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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

Aliza Katz

2013 WFC Judge

Aliza Katz, corporate executive chef for Kraft Foodservice, loves everything about food. She discovered this while studying abroad in Florence, Italy during her junior year of college. There, with market-fresh food, a beautiful kitchen and eager friends, she developed a life-long romance with food. After graduating with honors with a degree in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, she went in to pursue her dream and enrolled at L'Academie de Cuisine, from where she also graduated with honors. She worked at the Tabard Inn Restaurant and Dean and DeLuca in Washington DC before moving to Toronto and starting a small private chef business, The Secret Chef. She also taught at several cooking and culinary programs. Aliza started working for Kraft as the Corporate Chef of Kraft Foodservice Canada before moving to the team in Chicago.

Now after eight years with Kraft, she still brings passion into the Kraft Culinary Centre, where she works on recipe and menu development for her chain restaurant customers, recipe ideas and content supporting Kraft brands for kraftfoodservice.com and is the culinary lead on Innovation and New Product Development.