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Judges lined up for World Food Championships

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Bally’s chef Leonel Morala serves up Poppa Naps BBQ during a press conference for the World Food Championships at Bally’s Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. The World Food Championships will be held at Bally’s November 1-4.

World Food Championships Press Conference

Cupcakes represent the recipe category during a press conference for the World Food Championships at Bally's Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. The World Food Championships will be held at Bally's November 1-4. Launch slideshow »

Seven judges, including Las Vegas Sun columnist Robin Leach, have been named to select the final winner from this weekend's inaugural World Food Championships.

The three-day competition begins Friday and culminates with the winners in seven culinary categories moving to Sunday's "Final Table." The events take place at Bally's Las Vegas, Paris and Caesars Palace casinos.

Leach, a journalist of 50 years who dishes up daily scoops on celebrity news for the Sun, will be joined by the following personalities at the judge's table:

Colman Andrews, cookbook author and editor-in-chief of the Daily Meal; Tim Love, a Fort Worth, Texas, chef who owns the Lonesome Dove, Western Bistro and the Love Shack; Myron Mixon, the Miami star of "BBQ Pitmasters" on Discovery's Destination America channel; Antonia Lofaso, finalist on "Top Chef: Chicago" and "Top Chef All-Stars;" Jeffrey Frederick, a regional vice president of food and beverage for Caesars Entertainment; and Todd Pearson, chef with U.S. Foods Austin Division and former faculty member at Le Cordon Bleu-Phoenix.

Travel Channel star Adam Richman will host the event and serve as a "master judge" during the final judging from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in front of Caesars Palace.

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