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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 2018 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 2018 competitors!


Flying Irish Pig

HEAD COOK: Tim McCarty

COMPETITION: World Sandwich Championship

Tim McCarty has been the Executive Chef at the Mayo Clinic Foundation House in Rochester, Minnesota for 20 years. The Mayo Clinic Foundation House is the former home of William Mayo, one of the founders of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. The Foundation House hosts Mayo Clinic staff and guests for unparalleled dining experiences along with preserving the history of the Mayo family. Chef McCarty has 37 years of culinary background and is the 2006 Celebrated Chef for the National Pork board. He is also very active with the Minnesota and South Dakota Pork Board. Tim has done many seminars, cooking demonstrations, and judging for The Taste of Elegance. He was awarded the ACF Chef of the year for southeastern Minnesota in 1993 and 1998. Chef McCarty has done many charity events with different organizations such as We Can Ride, March of Dimes, Boys and Girls Club, and Gift of Life Transplant House. In 2016, Chef McCarty won a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championship in the sandwich category, finishing 5th in the world.