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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!


Michael Watkins

COMPETITION: World Open Chili Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: Fire on the Mountain Regional - Snowshoe, WV (Verde)

aka "Chili Elvis" cooks and entertains ICS and CASI chili cook-off crowds all over the mid-Atlantic. The "Big E" qualified and cooked at the ICS WCCC in 2011 and 2012 and the CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship in 2011. He also qualified for the 2012 Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert - Wick Fowler Championship Chili Cookoff. Recent awards include: 1st Place Chile Verde, 2012 Fire on the Mountain, Snowshoe, WV (ICS); 1st Place Red Chili, 2012 Main Street Heat, Mt. Airy, MD (ICS); and 1st Place Red Chili, 2010 Old House Vineyards, Culpeper, VA (CASI). Chili Elvis is bringing his "dinner and floor show" to the Vegas Strip at the WFC. Don't miss him Saturday as he performs some of his #1 hits including: Corn Bread (sung to the tune of Hound Dog), Green Chile Stew (sung to the tune of Blue Suede Shoes), and Baby let me be your Chili Man (sung to the tune of Teddy Bear). You don't want to miss this performance! And watch out because CHILI ELVIS will have his chili mojo working! Remember, 50,000,000 Chili Elvis fans can't be wrong!