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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

Robyn Almodovar

Robyn Almodovar, owner of an award-winning food truck, “Palate Party”, has been selected to serve as a Final Table judge for the 2016 World Food Championships.

A Staten Island native and current Florida resident, Almodovar has a unique culinary background with both a Puerto Rican and Italian influence. Almodovar graduated from the Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts in 2005, and began her career as a banquet cook at The Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Almodovar quickly worked her way through chef positions in restaurants, hotels and even on yachts. After working at many reputable restaurants in South Florida, she took a position as the Executive Sous Chef at the Royal Palm Hotel, during which time she was casted for Hell’s Kitchen.

“Palate Party,” a food truck using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, became the first female-owned, non-dessert food truck in South Florida when Almodovar opened the business in 2011. The food truck even has a custom stage built on top for dancing and musical performances, and in 2013 “Palate Party” was named the Best Food Truck in Miami.

Almodovar has competed in many television food competition shows, beginning her TV career with her appearance on FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen in Season 10. In 2014, Almodovar continued her success as a TV celebrity chef with her appearance as a guest judge on Food Truck Face Off on Food Network. Almodovar has also competed and won on both CHOPPED and Cut Throat Kitchen in 2015, and made appearances on Camp Cut Throat and CHOPPED Impossible.