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US Foods "Food Fanatics" Named Judges for World Food Championships with Adam Richman


US Foods, one of the country's most innovative food companies and leading distributors, today announced five US Foods chefs will determine who wins the inaugural World Food Championships this weekend in Las Vegas. The World Food Championships is today's highest stakes food competition. Hosted by “Man Vs. Food” star Adam Richman, the competition kicks off today and pits more than 300 competitive chefs from all over against each other for portions of the $300,000 prize purse offered for categories of American-inspired cuisine, including barbeque, burgers, chili, sandwiches and side dishes.

US Foods Food Fanatics and Chefs, Todd Pearson and John Byrne will judge. As the first US Foods chefs to earn the prominent “Food Fanatics” designation, both Chefs Pearson and Byrne competed earlier this year against eight other US Foods chefs in a two-day, Iron Chef-style competition that tested culinary skills and knowledge, giving them great perspective on what it takes to win in a food competition like the World Food Championships.

US Foods Chefs Rocco Paradiso, Bill Brooks and Vic Vegas will also sit on the judging panel and coach contestants for the Burger, Sandwich and Side Dish Competitions.

“Nothing brings out a chef's passion more than the thrill of competition,” said Pearson. “We're looking forward to working alongside outstanding chefs and cooks from across the country to help them do their best and create amazing dishes, much like we do every day with our customers.”

In their role as Food Fanatics, they travel across America to share their food passion and expertise to inspire customers and others in the industry to become more successful. They share cutting-edge ideas and information, analyze menus and provide samples of the latest trend-setting products.

“Judging food involves all five senses. You want your first bite to be a small bite because you want to experience the smell, the visual appeal, the first taste, the touch on your lips and sound within your mouth,” said Byrne. “It's not only about the flavor. It's also about the use of color and texture. Chefs are like artists and the food is their palette.”

The winners of each category will face off at “The Final Table” where Richman and a panel of celebrity judges, including US Foods Food Fanatic Todd Pearson, will choose the ultimate champion and award a $50,000 grand prize.

“There's no doubt that the final round of judging will be filled with great food and a tough decision,” said Pearson. “But at US Foods, we are passionate about great food and I'm thrilled to be involved in declaring the first-ever World Food Championships winner."

For more information on the US Foods and its Food Fanatics, visit Follow Chef Pearson and Chef Byrne on Twitter @cheftoddpearson and @ChefJohnByrne and check out the Food Fanatics on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest in food.

About US Foods

With more than $20 billion in annual revenue, US Foods is the 10th largest private company in America. As one of America's great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking and making life easier for more than 250,000 customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions. The company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef's Line, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. US Foods also showcases its innovative food culture through The Scoop, a quarterly launch of new, on-trend products designed to make customers more successful. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Inc. and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Discover more at

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Lisa Lecas, 847.720.8243
Manager, Corporate Communications

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