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Dallas College Culinary Student Wins $100,000 Prize at Competition

On Sunday, May 1, Preston Nguyen, 19, won a $100,000 prize at the World Food Championship (WFC) Final Table challenge. Working alongside his parents, who served as his sous chefs, he outcooked nine other chefs in three rounds of competition this weekend to become the youngest winner ever.

The Dallas College Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality program student secured a spot at this ultimate food fight after winning the chef category at the 2021 WFC competition in Dallas. His parents, Peter and Emma Nguyen, met while studying at Dallas College, and his father is currently completing a culinary degree alongside his son.

“This has been a huge blessing to be able to compete with my parents and have such a supportive group of friends and family to help me get here! This competition has brought us closer together and given us memories to last a lifetime. We put so much hard work into doing our best this past weekend and it’s a great feeling knowing the judges appreciated our efforts,” said Preston about winning the Final Table challenge. “This experience has been surreal, and I am trying to soak up and enjoy every second … although we have [Dallas College] finals coming up in two days.”

Please see more details in the pre-competition news release that was published as the family was heading to South Carolina for the competition.

Published inStudent Success Story