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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!


Croix Valley

HEAD COOK: Lu Holter

COMPETITION: World Burger Championship

Lu Holter is an enthusiastic & creative BBQ competitor and home cook. She loves all foods and is passionate about finding new ways to use ingredients in dishes. In 2017 she finished in the top 10 in Bacon and this year she is excited to switch her focus back to her true love - Barbecue! She and her husband, Damon, own Croix Valley Foods in River Falls, WI. They produce all natural sauces, marinades, dry rubs, spices and Bloody Mary seasonings. The have won numerous international awards with their products and are both fiercely competitive. This will be Lu's 5th time competing in the WFC - in 2014 and 2015 she competed in the pasta category and bacon in 2016 & 2017, with her highest finish a 4th place in 2014. She is very excited to see old friends, make new friends and be a part of this great event again!