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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

Spice Your Life Rub Your Meat BBQ

HEAD COOK: Michael Hogan

COMPETITION: Bacon World Championship


My full time job is a Safety Consultant for The Cure Safety in Omaha, NE. I am also a Certified American Heart CPR and First Aid Instructor. My Mother was my first Culinary Instructor when I was 12, leaving detailed instructions on how to prepare dinner while she and my Dad were at work. At age 16 started working at Big Boy Restaurants and then followed my Manager to Brandeis and Younkers Catering and Food Service. Currently the Chief Cook for the Competition Team, Spice Your Life Rub Your Meat. I am a Certified Barbeque Judge and a former Board Member of The Greater Omaha Barbeque Society. I love watching food shows and then doing my own take on the dish. I do cooking demos once a month from April through September at Fireplace Stone and Patio of Nebraska. I also do cooking demos at the local Savory Spice Shop. Last year was the first time at WFC in the Bacon Catagory. Finished 29th out of 32 but our Cornbread dish finished 6th. Ran out of time on our Signature Dish and had to turn it in as is. My son John was my Sous Chef and plans to make the trip again this year. We made several new friends in 2016 and hope to see them all again this year and make new ones.