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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!



HEAD COOK: mark whittamore

COMPETITION: World Live Fire Championship

Everyone wants to wake up in the morning and do a hobby they love. For Mark Whittamore, that's cooking and grilling. Mark is a passionate self-taught BBQ enthusiast whose hobby quickly turned into a way of life. For over 18 years he has competed as a one-man competition team within the KCBS & SCA circuits across the Southeastern US while running his own full time sales professional career. During his time in the BBQ world he has served as a contestant, judge, and instructor in various capacities and has won hundreds of placement awards and several Grand and Reserve Grand Championships. Additionally, Mark was the founder and has been the organizer/promoter of the The Lodge Steak Cook-off,the first SCA event east of Nashville, TN for the past four years, raising thousands of dollars for charity. "Cooking/Grilling brings me such joy and I hope to inspire others to find the same passion through food.", he says. "I'm looking forward to competing again in the 2023 World Food Championships!"