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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!


Ground Zero Blues Club Biloxi

HEAD COOK: BJ Creswell

COMPETITION: Bacon World Championship

I have been a chef in the gaming industry 26 years. Originally from Memphis TN, I started my career at Fitzgerald’s Casino in Tunica Ms. I moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast after my youngest son was born and went to work at Grand Casino Gulfport. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, after a short time in Atlantic City NJ I returned to the Gulf Coast and went to work Hard Rock Casino. After moving on to bigger things, I landed at Scarlet Pearl Casino. I really enjoy working for the Scarlet Pearl Casino, they are very family oriented and an all around great company to work for. Over the course of my career I have won numerous awards including Gulf Coast Seafood Festival Gumbo Cook Off Championship, 2016 Chef’s of the Coast, 2017 2nd place 2015 & 2016 BBQ Under the Oaks winner, and numerous other awards, but the most important 2017 Top 10 at World Food Championship.