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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

Lori Rukstales

HEAD COOK: Lori Rukstales

COMPETITION: World Sandwich Championship


I enjoy eating well, and that is why I also like cooking. One of my favorite things to eat/cook is Christmas cookies, and that's kind of where I "started" focusing on technique. Ideally, a Christmas cookie should be a work of art that is also exquisite to the taste buds, and small enough so that you can have many more. Since cooking is a passion for me, and I also enjoy excelling at what I do, I naturally gravitated to cooking contests. I don't compete regularly, only when I have opportunity, time, inclination, and a good idea. My first win came with a local Gingerbread contest sponsored by my community library. It was the first time I had ever tried to construct anything with Gingerbread, and it was a success - I won just enough money to pay for the materials I put into the Gingerbread carousel I made! But it was such fun, making something so beautiful out of food. I'm not sure why this intrigues and delights me. I guess maybe I have bit of a creative side where my medium is food. The best part is, you can eat your "masterpieces"!