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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 2022 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 2022 competitors!



HEAD COOK: Juan Carlos Santiago Rivera

COMPETITION: World Barbecue Championship

Since childhood I liked the BBQ for my father. I started preparing BBQ in the back yard of my house. When I became an adult, I started visiting the first competitions of the Caribbean BBQ, but was only going to observe. In 2014 I decided to try my luck winning second place in wings. The I competed in several private competitions winning the Grand Champions. I have competed in the categories of ribs,pork,brisket,hamburger,chicken,wings,seafood and dessert. For the year 2015 I competed in the Smokin\'\' Hot BBQ competition winning first place in chicken wings. In 2016 in Smokin Hot BBQ in San Juan, P.R. win again first place in wings and got the Anciliary Gran Champion. In Smokin Hot BBQ in Mayaguez,P.R. I won first place in pork shouder,second in hamburger and third in overall. \r\n