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Preston Nguyen World Food ChampionshipsWHO: Preston Nguyen, a 19-year-old freshman at Dallas College’s El Centro Campus and a 2021 graduate of Arlington’s Martin High School. WHAT: The World Food Championships’ Final Table—a tournament of pro chefs and home cooks that ended in Columbia, South Carolina, last weekend with a $100,000 grand prize. WHY IT’S SO GREAT: The World Food Championships bills itself as “the ultimate food fight.” It’s a fierce competition that pits more than 1,500 cooks against one another in ten categories. It’s the sort of cooking-as-sports contest that fuels reality TV competitions and attracts an audience of those who like to see people perform heroic feats with a knife, fire, and a collection of ingredients. At the tenth-anniversary event held last fall in Dallas, ten champions emerged in categories that…

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