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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!


El Cortez

HEAD COOK: Shannon Minor

COMPETITION: World Sandwich Championship

I'm from a big family and grew up watching my mum create amazing meals. One of my first cooking experiences was helping my mum with Thanksgiving dinner when I was 12. It may sound cheesy, but seeing the visible enjoyment on my family's faces really resonated with me. Within a couple of years, I was making Thanksgiving dinner on my own, giving my mum a much deserved break! I started working in kitchens when I was 16, working as a dishwasher and making my way up through the ranks. I've been lucky to work under uber talented chefs, and have had some wonderful experiences. I love cooking and food, as it is a universal pleasure. Bring a group of strangers together, start talking about food, and soon stories of family recipes and unforgettable meals will start to emerge.