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I have been in love with cooking ever since I got thrown into the kitchen when I was 13 years old. When I was 13, my mom left our family. This not so great of experience turned into a positive one by me discovering my love for cooking.
I started a recipe blog, Recipes For Our Daily Bread, in 2011 that initially started to have a place to gather all my recipes to pass down to my children. It grew into a full-time business.
Recipes For Our Daily Bread includes quick and easy recipes designed to help people have a homecooked meal and bring families together around the table.
By giving my readers recipes with step-by-step instructions with pictures, simple ingredients, and often video instructions, you can whip up a meal in no time.
In 2017, my special needs son, who loves watching the TODAY Show, wanted me to enter a dessert contest. I was one of the top two contestants who got an opportunity to demonstrate my recipe on the TODAY Show. I was hooked! After that experience, I searched on-line for food competitions and found the World Food Championships. The World Food Championships is the largest culinary competition in the world.
In 2017, I also entered as a wild card and finished in 1st place in desserts after the first two rounds with a rare perfect score. I ended up 3rd in desserts my first time at WFC. I have been hooked ever since and have remained in the top 5 in desserts every year plus, now I have two perfect scores.
In 2019, I finished 4th at World Food Championships in the dessert category with a Golden Ticket to compete in Nov. 2020.
In 2018, I took 5th place at WFC in the dessert category with my second perfect score on my structured dish, a tart.
In 2017, I finished 3rd in desserts with a rare perfect score on my structured dish, a Caramel Apple Swiss Roll.
Three years of WFC competitions, three top-five finishes in dessert, and the only World Food Champion in any category accomplish two perfect scores.
I have a passion for cooking and food. I work full-time developing recipes for my food blog, https://recipesforourdailybread.com, and brands I use and love.
Walmart Food Champ Recipe Club
Becoming a World Food Champ has opened up doors at Walmart, where I demonstrate Easy Affordable Recipes using Marketside and Great Value products. Teaching customers about Walmart’s products, plus giving them kitchen tips and other recipes using the products, has been a fabulous experience.
My spare time is spent enjoying my family, competing in food competitions, and being a food judge. In 2018, I trained to be an E.A.T. (Execution, Appearance, and Taste) certified food judge with the World Food Championships.
My family includes my wonderful husband, Jerry, who I married in 1984 and our five young adult children including our special needs son, Caleb. Caleb has had 17 brain surgeries, shunt, cerebral palsy, and seizures. He is my full-time sous chef, loves cooking, and has the sweetest personality.
My family has always accused me of being “crazy competitive,” and now I am thrilled to have an outlet for it with Food Sports competitions and WFC.
I am an extreme competitor in every sense of the word. I work hard, practice hard, and always do my absolute best. My saying is, “Do Your Best and Let God Do The Rest.”
My Family and WFC Sous Chefs
My husband, Jerry, and I have been married since August 1984. He is my sous chef. We have five children between the ages of 17 and 27, including a special needs son and two adoptive children. My husband’s sister and my hero, Marsha Harper, is my other sous chef. She is a three-time cancer survivor. She is currently on a ten-year chemo treatment plan.
I believe that the best advertisement for a product is word of mouth. If I am looking to purchase a new product, I search for someone who has used the product to give me their opinion. I use both my recipe blog, Recipes For Our Daily Bread, and travel blog, Our American Travels, Facebook, Instagram, 75,000 Pinterest followers, and over 6000 email followers to promote brands I use and love.
GuidePosts Magazine Story
My GuidePosts Magazine Story, March issue 2019, of my World Food Championships Journey here.
When not competing, I am a regular home cook like most of you. I am doing my best every day to get a delicious meal on the table for my family. The recipes on my blog are for busy cooks who need quick & easy recipes.
Recipes For Our Daily Bread and Our American Travels are personal blogs written and edited by Diane Roark. Recipes For Our Daily Bread is where I blog about easy recipes to help you put dinner on the table quickly. Our American Travels is where I blog about family fun travel ideas in America.
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Where Am I From?
Alabama is where I was born. I have lived all over the South including Tennessee, Louisiana, and Georgia. Currently, I have lived near Little Rock, Arkansas since 2009.
How Recipes For Our Daily Bread Started
Recipes For Our Daily Bread was started in November 2011 as a way to document my recipes for my family and friends. Today, I have over 600 recipes, and 400,000 people visit each month.
I am passionate about faith, family, food, travel, photography, and food competitions. My blogs are used to encourage others. I believe that the best advertisement for a product is word of mouth. If I am looking to purchase a new product, I search for someone who has used the product to give me their opinion.
October 16 – 20, 2019 4th place finish in dessert at World Food Championships. Golden Ticket to compete at The World Food Championships in November 2020 in Dallas, Texas.
November 2018, 5th at the World Food Championships in desserts with another perfect score which was on my structured dish, a tart.
October 6, 2018, Top 10 finalist in the National Banana Pudding Contest in Centerville, Tennessee.
2018 Eggland’s Best “America’s Best Recipe” Contest Regional Finalist Voting Stage September 2018
2018 Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown Fan Favorite $1000.00 Prize Winner
March 2018, Lucky Leaf Personal Creation Recipe Contest – First Prize Winner
November 2017, 3rd place at the World Food Championships in Desserts. After the first and seconds rounds, I finished not only in first place but had a perfect score on my first dessert. This was my first time competing at the World Food Championships. I had no idea I would do well enough to place in the top 10 in the World, so I was not prepared for a third recipe. My third dessert placed well enough to finish fourth with gave me an overall third-place finish. READ THE FULL DETAILS
In October 2017, Top 10 Finalists and will be competing for the National Banana Pudding Contest championship.
July 2017, Recipe Lion had a contest called Summer Potluck Recipe Challenge; I was a top 10 Finalist with TWO of my recipes.
In June 2017, I was a Finalist on KARK news in Little Rock with the top four BBQ recipes in Arkansas.
In May 2017, I was a Finalist on the TODAY SHOW for top dessert category in the Ultimate Cookoff Contest. Read all about my TODAY SHOW experience.
May 2017, I was featured on the TODAY SHOW FOOD CLUB Breakfast Challenge.
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