Boca Burger Battle 2019 Judges

MEET OUR "GRILL MASTER JUDGES"

Publix Aprons Cooking School Aprons Cooking School Chef Rey

CHIEF GRILL MASTER JUDGE - TEAM CAPTAIN
Chef Rey began his Publix career in 1999 in Customer Service. While attending Johnson & Wales University, Rey worked at The Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. In 2008, Rey transferred to the Prepared Foods Department at Publix Greenwise Market in Boca Raton to pursue his culinary career. Rey began working at the Plantation Publix Aprons Cooking School in 2010 to share his culinary passion with others.

When asked “what is your favorite cuisine to make?”, he answers “all of them!”. He enjoys cooking traditional recipes, but Rey’s Latin heritage has a lot of influence on the recipes he creates.

Together with the Aprons staff, Rey wants students to “learn to have fun in the kitchen!”

Aprons Cooking School | Publix at Polo Club Shops
5050 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33496 | 561.994.4461 | Web

WILD 95.5

Meet Grill Master Judge Dave Hanson, who's radio career started over 23 years ago from New York City to Miami to West Palm Beach. Dave Hanson has become a well-seasoned judge. In the past, Dave has been responsible for creating the best possible views at South Florida sporting events as a judge for the annual selections of Marlin Mermaids, Panther Ice Dancers, and Dolphin Cheerleaders. His ear for discovering musical talent has been extremely helpful for numerous Battle Of The Bands and American Idol-ish singing contests. Now for the first time ever, Dave, brings his talents and passion for burgers to the Boca Burger Battle! What makes Dave an expert on burgers? Dave says, "I have been chowing down burgers since I came out of my mother's womb! To say that I love a great burger is an understatement. I look forward tasting the best of the best at the Boca Burger Battle! Bring it on!"

WILD 95.5 | Web

Naked Taco Ralph Pagano

Meet Grill Master Judge Ralph Pagano, who has taken Mexican food and South Beach by storm. The Naked Taco, located in the iconic Dream Hotel, offers three very distinct spaces; The patio, which sits outside offering a front row view to South Beach's electric nightlife scene, and two bars: Bar Noche and Bar Mañana. The allure of authentic Mexican food drives the bus at this rockin' establishment. The menu is chopped up into different sections with the traditional tacos, what Chef Ralph Pagano calls "hecho a mano & the signature "Naked Tacos" in lettuce wraps. After a fantastic meal, guests are invited to HIGHBAR, Dream's Rooftop Lounge, to indulge in a cocktail overlooking Miami beach. Be sure to stop in every Tuesday for the best Taco Tuesday deals! Ralph Pagano appeared on the very first season of Hell's Kitchen and also hosted the series Pressure Cook on MOJO HD. He went on to challenge chef Bobby Flay on the American version of Iron Chef.

Naked Taco - South Beach | Web

The Boca Raton Tribune Douglas Heizer

Meet Grill Master Judge Douglas Heizer, from the Boca Raton Tribune. We always strive to bring our readers the most relevant news from our community in the most efficient way as possible. Our staff is composed of hard workers who have your best interests in mind as they look for what’s important to bring to your attention. What people aren’t entirely aware of is the fact that not all of these staffers are actual employees of our company, but are interns. We are very proud of the internship program that we provide to both college and high school students. They become involved with our paper from day one and aren’t given menial tasks like making photocopies or fetching coffee. The interns do various jobs from managing our website to writing impressive articles, and we will not be where we are today without their help.

The Boca Raton Tribune | Web

American Culinary Federation Palm Beach County Vicki Corrao

Meet Grill Master Judge Vicki Corrao, also known as The Countess de la Pasta, she is a former owner of three Italian restaurants on Mulberry St in N.Y.C.'s Little Italy. She has judged numerous events for Cordon Bleu and Johnson & Wales. Vicki is presently retired and sits on the board for Palm Beach American Culinary Federation.

American Culinary Federation - Palm Beach | Web

WEI Network Peter Wein

Meet Grill Master Judge Peter Wein, Owner & Founder, The WEI Network, has been a radio show host and Emcee for going on two decades. After a career in the corporate world, where he regularly ran lectures and group events, Peter turned his gift to talk to diverse groups in the broadcast media. Everything from on air hosting to voice over recording, to Red Carpet interviews, to Emceeing and hosting events large and small. Not everyone knows his face, but they most certainly are familiar with his voice. As the host of Peter’s Livingroom Radio Show, Peter is at home talking with everyone from Hollywood personalities to leaders of our Country. From topics on entertainment to p olitics, from health and wellness to sports, just to name a few. His pleasant, easy going, but strong, personality is sought after to lead interviews and events throughout the south as well as events in other parts of the country from coast to coast.

The WEI Network | Web