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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

PoP’s Catering

HEAD COOK: Steve Madrigal

COMPETITION: World Seafood Championship


I learned to cook at a young age, old school, from my mom and my grandma. I began cooking full, complete meals for my family at the age of 7. I entered my first cooking competition at a church. It was cooking meatloaf and my competition consisted of all the elderly women of the church. I won at the age of 16. At 24 I started catering for private events, weddings, parties, personal dinners. At the age of 33 I owned and operated a mexican restaurant. 3years ago I started Pop's Catering which I continue to run part time alongside my full time job of transportation specialist. Two years ago I had the amazing opportunity to serve as a sous chef for my brother in law, Mike Castaneda, at the World Food Champsionships where he took 6th place. Last year I competed in the Steak division and in my grouping I placed 19th and I also placed 3rd in the People’s Choice award. I have been cooking for most of my life and it is something that brings me great pleasure, personally and professionally.