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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 2021 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 2021 competitors!


Apron Strings

HEAD COOK: Donna Kelly

COMPETITION: World Recipe Championship

Donna grew up in Southern Arizona, eating bean burros for lunch and not peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, like most American kids. She developed a recipe for White Enchiladas, famous among her friends and large extended family. She loves making tamales each holiday season, sometimes as many as 100 dozen, and gives them as gifts. Donna is a dedicated foodie, passionate home cook and recipe developer. She produces the food blog Apron Strings,, with her rediscovered birth daughter Anne. Apron Strings blog has a collection of more than 900 recipes. The most popular recipe on Apron Strings is the One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta, which has had more than 2 million page views. She competes regularly in food competitions, including the annual World Food Championships, and placed in the top ten in her category in 2013 and 2014. She will compete in the 2017 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama in November 201. She is a regular guest cook on Utah morning television show cooking segments and has appeared on Martha Stewart’s Sirius radio show, Everyday Food. She is the author of nine cookbooks –including Quesadillas, Eat More Tortillas, and Burritos. Donna’s books have been published by Gibbs Smith Publisher with total book sales of more than 250,000 books. Donna has been an attorney for more than 36 years, primarily as a prosecutor handling sex crimes, domestic violence and child abuse cases. She is a mom to five adult children and lives in Utah with her husband of 40 years.