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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!


JRG Steaks, Cicero Company, LLC

HEAD COOK: Lisa Gwatney

COMPETITION: World Invitational Steak Championship

My name is Lisa Gwatney. I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan to an Italian Father and Irish Mother. I grew up around food and living on a farm had a true respect for where food came from and how it was produced. When my husband, Russell Gwatney, a seasoned food competitor and I became empty nesters, I became very focused on perfecting my craft. I am all about natural, locally sourced products that are healthy, flavorful, and fun to eat. I love having friends over and would every day if I could. I don\'t believe in things being fussy or perfect. Just super yummy and having great conversations and fun with family and friends. I love life; love my family; love my friends and food brings us all together. Growing up in a family that taught me the true value of healthy, locally sourced food, and casual gatherings with those we love is what life is all about.