2022 Teams & Judges

Judges

Albert Tash – Executive Chef

Albert Tash is the Executive Chef at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Tash, a Canadian, has been the recipient of many prestigious awards over the years – including a President’s Award, Chef of the Year Award, and a Gold Medal at the World Culinary Arts Festival. With 20 years of experience as an Executive Chef, his prior employment includes Ameristar, Great Canadian Gaming, and Boyd Gaming.

Chef Rene J. Marquis

Chef Rene J. Marquis worked as a Garde Manger and a Chef Tournant at the Broadmoor Hotel. As of January 2014, he’s a retired combat veteran of 21 years. He was Team Captain of The United States Army Culinary Arts Team and attended the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. He is an American Culinary Federation Judge, and starred in Café Mom Studio’s kitchen segment, “Dinner Boot Camp.” Chef Marquis is a Corporate Chef for F. Dick USA and the Chairmen of the Board for the ACF Tampa Bay Chapter. 

Vanessa Marquis

Chef Vanessa Marquis, CEC is a Research & Development Chef at FSC Franchise Co. Chef Marquis has served the last 8 years on the ACF Tampa Bay Chapter Board and currently holds the position of President. Her husband and fellow Chef, Rene Marquis, received the Humanitarian Medal from World Chefs Without Borders, and she is a Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation and was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs last year.  

Steve Phelps

Chef Phelps worked in Cleveland’s top restaurants before moving to Sarasota more than ten years ago. His love of the ocean’s bounty and involvement in sustainability have earned him praise from conservation organizations nationwide. In 2014 and 2015 he was a semi-finalist for James Beard Foundation Best Chef South. A constant educator of his guests, staff, and the community, his mission is simple: good sourcing and respect for the planet.

St. Pete

Joshua Breen

Susan Burdian

Social Roast

Team Captain

Tampa Bay Food Fight Presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa

Caleb Edwards

Tampa Bay Food Fight Presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa

Matthew Smith

Tampa Bay Food Fight Presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa

Lee Aquino

Tampa

Taro Larrea

Anne Kearny

Oak & Ola

Team Captain

Tampa Bay Food Fight Presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa

Ricardo Nava

Tampa Bay Food Fight Presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa

Drew Dimitrovski

Tampa Bay Food Fight Presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa

Billy Zeko

David Puatu

Bryce Bonsack

Past Teams

2021

Judges

Norman Van Aken
Adrienne Gang, Bravo TV’s Below Deck
Joe Isidori, JOTORO Kitchen + Tequila Bar
Lee Ann Whippen, KCBS Certified Judge, celebrity pitmaster, restaurateur

Team St. Pete

Joshua Breen, Annata Wine Bar (Captian)
Jason Borajkiewicz, The Restorative
Susan Burdain, Social Roast
Burton Pratt, Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria
Kevin Riley, Levy Restaurants & Tampa Bay Rays
James Renew, The Little Lamb Gastropub
Mike Crippin, The Studio Public House

Team Tampa (winner)

Taro Larrea, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood (Captian)
Sean Brasel, Meat Market
Joe Dodd, King of the Coop
Casey Ryan, Legends & Tampa Bay Buccanneers
Amy Pattison, Mise en Place
Waylon Nelson, Delaware North & Tampa Bay Lightning
Matthew Zappoli, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

2020

Judges

Thaddeus Bullard a.k.a. WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil
Chad Johnson, Haven
Angela and Andrew Duncan, The Duncan Duo
Kim Miller-Boivin, Culinary Director of Welbilt
Helen Freund, Tampa Bay Times, Food and Dining Food Critic

 

Team St. Pete (winner)

Jason Ruhe, Brick & Mortar (Captain)
Ted Dorsey, The Mill, Chair
Tyson Grant, Parkshore Grill
Ben Hooper, The Dewey
Art Kucherenko, Sola Bistro & Wine Bar
Colin Reinsmith, Sea Worthy Fish + Bar
Rob Reinsmith, Wild Child

 

Team Tampa

Michael Buttacavoli, Cena (Captain)
James Maita, Sacred Pepper
Frank Anderson, Seminole Hard Rock
Jason Saldutti, Forbici
Taro Larrea, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Adam Polisei, Ocean Prime

2019

Judges

Norman Van Aken, Chef and author
James Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig
Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig
Helen Freund, Tampa Bay Times, Food Critic

Hosts

Thaddeus Bullard, a.k.a. WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil
Aaron Jacobson, Newsradio WFLA
Tom “Tkras” Krasniqie, 95.3 WDAE
Jeff Philbin, Master Chef Finalist

Team St. Pete (winner)

Ted Dorsey, The Mill, Chair
Rachel Bennett, The Library, Captain
Jonathan Atanacio, K Club Bistro
Joshua Breen, Alto Mare
Jordan Buendia, Rococo Steak
Hector Garcia, Paul’s Landing
Jason Ruhe, Brick & Mortar
Viet Vo, Sekushi

Team Tampa

Candy DeBartolo, Sacred Pepper, Chair
James Maita, Sacred Pepper, Captain
Paul Boucher, Mise en Place
Hab Hamde, Bern’s
Anne Kearney, Oak & Ola
Taro Larrea, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Adam Polisei, Ocean Prime
Adrihel H. Rosario, Oystercatchers

2018

Judges

Cory Bahr
Cindy Hutson
Victoria Jordan Rodriquez
Serena Poon
Laura Reiley

Team St. Pete (winner)

Stephen Schrutt, Chair
Ted Dorsey, The Mill, Captain
Lee Aquino, The Birchwood
Adam Beckett, Locale Market
Rachell Bennett, The Library
David Benstock, Il Ritorno
Chris Fernandez, Red Mesa
Tyson Grant, Parkshore Grill
Lee Jasper, Dr. BBQ

Team Tampa

Jeff Gigante, Chair
Chad Johnson, Haven, Captain
Ferrell Alvarez, Rooster & the Till
Michael Buttacavoli, Cena
Nathan Hardin, Steelbach
Felicia LaCalle, Hemingways
James Maita, Sacred Pepper
Courtney Orwig, Haven
Jason Saldutti, Forbici

2017

Judges

Cory Bahr
Marty Blitz
Mike Calta
Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe
Art Smith

Team St. Pete

Matthew Brennan, Paul’s Landing
Luke Decker, The Birchwood
Ted Dorsey, The Mill
Tyson Grant, Parkshore Grill
Rob Reinsmith, Noble Crust
Jason Ruhe, Brick & Mortar
Jeffrey Jew, Stillwaters Tavern

Team Tampa (winner)

Richard Anderson, Oxford Exchange
Michael Buttacavoli, Cena
Chad Johnson, Haven
Antoine Ludcene, Cask
Robert Masson, 717 South
Ryan Mitchell, Fresh Kitchen