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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!


The Pit Crew

HEAD COOK: Tina Cannon

COMPETITION: World Open Chili Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: Dillard Bluegrass Festival

I went to Culinary School years ago, wanting to be in hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen. I loved the action packed business that that kept you working for 14-16 hours a days. It was fun; I was single and it was the 80's! Now retired from that part of my life, married and settled down, currently I cater and compete on the BBQ circuit. Cooking for me is not just preparing a meal, its expressing your creative interests and your love for others, sometimes its the only way I can show it! I have a bumper sticker that says "Love People, Cook them Tasty Food" I think that sums me up! Since 2009, I have been one of the few Pitmistress's on my own BBQ Team and I compete in the Southeast. This year I have 3 Grand Championships and one Reserve Grand Championship under my belt, as well as many top 5 calls. I am currently leading across the board in all 4 meat categories in the Georgia BBQ Championship. Last year I competed on Travel Channels American Grilled and won 10K for Grilling Skills! In 2013 I was the first woman to win a Grand Championship for the Sam's Club National BBQ Tour as well as the Prestigious Dillard Georgia Contest, 19 years and I am the first woman to win, Wow, what a honor! I won 3 golden tickets, one in sandwich, one in chili and of course one in BBQ, but I am wanting to branch out in my competition world and compete in some other categories; so watch out for me in more categories in the future! I am looking forward to cooking in a category that I Love! Chili! Its one of my favorite dishes to cook in the winter months when I'm not out on the BBQ Circuit!