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!
HEAD COOK: Ronna Farley
COMPETITION: World Rice and Noodle Championship
I am a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 3. I am retired cashier for Giant Food where I worked for 34 years. I used to get ideas for cooking contests from watching what my customers were purchasing. I enjoy gardening, photography and entering cooking contests as a hobby. This will be my fifth trip to the World Food Championships, qualifying as the second place winner in the Taste Of America Series Red Gold contest! In 2006 I won the Simple Snacks Category at the Pillsbury Bake Off in Orlando, Florida. In 2016 I was the winner of the National Cornbread Cook Off, South Pittsburgh, Tennessee. In 2017 I was declared the winner of the National Festival Of Breads bread baking contest in Manhattan, Kansas. In 2018 I was the GP winner at the Legendary Lentil Cook Off in Pullman, Washington. I have competed at the National Mushroom Cook Off several times in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and I have competed at the National Oyster Cook Off in Leonardtown, Maryland 13 times, including this year on October 15, 2022. On that date, I finally won the Grand Prize!!!!! I am thrilled to be competing at this WFC in the Rice/Noodle Category! For the first time, I have a dear friend and competitive contest cook as my team mate, Susan Bickta, joining me! I feel like I learned a lot from participating at 4 past World Food Championships and I'm ready to rock and roll after being away for a few years!!! Look out!! Here we come!!!