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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

Gettin' Basted

HEAD COOK: Brad Leighninger

COMPETITION: World Barbecue Championship


Brad Leighninger is the head chef of the championship winning Gettin' Basted Competition BBQ Team. A professional slacker with a keen eye for obscure collectibles, Brad recently opened the award winning Gettin' Basted restaurant in Branson, Missouri. Many wasted years spent in the bartending and restaurant business honed his passion for all things food and drink. Brad travels the globe seeking his next transcendental pork experience. His current goal is to make something that 'tastes like that pig I had in Puerto Rico'.