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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!

COMPETITOR

Old Virginia Smoke

HEAD COOK: Luke Darnell

COMPETITION: World Barbecue Championship


Luke Darnell is the pitmaster of Old Virginia Smoke, which has been competing on the KCBS Barbecue Circuit for 5 seasons. Winner of multiple grand championships, reserve grand championships, and many other awards, Old Virginia Smoke is the current World Barbecue Champion, winning that title at the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. Luke resides in Bristow, Virginia, and cooks with his wife, Kimberly, and best friend Leigh Anne Terry.