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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!


Island View Casino Dockside Deli

HEAD COOK: Calvin Lipe

COMPETITION: World Vegetarian Championship

I have worked in the field of culinary arts throughout coastal south Mississippi for the past 27years and have honed my skills at many establishments during that time. I am now the Head Chef at the Dockside Deli at the Island View Casino specializing in Creole-Cajun and Southern cuisine focusing on fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, and seafood. Over the years I have won several competitions for my talent in cooking, fruit/vegetable carving, and ice sculpting. I have served as Sous Chef to Chef David Crabtree at the WFC in the seafood category placing 3rd in 2018 and 4th in 2019. Most recent, I placed 14th in soup category in 2021 and 4th place in vegetarian category 2022 as a Head Chef.