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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!


Dark Horse

HEAD COOK: Craig Baker

COMPETITION: World Seafood Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: 2014 World Seafood Championship Top 10

Chef Craig Baker Craig worked his way through college in the back-of-the-house in various restaurants along the east coast. 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 and relocated to Indiana. He has had recognition for his work in culinary competitions, industry publications and in the press. Some of his recipes have been featured across the country in press and publication. He also has appeared in many television, radio and culinary demonstrations promoting different charities, restaurants and competitions. Craig is currently a chef/partner in Plow and Anchor, Bent Rail Brewery and the Local Eatery and Pub. The restaurants have also been recognized by national publications for its mission to support local economies, farms and artisans.