HEAD COOK: Walter "Rick" Geise
COMPETITION: World Open Chili Championship
Rick who is a machinist and tool maker by trade originally learned to cook by helping his grandmother around the kitchen but his cooking skills were also greatly influenced by his wife and her family who were in the restaurant business. Rick met his wife in 1984 while they were both still in high school, they shared a love of fishing, the outdoors and food. His wife's love of food and her father started her exciting journey in foodsport. It was her who convinced him to enter his first recipe contest, in which he took judges choice. He won a cash prize, a box of assorted cheeses and bragging rights since he beat out his wife for that win. Was it beginner luck.....he is about to prove to her it was cooking skill not luck that won him that prize. He competes for the first time in the World Food Championships this year. His wife Andreann Geise who will also be competing at the World Food Championships this year was the one that suggested he enter Taste of America, the contest that won him his Golden Ticket.