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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 2019 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 2019 competitors!

COMPETITOR

Hoakie Smoakes

HEAD COOK: Dave Overman

COMPETITION: World Recipe Championship


I have been competing in BBQ competition since June 2014; usually with my youngest daughter as Hoakie Smoakes BBQ. In 2015 I teamed up with Dave Adams of G-PA D\'s BBQ. We've had some good successes in competitions since teaming up; taking: 1st place \"Anything Butt\" with a Steak Oscar (2016) and a 1st Place \"Dutch Oven\" Beef Wellington (2017) at the Montana State BBQ Championship, 1st place Potatoes/Onion Benton/Franklin Fair & Rodeo in Washington (2016), and 1st Place (2016 & 2018) and 2nd Place (2017) in the Chili (People\'s Choice) Juarez Canyon Competition in Oregon City, Oregon. In 2016 Dave Adams, as my sous chef, and I first competed in the World Food Championships as Team Hoakie Smoakes in the Steak Category, and we were also the sous chefs for the #3 (Christine James) and #5 (Anthony James) top ten finishers in the 2016 Chili Category. 2017 Dave Adams and I, as the sous chef, returned to the World Food Championships as Team G-Pa D\'s in the Burger Category, and representing the Disabled American Veterans. Known locally at the competition as \"Team DAV\" we spent much of our time promoting awareness to veteran issues such as health care, disability and suicide prevention. In 2018 we again returned to the World Food Championships as Team Hoakie Smoakes in the Chicken Category; once again as "Team DAV" promoting awareness of veteran issues. We finished well in 2018, scoring the highest score of any of the individual chicken dishes, and finishing 4th Place overall in the category.