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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!


Big Mike

HEAD COOK: Michael Mengelkamp

COMPETITION: World Seafood Championship

I've been cooking since I was five, when my grandpa taught me how to make eggs. Since then, it's been impossible to keep me out of the kitchen. I wanted to learn everything. I watched every cooking show that I could, my favorite being Good Eats. Pretty soon I was experimenting for myself, not just going by recipes. Once I got into high school I immediately signed up for every cooking class that I could. I was eager to impress my teachers, so while my classmates were struggling to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch, I was making steak, risotto, and steamed broccolini (People learned very quickly to be a part of my group when we cooked). Pretty soon Mr. Stanhill, my culinary teacher, was signing me up for competitions, trying to get me involved in C-Cap. Shortly after he told me about the Teen Challenge Cook-off, and here we are.