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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!


Father Tom's Pub/ Team Cookeville

HEAD COOK: Steven Ford

COMPETITION: World Invitational Steak Championship - SCA

I have worked as a chef over the past decade in and around Middle Tennessee. Mostly working in Nashville and in the past 5 years Cookeville. At the start of my career I was fortunate enough to work with Dinner Lab of Nashville. Where I was able to work with different extremely talented chefs every week, helping to prepare and serve amazing multi-course meals in different pop up venues. What an amazing way to pick up skill and diversity! Within that time I have also worked a portion of my career as an ER Counselor, and in research for non-profit programs that benefit kids in state custody in Tennessee. My Passion for food has allowed me to work for some culinary greats and even have a brief touch with some celebrity chefs. I care deeply about food, community, and how the two mingle and strive to make my career one that is impactful in some way. I currently run a small pub in Middle Tennessee and have the opportunity to cook amazing food, and work toward an environmentally responsible restaurant model. I also get to play, as we have a Chef's Table dinner once every 3 months. These events are typically between 6-8 courses and center around a theme that I meticulously comb over for months before I even start ordering or preparing products.