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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!


Ellen Verdugo

HEAD COOK: Ellen Verdugo

COMPETITION: World Burger Championship

I started cooking when I moved to San Francisco after college. When my neighborhood butcher, Mr. Bacciagalupe, ground a French garlic sausage into my meat mix, I was hooked! My cooking has changed over the years, but my love of cooking never has. Turn on my stove, tune out the world! First-quality ingredients, freshness and flavor never let me down, so I'll compete with those in mind. I cook for friends, family, fund-raisers and for sponsored national contests when they catch my eye. Having won or placed at National Beef Cook-Off, Sutter Home Burger, Mezzetta and now, with my 1st Place finish in their qualifier, Bubba Burger, and I'm heading to WFC 2016 to compete for the win. My husband and chief taster, Gonzalo Verdugo, will hand me my tools, and my glass of champagne at the end!