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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 2017 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 2017 competitors!

CELEBRITY JUDGE

Rick Giffen

2013 WFC Judge
 
  • 26 years of hotel restaurant culinary management experience
  • Opened in excess of forty restaurants world wide
  • Trained at the Hotel Intercontinental San Diego while going to culinary school
  • Opened the U.S. Grant Hotel as Saucier for Grant Grill which was written up in multiple culinary magazines including Food and Wine
  • Youngest Executive Chef in the Sheraton Hotel Chain at Steamboat Springs Colorado by the age of twenty four where I ran five restaurants as well as a banquet center capable of doing sit down dinners up to twelve hundred people
  • Served as Western Regional Corporate Chef for Planet Hollywood as well as Culinary Training Director in which I opened thirty seven units and over saw daily operations of the fourteen properties west of the Rockies as well as Marvel Mania and the Official All Star Cafe 
  • Executive Chef of the Maxim hotel before it sold to Westin and was renovated
  • Regional Corporate Chef for China Grill Properties at Mandalay Bay (Rum Jungle, Red Square, Rock Lobster and China Grill)
  • Chef Partner of Café Wasabi which operated on West Sahara as well as inside the Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Chef de Cuisine of Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris and oversaw operations of Café Baba Reba as well as opened Strip Burger
  • Opened Trader Vic’s at Planet Hollywood Hotel as the Corporate Chef for DW Enterprise

Now I serve as the Executive Chef of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, BOH staff in excess of 150. 6-8 full service food & beverage outlets seasonally