago and opened three successful restaurants: “Caffe’ Bella Italia” in Kearny Mesa, in 1996, a second location in Pacific Beach in 1999 and my biggest project: “Solare” restaurant Lounge, which I personally designed, completed in 2008, after over a year of constructions. Then I decided to free myself for a “sabbatical” year and sold the last restaurants within the last two years. I got time to regenerate and spent some months in my country for a culinary travel experience. I came along new places, restaurants, new concepts, new trends, but at the end everything confirmed my biggest belief: fresh ingredients, simplicity and the joy to eat “together” is what Italian cuisine and mine are all about! As a native who knows the nice ties of Mediterranean dining, I pride myself in preparing everything from scratch. Fresh pasta is my specialty and one of my signature dishes is “Ravioli di Zucca e Salsiccia”, stuffed with butternut squash, Italian sausage, in a browned butter sauce with poppy seeds. Something more personal about me? It is hard to describe your self, but everybody says that I have a super energetic personality and it is contagious! I think it is true, not only because I have double adrenaline in my blood stream than a normal person (it is not a joke), but because I love Life and I am so passionate about what I do. I come from an Italian family of restaurateurs and wine makers and after studying interior design, I went for culinary school. I quit my well-paid job at a major insurance company to open a bakery-fresh pasta shop in Milan "Mister Michetta" and found my self waking up at 2 am in the morning to dig my hands in flower, every day for 6 years! Call me crazy! How I ended up in the States? This is a cute other story, but lets keep it for next time we meet!