Boca Burger Battle 2017


Publix Aprons Cooking School Aprons Cooking School Chef Rey

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. Rey has now been promoted to Resident Chef at the Boca Raton Publix Aprons Cooking School.

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!”

Rey De La Osa Resident Chef at Aprons Cooking School | Publix at Polo Club Shops
5050 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33496 | 561.994.4461 | Web

W Fort Laudedale Hotel Jason L Smith

Meet Executive Chef Jason L. Smith, he was born and raised on an organic farm outside of Indianapolis and from very little he knew he was destined to work with food as an adult. His mother grew and sold organic edible flowers to restaurants in the city and his family always had plenty of fresh eggs, vegetables, fruit, and chickens at meals. With such exceptional exposure to the earth and to farming, today Smith's role is Executive Chef at W Fort Lauderdale Hotel's exclusive STEAK 954. Like many chefs, Smith’s basic cooking skills were taught by his mother. Beginning with French toast and working his way to homemade barbecue sauces and grilled steaks, Smith continued to challenge himself as a young cook while balancing school and a number of farm responsibilities.

After gathering significant restaurant experience after high school, Smith moved to Miami to pursue an A.O.S. in Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University. Smith dove head-first into the Miami culinary scene, first at Nemo under Executive Chef Michael Schwartz and Frank Jeannetti. He quickly became fluent in the signature dishes and flavors of Florida, mastering everything from crispy prawns to wok-charred salmon.

Smith continued his work in Miami at a number of popular restaurants including Executive sous chef at WISH with E. Michael Reidt, Chef de cuisine at Pearl in South Beach, sous chef at The Biltmore Hotel with Geoffrey Cousineau, Chef de Cuisine alongside Chef Govind Armstrong at Table 8 in the De Soleil Hotel. Jason now calls Stephen Starr’s STEAK 954 in Fort Lauderdale home for the past 6 years.

As Executive Chef of the W Fort Lauderdale Smith serves perfectly charred meats along with bountiful selections of fresh local fish. As well as securing the W Fort Lauderdale as a World Class Luxury Destination.

STEAK 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel | Fort Lauderdale, FL | Web

Firefighter Foodie Alex Callegari

Meet Grill Master Judge Alex Callegari, The Firefighter Foodie, a nationally competitive cook and Boca Raton Firefighter. Having grown up working in his families Italian restaurant, he embraced the importance of family and food. Alex has been a Boca Raton Fire Fighter for the past 11 years and it has allowed him the ability to combine his passion for cooking & feeding people with his passion for serving the Public.

Over the past few years Alex has had the opportunity to participate in many competitive cooking competitions. His Boca Steak-umm Slider was the 1st Place finisher and was voted the Fan Favorite Winner as part of the Steak-umm Firehouse Challenge in 2014. He was able to donate $10,000 of the winnings to the John Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund. As part of the campaign, he appeared in a nationally televised commercial, the Steve Harvey Show and prepared his slider live on Fox & Friends. He then became a Brand Ambassador for Steak-umm Meats and participated in the Steak-umm Firehouse 2nd Chance Challenge and went on to help raise thousands of dollars for other Firehouses and the National Fallen Fire Fighter’s Foundation.

Following the Steak-umm Campaign, he won the semi-final round in Budweiser’s’ Bud & Burgers competition at the Taste of Cincinnati. His "Ladder 7 Burger" then moved on to the finals at the Budweiser Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri where Celebrity Chef David Chang choose his burger as one of the Top 3 Burgers in the country. Following that, he was selected as the Grand Champion for the "Just a Pinch" recipe competition where he was awarded a "Blue Ribbon" and received a golden ticket to compete in the World Food Championships. At the WFC he was a Top 10 Finisher in the Pasta Division and was also the Runner-Up in the Kansas City High Steaks Invitational Challenge, which placed the Top 10 WFC Chefs against one another in a Steak Cook-Off. Following the World Food Championship, he participated and won the Chevron Game Day Chef South East Regional Champion in Atlanta, Georgia, and competed in the finals at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California as one of 6 National Grand Finalists. Most recently he was featured in the cook book, “Eat Like a Firefighter”.

Won the “Top Firehouse BBQ Championship Team” trophy and swept the 2016 Boca Locals March Meatball Competition in both the tradition and “out of the box” categories against some of the finest Chefs in Boca Raton. And lastly, he appeared on the Food Networks newest Cooking competition series "Cooks vs. Cons" where he cooked for Celebrity Chef’s Geoffrey Zakarian, Graham Elliot and Buddy Valastra.

The Firefighter Foodie | Boca Raton, FL | Web

Burgers By The Beach Jamie Frankel

Meet Grill Master Judge Jamie Frankel. As the dedicated grill-man of all the family BBQ's, my love for burgers began when I was tailgating at a football game. The smell, the fire, the taste, it all blended perfectly and has now grown into an obsession that has taken on new meaning. Creating a burger social club gave me a way to get my friends together. Also, it allowed me to explore the various menus that populated throughout the surrounding cities. Chicago is where it all started, a couple of friends meeting for burgers. "We should do this monthly,” we all said. And so it began... The Windy City Burger Club was formed back on October 1st, 2008. After a solid year in Chicago, my wife and I relocated back down to South Florida and so did my love for burgers. We expanded the club to now become Burgers by the Beach covering as much of the 561 & 954 area codes as we can... with its members: Lunchbox, Sgt. Sauce, Double Stack, Lil Dipper, Meat Sweats, Poppa Bypass & Vegmaster. Aside from being a long standing judge of the competition & burger blogger I am now co-founder of the Floridian Beer Society. A social media beer society the has become your go-to only outlet for all things craft beer in South Florida. @FloridianBeerSociety on Facebook - also - #FLBeerSociety

Burgers By The Beach, "Don't forget to share your leftovers." | Web

Florida Food and Farm Magazine Jan Norris

Meet Grill Master Judge Jan Norris, contributing editor of Florida Food & Farm magazine, is a career food journalist and publishes the website, She writes about the South Florida food and dining scene as well as travel in the Sunshine State for a number of publications, freelancing after a 26-year career as food editor at The Palm Beach Post. Jan’s a fifth-generation Floridian, living in Palm Beach County, and enthusiastically promotes her state – quirky bits and all. | Web

Big 105.9 FM Danny Rivera

Meet Grill Master Judge Danny Rivera, for over 22 years he has been on over 10 radio stations in the Miami / Ft. Lauderdale area as an On-Air Personality. He began his career on Y100, then worked at other HUGE stations like Mega 94.9, Coast 97.3, Zeta 94.9, 93 Rock, Mix 98, Lite 101.5, SiriusXM, and can be currently heard every weekend on BIG 105.9. Danny is also one of Miami’s most listened to traffic reporters every afternoon on all IheartMedia stations in Miami-Dade and Broward. Danny also lends his voiceover talents for several clients such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Miami Marlins, Subway, and several other infomercial TV projects. Danny is originally from Uruguay but definitely is a Miami guy since he grew up in South Florida. He’s a proud Dad of a freshman at FIU, where he graduated with dual degrees in Communications and Criminal Justice. He considers himself an amateur foodie, travels internationally every year, and loves to play poker as much as possible.

BIG 105.9 | Web

Weekend Broward Rob Adler

Meet Grill Master Judge Rob Adler, better known as The Weekend Concierge, is a publisher, blogger, photographer and promoter of live music events throughout South Florida. He operates several websites which are used by anyone searching for local events involving live music, karaoke, comedy and even food trucks in and around Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and more recently West Palm Beach.

Weekend Broward | Web

City of Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Robert Weinroth

Meet Grill Master Judge City Commissioner Robert S Weinroth, first elected to the Boca Raton City Council in a special election in March 2014. He was re-elected to a full 3-year term, without opposition, in March 2015.

In his first term as a member of the Council, Weinroth was also elected to serve as Vice-Chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). All members of the Council are, simultaneously, elected as Commissioners of the CRA.

At the organizational meeting, held on March 31, 2015, Mr. Weinroth was elected to serve as Deputy Mayor, succeeding, term limited Deputy Mayor Constance Scott. Mr. Weinroth was also appointed to be a Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Mayor Susan Haynie is currently Chair of this important forum for county planning. The Palm Beach MPO provides both long-range and short-term transportation planning for all of Palm Beach County.

Commissioner Weinroth is a 25 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney and small businessman. He is married to Pamela with four boys and two dogs in their blended family.

Commissioner Weinroth is a proud member of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce (where he continues to be active on the Government Affairs & Economic Development Committees), the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club and volunteers, when he can, at Boca Helping Hands. He is an advocate for nonprofit organizations including Tri-County Animal Rescue, Boca Raton Police Athletic League, Boca Raton Museum, Boca Raton Historical Society, American Association of Care Giving Youth, Boca Ballet Theatre, Place of Hope at the Haven, PROPEL, George Snow Scholarship Fund and Family Promise, to name a few.

Commissioner Robert S Weinroth | City of Boca Raton


The Food For Thought Show Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard is a Boca Raton resident, transplanted from NYC 29 years ago...and is a professional musician, semi-professional comedian, and a radio veteran from WSHE, Y-100, WQAM, WHTQ, and POWER 96. Peter's "The Food For Thought Radio Show" has been broadcasting from area restaurants for 4 years, and can be heard on 1470 a.m. and Thursday nights.

The Food For Thought Radio Show | Web