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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!


Dessert First

HEAD COOK: Karen Smithson

COMPETITION: World Dessert Championship

I was born and raised in the Dallas, TX and surrounding area. I have lived in TX, MT, MO, AK, AR and MN with each of those places having some sort of influence upon my culinary tastes . I really began to learn to cook early in my marriage. It became something that I thoroughly enjoyed doing for my family. I entered my first cooking competition in the late 1990's that was sponsored by a local grocery store. I ended up placing first in one category and honorable mention in another. It greatly boosted my confidence in experimenting in the kitchen. After my oldest daughter married and had a family of her own she began food contesting and encouraged me to enter contests along with her. It was a great time for her and I to spend time together. She has had far more success than I but she always encourages me to keep going.