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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 2023 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 2023 competitors!


Big Swede’s BBQ

HEAD COOK: Erik Lindeblom

COMPETITION: World Seafood Championship

My culinary background started as a youngster in the Boy Scouts. We’d go camping and hiking as a troop and we’d have to plan and prepare meals for the troop. This involved Dutch oven cooking and putting meat over fire, and was the start of a lifelong journey of learning and iterative improvement in cooking techniques. To this day I consider BBQ and Dutch Oven cooking my favorite styles of cooking. Along the way, I’ve played in bands and orchestras, played football and rugby, grown my own hops and brewed beer, though since my wonderful wife and I had our first child four years ago, my hobbies have changed and I spend more time playing Lego’s, trains, construction toys, etc. I’ve worked rehabilitating criminally involved youth, in law enforcement and in IT. Currently, I lead the software application development teams for a large state agency in Washington.