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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 2018 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 2018 competitors!


Tree Huggin' Hippie Chili

HEAD COOK: Alex Tanalski

COMPETITION: World Open Chili Championship

I am a self taught Chef cooking over 20 years. I started cooking in competitions and have developed culinary skills cooking under pressure. The Great Petaluma Chili Cook off (GPCC)1998 was my first chili win and have won over 35+ awards in the competition and helped raise over 150,000K for the Petaluma Children's Cinnabar Theater. I am a 4 time Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) California State Champion 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2014. I have qualified to cook in the CASI International Chili Championship in Terlingua Texas and completed 5 times for the World Championship. In 2014 I competed in the Healdsburg California Executive Winery Chef Chili Cook off representing Thumbprint Winery and won 2 of the six categories. In 2015 we competed again in Healdsburg and Won 4 of the 6 chili categories. It was a great honor to win the Hormel 125 Anniversary Chili Nation Challenge which qualifying me to go to the WFC in Orange Beach. I competed in the 2015 WFC and in the 2016 WFC competition, took first place in Structured Finals and made it to the top 10 finalist.