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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!


Serious Hog

HEAD COOK: Lisa Rooks

COMPETITION: World Soup Championship

My love of cooking and baking began with lessons in Home Economics in High School and from cooking with my mother and Great Aunts who were all phenomenal southern cooks. Watching episodes of Season 1 of BBQ Pitmasters inspired my husband to form Serious Hog Competition BBQ team in 2013. We entered a small local contest, placed 3rd overall and were hooked on competition BBQ. Competing in the World Food Championship and winning the World Chili Championship Open in 2021 led me to discover a passion for food competitions outside of BBQ. In 2022, we have won a grand championship for chili in the service area of a local Porsche, won 1st place homestyle and chicken chili at a local VFW comp, and finished 4th overall in an online nationwide search for Pioneer's 1st Gravy Guru for my homemade chicken pot pie. In 2022, highlights in BBQ included, winning the Dessert category, with a perfect 180, at the KCBS High on the Hog Barbecue Festival as well as winning the People's Choice Award for pork at the KCBS BBQ Throwdown. Note that we are a husband-and-wife team. In BBQ Comps, my husband is the head cook. In all other areas, I am the head cook and he is my sous chef. None of this would be possible without his encouragement and assistance.