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World Food Day

World Food Day is an impactful opportunity every year for us to grow our global movement and generate action toward addressing the critical issue of global hunger. In 2022, we will be celebrating World Food Day with our Second Annual Chef Showdown, a culinary battle royale between talented chefs to create the dish that generates the most social media engagement and awareness for the Rise Against Hunger mission.

A Culinary Showdown to End World Hunger

Each chef in our Chef Showdown will create a dish must be inspired by one of the countries or regions that Rise Against Hunger serves. The chef who collects the most likes, shares and comments on their Chef Showdown video segment wins the Golden Whisk Award!

Tune in to Rise Against Hunger’s social media channels October 3-14 to case your vote in our second annual Chef Showdown competition.


This World Food Day,

It Starts With a Meal™

The Chef Showdown is part of Rise Against Hunger’s campaign, It Starts With a Meal™, which inspires people across the globe to take action today and end hunger tomorrow. For a child facing hunger, a nutritious meal makes a world of difference. This World Food Day, It Starts With a Meal™, and it starts with you.

It Starts With a Meal
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Get to know the participating chefs.

We have seven chefs and TV personalities (including Ali Khan, last year’s Golden Whisk Award winner) from across the United States and around the world competing this year. Check out their bios to learn more about each of them.

Nacho Aguirre — He is the winner of Food Network’s 2018 “Spring Baking Championship” and co-owner of Délice Chocolatier & Patisserie in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife Susana Mijares.

Michelle Adrillana — Michelle is a chef, food and beverage consultant, content creator and Filipino cuisine advocate from the Philippines.

Nicole McLaughlin — She is the producer and star of Allrecipe’s food series “You Can Cook That.” From Birmingham, Alabama, Nicole has over 20 years of experience in the culinary industry.

Chando Madrigal — Based in Sacramento, California, Chando is the owner and executive chef of Chando’s Tacos, an established restaurant chain with locations in California and Georgia. Chando was also a finalist on Food Network’s “Chopped” in 2021.

Chef Yadi — Yadi Garcia, also known as Happy Healthy Latina, is a certified natural foods chef and holistic health coach. She is also a partial owner of Loisa, a company that creates classic Latin seasonings and kitchen tools. Her television show “Naturally Yadi” airs on the Food Network.

Chef Yisus — Jesus Diaz, known as Chef Yisus, is the resident chef on Univision’s “Despierta América” morning show and author of the “Cook Deliciously With Chef Yisus” cookbook.

Ali Khan — A cook and TV host from Austin, Texas, Ali is known for Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship” and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” as well as “Cheap Eats” on the Cooking Channel.

The 2021 Chef Showdown

Our first-ever Chef Showdown broadcast aired on October 15, 2021 and was hosted by Jesús Alberto Díaz, better known as Chef Yisus, a popular chef, author and kitchen presenter on Univision’s Despierta América program.


Chef JJ Johnson
Chef Ali Khan

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