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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!


Spice Your Life Rub Your Meats

HEAD COOK: Michael Hogan

COMPETITION: Bacon World Championship

This will be my 6th appearance at the World Food Championships Currently the Chief Cook for the Competition Team, Spice Your Life Rub Your Meat and owner of the Catering Company of the same name. Through the Catering Company I also offer cooking classes and private dinner parties. I am a former Traeger Influencer for 2 1/2 years. I am a former KCBS Certified Barbeque Judge and a former Board Member of The Greater Omaha Barbeque Society. Currently a certified EAT Judge. I have several cooking awards from BBQ to Bacon. I actually think the Bacon category is the hardest because there's so many different directions you can go. 2021 we tied for 10th in points in the Bacon category and lost the tie breaker. But we didn't give up earning a spot in the Super Qualifier and achieving a 9th place call, securing our way and a spot for 2022. In 2019 we finished 15th in our Category and 1 point from the Top Ten in Bacon. 2018 finished 2nd in the Structured dish of Bacon Pizza but a misstep with my Signature Dish had the clock beating me and turned it in with just 2 seconds on the clock. I have competed in the Omaha Beer and Bacon Festival 4 times qualifying for WFC 3 times and finished 1st twice. Have also competed in Culinary Fight Club 2 times winning the Tasters Choice both times. 2019 placed 1st in Steak and 5th in Dessert in the Septemberfest Ribeye and BBQ Challenge. In 2018 my daughter at age 6 entered her first Kid's Q placing 1st. And in 2019 placed 1st in Side Dish at Cooking fo the Kids for Fundraiser for Project Harmony beating 9 other adults. We participated in a fundraiser for Completely Kids this year taking 2th place in the People's Choice Looking forward to seeing everyone this year.