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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!


Leora Breese

HEAD COOK: Leora Breese

COMPETITION: Bacon World Championship

Let me preface this by saying on the scale of this competition I am a complete amateur. Cooking has always been a passion of mine, when my sisters and I were younger, my mom worked week days so we would often make dinners together. As the middle child I definitely got competitive in the kitchen, but I had never dreamed of competitive cooking until I responded to an ad on Facebook in 2019 for what I thought was simply a recipe submission contest. When I received the information that I qualified, I honestly thought it was a scam. Little did I know I would be flown to two different locations for the semi final and the final, and when it was all said and done I won the first and only competition I had ever been in! My day job is Massage Therapy, so when the lockdown happened in 2020 I suddenly had a lot more time to experiment with recipe development. I found a passion I didn't even know was there! I decided that I would try to food competition world, mostly to prove to myself that my first win wasn't a fluke, that I really am good enough to be up against professional chefs and home cooks alike. My dream is to retire my mom and open up a bed and breakfast with her where I can host private dinners. I'm so honored and excited to be invited to compete at the World Food Championships, and I hope I win!