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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!


Blazin' Blues BBQ

HEAD COOK: Dan Richard

COMPETITION: Bacon World Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: 2014 Bacon World Championship Top 10

As head cook of Blazin' Blues BBQ, Dan Richard usually spends his weekend's either competing in competition BBQ and/or dreaming about food! While a professional software salesman during the week, his family heritage is to cook. His mother is his culinary inspiration and owned operated several restaurants (known for pie!), and his Dad was a self-taught butcher and owned an independent Super Market. After placing 24th in 2013 WFC BBQ, which included a top 10 Rib, Dan and his wife, Janice, became the world's biggest fans at the WFC cheering on their favorite BBQ teams and experiencing a whole new world of culinary competition which included Bacon! So when the 2014 WFC Super Regional came to Murphysboro and included bacon, we had to pull out Mom's cookbook and accept the challenge. And what a blast it was! After the first 2014 Bacon round, we were sitting in second place after submitting Mom's pecan pie enhanced with Bacon and Bacon Ice Cream! We stumbled into the finals without ever practicing our final entry and ended up 8th Overall. Not this year, we are coming prepared and ready to bring the best of Momma's cooking to the World Stage!