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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!



HEAD COOK: Kriston Poe

COMPETITION: World Recipe Championship

I'm an Arizona native and I love spending time with my family, enjoying the outdoors and working with recipes to try out on my family and friends. I work as a High School Culinary Instructor and teach grades 9th-12th from the basics of cooking and baking to professional cooking. As an instructor I am always encouraging my students to challenge themselves to perfect their culinary skills. I had the privilege of attending the WFC in 2017 in Alabama with one of my students, as his Sous Chef who earned a Golden Ticket after competing in the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. That was a life changing moment for me as an instructor. Plating and competing to be the best in my kitchen has become a priority everyday at school. My passion to challenge my students to do their best has fueled my passion to do my best. I was determined to enter a food competition so I could return to the WFC. Earlier this year I entered the 2019 Taste of America in Arizona and placed 2nd which qualified me for this years competition. Culinary is a passion of mine and I want everyone that I cook for to know, I put my heart in soul in to each and every dish I create.