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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

Team Pink

HEAD COOK: Robert Kraatz Jr.

COMPETITION: World Invitational Steak Championship


I am an un-schooled Sous Chef currently working at SALT@San Roc Cay under Executive Chef Chris Sherrill and Chef de Cuisine Landon Benton. I started in the service industry way back in high school as a way to make money while writing and performing in punk rock bands. l spent a few years in the US Army, doing one tour of duty in Iraq, before coming home to the Gulf Coast. After my service in the Army I got back into cooking and developed a serious love for the blending of craft and art. As I studied more and challenged myself by taking on positions with better kitchens and better Chefs my passion deepened. I spent countless hours reading cookbooks from any genre, blogs about cooking, watching shows about food and cooking, and just generally becoming a kitchen addict. My current goals are to continue to work for the best chefs I can find, eventually leading to the dream of opening a kitchen in the Pacific Northwest inspired by the comfort foods I love and presenting them in a highly refined execution.