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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!


Makeover My Leftover

HEAD COOK: Susanne Duplantis

COMPETITION: World Open Chili Championship

I grew up in New Orleans standing on a step-stool in my grandmother's kitchen. I was her little sous chef long before I ever knew that term. I worked 22 years as general manager and catering chef in the restaurant industry. In 2014, I suffered a stroke. I had to leave the business I loved but fortunately my passion, cooking, remained strong as ever. Seeing my share of food waste over the years inspired me to begin my food blog, Makeover My Leftover. My goal is to help families reduce food waste and save money. I cater intimate gatherings and teach small cooking classes. I enjoy doing cooking demos and food waste workshops. I have a monthly segment on a CBS affiliate station and am writing my first cookbook--on leftovers, of course! I got a taste of the WFC competition as a food blogger in 2015, which motivated me to become a Certified E.A.T. Judge in 2016. I made my first appearance in the 2017 Championships in the Chili category. I learned so much from fellow competitors and I am excited to enter the kitchen for my WFC 2018 Burger Battle.