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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!


Dauphin Island Sea Lab

HEAD COOK: Darren Harbison

COMPETITION: World Seafood Championship

I have had a love for cooking since I would help my Grandpa make Sunday Dinner for the family. Since I would go to my Granny\'s house and watch her make a meal for unexpected guests, from what was seemingly nothing. Since my I helped in the kitchen at home with my Mom or Dad as they prepared Gumbos or Creoles for Church events. Since I was allowed to pick up a knife on my own and wasn\'t stopped from creating dishes, some good and some bad, I still got to do it. I\'ve worked in and around restaurants since I was 16, worked on Shrimp and Fishing boats, worked in produce, and even a Casino, where I was able to get most of my experiences as a Chef. I had the pleasure of working with some awesome Executive Chefs that took the time to teach, explain, and encourage. I started entering food challenges with the American Culinary Federation, and Chef\'s of the coast. I got into many local cooking contest with not much more to win than the bragging rights and a plaque. Now that I am 53 and have had quite a few years under my belt, I get my enjoyment in providing unexpected high quality food, in our Cafeteria setting, at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. I am the Executive Chef for the Sea Lab, where we entertain students, professors, state and local dignitaries, and affiliated with 22 different colleges and universities. We have an awesome k-12 program and keep students practically year round.