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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!

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HEAD COOK: Kelly Velasco

COMPETITION: World Sandwich Championship


I am an award winning home cook that started entering online recipe contests in 2015. I just LOVE to create and cook for others! I entered the Gilroy Garlic Festival’s garlic recipe competition in 2016 and I was so honored to hear that my dish was chosen as one of the top 10 finalists. Being my first LIVE on stage competition , I was both thrilled and terrified at the same time. The Garlic Festival puts on an amazing competition. I had no idea how fun it was going to be! I survived and came home with a coveted garlic crown in 3rd place in my first competition. In 2017, I competed in the National Banana Pudding Festival in Tennessee and won 2nd place. And then in 2018 I returned to Tennessee and became the National Banana Pudding Champion, taking 1st place with my razzle dazzle banana pudding. I have had wonderful experiences competing and I am excited to join the WFC in Dallas as a first time competitor!