Fellow cook Tresa Hargrove joined Sheppard in Las Vegas as her helper. Sheppard said having her friend with her, as well as connecting with friends from the Real Women of Philadelphia cooking group and previous competitions, was the best part of the World Food Championships.
“Even though I didn’t win, the trip was a learning experience,” Sheppard said, “and seeing my friends was a highlight.”
In the future, Sheppard said she’ll keep competing, especially in competitions with a cash prize, and also hopes to have her own online cooking channel.
“I’ve proven to myself that my food is worth sharing with others,” she said.
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