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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 2018 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 2018 competitors!

COMPETITOR

Victory Lane BBQ

HEAD COOK: Heath Riles

COMPETITION: World Barbecue Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: 2014 World Barbecue Championship Top 10


I started cooking in KCBS BBQ contests when I was 18 years old. I am now 36 and have been cooking in a variety of contests over the last 18 years. Over the last 9 years, I have cooked mainly MBN BBQ contests. It took several years to develop a winning recipe and I am constantly trying to improve the things that I already have. I am the Pitmaster for Victory Lane BBQ. In 2014, I led Victory Lane to being Hog, Shoulder and Rib Team of the Year on the MBN Circuit. In the 2014 WFC I took 3rd place in the BBQ Round. A few other interesting facts: most people recognize me from a national commercial that I was in, I played Lil Norm; I have been married to my wife, Candace, for 2 years now; I have a 9 year old son named Blaine; I have my own line of BBQ sauces and rubs on the market.