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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 2024 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 2024 competitors!


Southwest Missouri All-Stars

HEAD COOK: Kymberlee Matney

COMPETITION: World Chef Championship

I started in the restaurant business at age 15 and it derailed the career path I thought I would take. Suffice to say I feel in love with the kitchen. I decided to go to culinary school and more than 10 years later I haven't looked back. Growing up in the midwest I would describe my cooking style as classic American with a twist. I love taking those dishes and updating them with classic French technique and modern flavors profiles. In 2018 I was honored as Chef of the year for Southern Missouri, named Best New Restaurant, and finished in the top 10 for the pork councils Taste of Elegance, I became the Southwest MO Beer and Burger Wars champion, and am currently the Missouri Seafood Taco champion 2 years running. When I am not cooking I enjoy spending time with my lovely husband and my 3 Corgis!