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Final Table Q&A With Damon Holter

Final Table Q&A With Damon Holter

As many of you know, Croix Valley owner Damon Holter will be competing the World Food Championship's Final Table on March 13th, after winning the Sandwich category last Fall. The folks at WFC recently interviewed the final contestants, and here's what Damon had to say.

Name: Damon Holter
Hometown: Afton, Minnesota
Currently Resides: Hudson, Wisconsin

Q: Who or what is your inspiration?
A: My inspiration is my family, who always believe in me, follow my life journey, and encourage and support me in everything I do. Their faith in my abilities drives me to constantly strive to do more.

Q: How long have you been cooking?
A: I've been cooking since a child, learning by making family meals for my parents and brothers since I was about 10 or 11 years old.

Q: What motivated you to get into Food Sport?
A: I've always been a competitive person and combining my passion for food with competition seemed natural. Once I started a food-related business, my motivation became finding legitimacy for my food products by winning professional competitions using the items and solidifying myself personally as someone who "knows what they are talking about."

Q: How many times have you competed at WFC?
A: I have competed every WFC except the inaugural one in Las Vegas.

Q: What is the name of the dish you won your category with at the 2023 WFC?
A: Mediterranean Chicken Kafta Pita Sandwich (link to recipe).

Q: Can you tell us a little about that dish?
A: This is from the recipe I posted on my website: Damon Holter's journey to becoming the World Sandwich Champion was paved with innovation, passion, and a deep understanding of flavor. By choosing the best quality ingredients and elevating them with Croix Valley's sauces and seasonings, Damon created a masterpiece that captivated the judges and secured his place in culinary history. The fusion of the bold Mediterranean spices and the sweet and smoky notes of Croix Valley's sauces showcased Damon's culinary prowess and creativity. The perfectly fried kafta patties, coupled with the freshness of the vegetables and the creaminess of the tzatziki sauce, created a harmonious symphony of flavors that set Damon's creation apart from the competition. Damon Holter's victory at the World Food Championships is a testament to the power of creativity, skill, and the right combination of flavors. The Mediterranean Kafta Pita Sandwich, enriched with Croix Valley's sauces and seasonings, has rightfully earned its place as a world-class dish. As you embark on recreating this award-winning recipe in your kitchen, savor the flavors that crowned Damon Holter the World Sandwich Champion, and let the culinary journey inspire your own gastronomic adventures.

Q: What do you like most about competing in WFC?
A: I have said since day one, that competing at WFC is the pinnacle of my competition year, and it has been for over a decade. I compete in so many food sport activities and the WFC environment is so much different than the others. I love the challenge of going up against other seasoned chefs, and allowing creativity and out of the box thinking to prevail, and to be rewarded for those efforts by the judges.

Q: What was the biggest challenge you faced at WFC?
A: This may not be the typical answer, but in literal terms, the biggest challenge I faced was last year's Final Table. It was the most difficult, and most rewarding experience I ever had in food sport. From the moment I left, I wanted to experience it again immediately.

Q: What would a Final Table win mean to you?
A: Taking 2nd place in every challenge last year at the Final Table only fuels me to take 1st this year. When I looked back at the scores and the progression of the judging, I came to the realization that if the scores followed any sort of cumulative experience like WFC scoring had in the past, my consistency in the competition would have garnered me the title of World Food Champion and I would have won the Final Table. Knowing that I was so close just drives me further to take the title this year. It would be the most impressive food sport accolade I have ever won and it would mean the world to me.

Q: What type of competitor do you identify as:
A: Competition Team

Q: Any advice you'd like to share with competitors new to WFC?
A: I have tons of advice (I even did a Youtube video on it), but the single most important advice I can give anyone is to practice, have fun and learn from the experience.
Q: What is something few people know about you?
A: That I used to be a professional wildlife artist and harmonica player.
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  • Watching you work at your craft and expand your business is a pleasure. You have truly become Thee Professor Sandwhich

    Steve Willmann

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