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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!


Michael Contreras

2013 WFC Judge

Michael Contreras, digital marketing manager at Dole Packaged Foods, LLC, is pleased to join the judging panel for the qualifying round of the dessert category at the 2013 World Food Championships. As a driving force behind the Dole California Cook-Off, and the Dole brand for nearly 14 years, Contreras looks forward to testing the many expertly prepared desserts that will include Dole Packaged Foods in this competition.

Dole Packaged Foods LLC, a subsidiary of Dole International Holdings, is a leader in sourcing, processing, distributing and marketing fruit products and healthy snacks throughout the world. Dole markets a full line of canned, jarred, cup, frozen and dried fruit products and is an innovator in new forms of packaging and processing fruit.

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