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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

Merkin Vineyards Osteria

HEAD COOK: Christopher Smith

COMPETITION: World Recipe Championship


An Arizona Native. Started school studying Political Science and Journalism, then found real passion and went to Scottsdale Culinary Institute. After graduation, I became a chef at different resorts and brick and mortar places. Later, I opened my own place, Seed. I focus on using local and indigenous ingredient. I am sort of a purist and let the ingredients speak for themselves. Today I am fortunate enough to be able to have 3 greenhouses and 2 orchards to fuel my fire to create. You're only as good as your last plate...….