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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!

COMPETITOR

Springfield Business2Business

HEAD COOK: Rick Shirrell

COMPETITION: World Open Chili Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: World Open Chili Championship


I am the former owner of a meat plant where we produced custom meat products for food service. I picked up a lot of of ideas from all of the chefs I had dealt with from restaurants over the years. I have been entering chili and BBQ competitions for over 20 years. Cooking not just good food but food that people taste it and say " that is the best I ever had is my satisfaction in cooking" I love to put a smile on someone's face when they taste anything I have cooked. People have always asked me why I don't open a restaurant. My answer is always cooking then becomes work. RJ and I started cooking together for the Sertoma Chili Championships a few years ago and it made for a perfect match. It brought together 2 distinct ideas and melded into a great collaborative chili.