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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!


Chef Nick Gunn

HEAD COOK: Nick Gunn

COMPETITION: World Sandwich Championship

Chef Nick Gunn is the owner – operator of McCarthy & Bailey’s Irish Pub and 419 Catering + Events at The Big Snug. Chef Nick was born and raised in California. He graduated from high school he went on to play college football and baseball at Concordia – Nebraska, and also there he met his wife Sarah while in college. After serving at the Executive Chef in Dover, New Hampshire and Anderson, South Carolina Sarah wanted to come back home to Iowa. Chef Nick and Sarah moved to Sioux City when Chef Nick took the Executive Chef position at the local private country club. He helped open McCarthy & Bailey’s in 2011 and three years later he bought it. Chef Nick has competed in the following events: 10/2016 – Iowa Restaurant Associations: Dine Iowa Gala; 1st Place 6/2017 – Culinary Fight Club – Pork Challenge – Omaha; 2nd Place 7/2017 – Culinary Fight Club – Pit Master Challenge – Omaha; 1st Place 8/2017 - Culinary Fight Club - KC Culinary Fight Fest - 4th Place 11/2017 WFC sandwich category - 30th 12/2017 Culinary Fight Club - Sip & Bit - Omaha - 2nd