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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

Chef Manny FD

HEAD COOK: Emanuel Washington

COMPETITION: World Sandwich Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: World Sandwich Championship


Whether making dinner with my grandma Georgia Bell or baking desserts with my mom Sandra, those experiences shaped the kind of chef I would become today. I am grateful I had the chance to grow up creating memories so rich (so rich I can still smell both of their kitchens!) with the two most important women in my life. As a retired firefighter of the City of Miami, my dad Emanuel Sr. (or, "Pop") also played a defining role in my career by showing me the ways of the firehouse chef. I started off as a rookie making grilled chicken breasts, and now I've been on Cutthroat Kitchen making Flamb├ęs. From cooking for my FD colleagues, to winning my first cooking challenge on TV, my identity as a foodie continues to evolve. Enjoying the opportunity to increase knowledge and culinary skill. Follow me on my journey, and let me fire up your taste buds!!!!!