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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

Roberto TreviÑo

2014 WFC Judge

Chef Roberto Treviño became fascinated with the kitchen as a young cook in the San Francisco Bay area, beginning his career as an oyster shucker at a local restaurant at the age of 15.

He is currently Chef / Owner of five restaurants in Puerto Rico, serving hundreds of customers daily:  His flagship Latin-Asian Budatai, the eclectic Bar Gitano which features Spanish tapas and award-winning paellas, local watering hole El Barril the 16,000 square food 'criollo kitchen' Casa Lola, and his latest creation Gia's Pizzeria in the hip upcoming Minillas Art District. His sixth restaurant, Rosa Mexicano, a collaboration with NYC restauranteur Howard Greenstone, is set to open in mid 2013.

Chef Treviño has been honored to cook at the James Beard House in New York for their award events, is frequently featured as a guest chef in food events thoughout the US and the Caribbean, including the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, Telluride Culinary Festival and the St Croix Food and Wine Festival, and has served as a guest chef on Celebrity Cruise Lines ships on sever seasons.

He has made numerous television appearances both in Puerto Rico and the US, including a battle against renowned chef Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, as a contestant on Next Iron Chef, with Rachael Ray on her show $40 a day, as well as his own local shows Kandela and the current running 4 Minutos con Chef Treviño.

Magazine and newspaper articles abound as well, and Chef Treviño has been featured in Conde Nast Traveler, the New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Gourmet among others.