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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!



HEAD COOK: Beni Velasquez

COMPETITION: World Chef Challenge

Restaurateur and Executive Chef Beni Velazquez was raised in New York City. The dishes he creates are based not only on the food he was surrounded by growing up, but also by his extensive travels throughout Europe. Chef Beni solidified his place in the local Las Vegas restaurant scene Downtown in the Las Vegas Arts District. He is not only an accomplished chef, but also a contributing food author, food stylist, consultant, nutritionist, and culinary public speaker. Chef Beni’s eclectic style of Latin cusinine has earned him a spot in several "Best Of" lists in national, international and regional publications; Zagat rated “One of One” in Pan Latin cuisine, Three Squares Food Bank’s Chef Council in Las Vegas; Chef Representative for March of Dimes; along with Flavors of the Heart Chef for the American Heart Association. Chef Beni has also been a contestant on Food Network's Chopped and is now looking to open his newest venture in Summerlin—Latin Fish.