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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!


The Salt Block

HEAD COOK: Nick Rickman

COMPETITION: World Chef Challenge

Chef Nick Rickman is The Executive Chef of The Salt Block Restaurant in Marianna Florida Specializing in Multi cultural traditional cuisines such as Italian, French, Cajun, Greek, Southern, and Asian inspired fusion foods as well as World Award Winning Steaks and Chicken dishes! Elevated and fused together for a Gourmet meets Casual comfort food experience! Nick also founded AlphaQ Competition BBQ Team whos won a KCBS state Championship, and also Owns and Operates FuzionCraze Catering and Food Truck. Chef Nick was a Top 3 Finalist @ The 2016 World Steak Invitational Championships and is The 2018 World Chef Champion. Nick says his late grandfather a pioneer of the family style steakhouse movement is his strongest source of motivation and inspiration. Chef Nick has no desire to compete unless it’s against the best of the best at the highest and most intense levels!