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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 2024 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 2024 competitors!


Fat Pastor Productions

HEAD COOK: Shawn Niles

COMPETITION: World Burger Championship

The Fat Pastor, Shawn Niles, is the executive chef and founder of Fat Pastor Productions, a culinary collaborative in Yakima, Washington. Fat Pastor Productions is comprised of a free business and culinary school for at-risk students, an underground dining club, high end catering and restaurant consulting. They own 2 restaurants; Il Grasso & The Lab. Shawn is passionate about social transformation and philanthropy. He was featured as one of the top 40 chefs in America on MasterChef, where Gordon Ramsay declared that he was born to cook. He also was on the first season of "Best Leftovers Ever" on Netlflix. Shawn serves as the lead pastor of Dad's House Church in Yakima.