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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

Daniel Jasso

2014 WFC Judge

Being a pastry chef might seem like a pretty sweet job, but imagine the pressure of cooking for two U.S. presidents and one culinary legend! Chef Daniel has prepared food for Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush, as well as Julia Child. Chef Daniel’s passion for food and his love of feeding people started at an early age. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, he has been cooking professionally for nearly three decades. Previously, he worked as an instructor at Western Culinary and Le Cordon Bleu for almost 10 years.

Chef Daniel shares, “I love my job and getting paid to play with food. Something I used to get in trouble for when I was young!” 

Cooking Tips from Chef Daniel: 1. Play with your food! That’s how you learn. 2. Combine sweet with savory to get that “wow” factor.
3. Don’t be afraid to use bold flavors and a variety of colors and textures.