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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!



HEAD COOK: Leonardo Giarraputo

COMPETITION: World Chef Challenge

I have many years of working in restaurants as well as owning my own restaurants in Orlando, where I was able to develop my culinary skills. I also learned all the necessary skills that it takes to operate your own business and how you have to be able to see the many different aspects and the immense span of skills and knowledge it takes to run a successful restaurant. I had the amazing opportunity to work as a chef for Disney in Animal Kingdom. While there I had the wonderful experience as to be able to work with many different chefs from all over the world. We were able to share ideas and techniques that we now all use in our own ways. I now own my own restaurant in a small Louisiana town where everyone has become family, from our loyal guests to my talented team.