Boca Burger Battle 2015

MEET OUR "2015 GRILL MASTER JUDGES"

Publix Aprons Cooking School Aprons Cooking School Chef Rey

Chief Grill Master Team Captain
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

Burgers On The Beach Jamie Frankel

Meet 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.

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

Florida Food and Farm Magazine Jan Norris

Meet Jan Norris, contributing editor of Florida Food & Farm magazine, is a career food journalist and publishes the website, JanNorris.com. 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.

JanNorris.com | Web

Whole Heap of Goodness Chad Thilborger

Meet Chad Thilborger, a New Orleans gentleman with deep roots in the heart of Cajun Country. At 6’4”, a booming voice and even bigger laugh; people always describe him as “larger than life.” But to family and friends who really know him, his persona has little to do with his size and much more to do with how he lives his life. Chad’s philosophy about food and life is simple. You get a whole heap more out of life when you add more spice, color and a tad more effort to into everyday things. Chad is much more than just food; even though, preparation and enjoyment of food plays a huge part. What do you expect from a gentleman raised in Southern Louisiana? His passion runs deeper. A way of life learned from all the folks who impacted mine: my parents, grandparents Maw & Paw, Uncle Pat, Aunt Annie and his Nanny. Because Chad has so many wonderful memories and recipes, he was compelled to write them down in the first cookbook, A Whole Heap of Goodness. Chad’s approach to cooking is straightforward. He encourages people to experiment, try new things and not be a slave to a recipe. He promises that your family's favorite meals will be the ones where you tried something a little bit different and made it your own. Currently Chad travels the United States and the globe telling his story, cooking up some fun, and encouraging ordinary people to engage their authentic heart and cook something extra ordinary their family will love. Let go of inhibitions…be inspired…live and cook with passion! In the past year Chad has been a featured motivational speaker as well as a cooking demonstrator and a regular at Williams-Sonoma locations, as well as cooking or speaking at events both across the United States and around the world.

A Whole Heap of Goodness | Web

Weekend Broward Rob Adler

Meet 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 Deputy Mayor 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.

Deputy Mayor Weinroth is a 24 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.

Deputy Mayor 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.

Deputy Mayor Robert S Weinroth | City of Boca Raton

CBS 12 News Sam Kerrigan

Meet Sam Kerrigan, a South Florida native, grew up in Coconut Creek before moving to Gainesville to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Florida. She was thrilled to move back home to South Florida when she got hired at CBS12 after graduating from UF. She joined the CBS12 News team as a video editor, but has since earned her spot as a morning traffic reporter. She is also very active on Social Media for CBS12. She played an important role in the launch of CBS12's "In Ur Facebook" segment, a native Facebook video reviewing of the day’s most interesting stories. Sam loves to dance and stay active. She enjoys running, relaxing at the beach and spending time with family and friends. She's also a huge sports fan! Go Gators!

Sam Kerrigan | CBS 12 News


MEET OUR "MASTER OF CEREMONIES" FOR THE 4TH
A GRILLING AFFAIR!

The Food For Thought Show Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard is a Boca Raton resident, transplanted from NYC 28 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 wwnnradio.com Thursday nights at 6pm from MEATBALL ROOM in Boca Raton.

The Food For Thought Radio Show | Web