Food Judges

Josee Lanzi

Off the Hook and on the Plate 

Judge 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Josee Lanzi, is an avid saltwater angler, blogger and WFC competitor that has placed in the top 10 for three years. Lanzi appeared on Food Networks television shows "Cooks vs. Con" and Robert Irvine's "Dinner Impossible." She has cooked alongside Paula Deen and Carla Hall. She has won countless competitions from Country Crock's Cooking Star Recipe. Tostito's One Chip Wonder, Kraft Foods and Macy's Grilling Guru Cookoff. Learn more and great recipes at Read more about Josee in this Tampa Bay Times story, At the World Food Championships, anyone can be a food star.

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Debbie Reid

Debbie's Cooking Addiction

Taste Judge 2017 and 2019. Debbie is an award-winning home cook that has had the honor of competing at the Pillsbury Bakeoff, is a World Food Champion placing 5th overall in the recipe category, and has had recipes appear on the menu of all Destination Hotels across the United States, as well as at a local Italian restaurant.  She has won numerous competitions from sponsors such as Bush's Grillin' Beans, Fage Yogurt, St. Francis Winery, Hidden Valley Ranch, Buitoni, Riunite, Nature's Sweet, and Eggo, just to name a few.  She was privileged to have cooked with Michael Symon on ABC's The Chew; cooked with Bobby Flay; and appeared on Food Network in an episode of Cooks Vs. Cons.  She shares her competitive cooking on her blog

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Lori Artz

Home chef and competitor - Judge 2018 and 2019

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Lori Artz is a passionate home chef and competitor. She credits her Italian heritage for her passion for food and entertaining.  She competed in the 2017 World Food Championship as a sous chef.  She is known as an obsessive menu reader, and is EAT-certified.

Connie Wright

Restaurant owner and EAT-certified - Judge 2018 and 2019

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Connie Wright has had a long career in the dining industry. She got her start as a TWA flight attendant who traveled the world and exceptional cuisine from Europe. She was a partner of two restaurants, one at the well-known Chautauqua Institute, which serves as the caterer to the Chautauqua Opera Company. Today she is very active in the Homosassa community and giving back by volunteering at Herry's Café.