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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 2024 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 2024 competitors!


Miracle in the Kitchen

HEAD COOK: Casey Jones

COMPETITION: World Vegetarian Championship

Casey Jones understands that life can change in an instant. On January 15, 2009, Casey was aboard US Airways Flight 1549 that crashed into the Hudson River. He was in seat 7A and after evacuation to the left wing of the crippled aircraft, he spent the next 17 minutes awaiting his turn for rescue. When he was finally ready to climb aboard that New York Waterways ferry, he was the last person on either wing. The experience of surviving the most successful ditching in aviation history makes his story one of life, love and hope. The events commonly referred to as "The Miracle on the Hudson" further solidified his belief and raised his awareness of the gift of each and every day. He feels called to embrace the moments that can change and support those around him. Those moments are often expressed through food and sharing it with family and friends. A typical evening will find Casey and his wife of 39 years gathered around the dinner table with a collection of their four adult children and spouses, a group of close friends and anyone else who may just happen to stop by. Not only is the food the best it can be, but those moments together make for memories that will last a lifetime.