Teen from Arlington, Texas, wins World Food Championships

Susan S. Johnson


Preston Nguyen cooks on the stove at the World Food Championships “Final Table” in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Preston Nguyen has had quite a year.

The 19-year-old from Arlington graduated from high school, completed his first year of college and was recently crowned World Food Champion, taking home an oversized $100,000 check.

In early May, the World Food Championships were held in South Carolina, bringing the best chefs in the world together for a high-pressure competition. Ten chefs competed at the event dubbed “The Final Table.”

He booked his ticket to the final

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