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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 Palacio

HEAD COOK: Anthony Serrano

COMPETITION: World Chef Challenge

Born and raised in Arizona, Chef Anthony has worked in the restaurant business since early teens. His family opened their first restaurant when he was 2 years old and he’s loved cooking for as long as he can remember. Chef Anthony’s family lives to cook and coming up with new creations is a family past time. In addition to learning much from his dad who also is Chef, he attended the Le Cordon Bleu and earned his bachelors degree in Culinary Management. Over the course of the past few years he has have found a new passion in competitive cooking. Chef Anthony has won over 50 awards in several state cooking competitions and participated in the World Food Championship where he placed 2nd in his category in 2014. Currently he is the owner and executive Chef of El Palacio & Desert Rose Catering. His culinary point of view is nothing in the kitchen goes wrong you just have to adapt. Chef Anthony is a firm believer of adapting and overcoming in life and in the kitchen. He finds it fun to teach and inspire people to cook better and get over fears of cooking new and difficult dishes. For info visit his blog at