Boca Burger Battle 2018 judges to be announced


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

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

Big 105.9 FM Ghia

Meet Grill Master Judge Ghia, born and raised in New York, Ghia was pursuing a Media Studies degree at The New School when she landed an internship with Z100’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. This internship eventually led to her first official job in radio as a phone screener for Elvis Duran and Z100. Within the year she took the next step in her career when she packed up and took off to Alaska to be the Morning Show Co-Host at KFAT in Anchorage. It wasn’t long until Ghia returned to the East Coast, landing at Cox Media Group in Long Island, working on-air at WBLI and sister station WBAB. Soon Ghia had the opportunity to take her talents back to New York City, first at the legendary WPLJ and then at Fresh 102.7. Currently, Ghia is co-hosting morning drive alongside Miami radio legend, Paul Castronovo on BIG 105.9. Her infectious and honest personality has added a spark to the morning show, which is currently #1 rated with Men 25-54, and #3 with Adults 25-54. In her spare time, Ghia is working on launching her very own lifestyle blog, feeding her TMZ addiction, eating deep fried anything and late night binge shopping!

BIG 105.9 | Web

Big 105.9 FM Robert Calvert

Meet Grill Master Judge Rob Calvert, he is proud to be a part of the new Paul Castronovo Show on Big 105.9 in Miami / Ft. Lauderdale. He came to be a part of this extraordinary morning show and station as he wound down his 25th year in radio. Rob is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where he worked at the legendary WEBN with The Dawn Patrol. From there he moved to Orlando, Florida at O-Rock 105.9, and then just shy of 10 years in Philadelphia with WMGK and The John DeBella Show. Aside from his passion in radio, Rob enjoys collecting art and painting, writing, and is an avid fan of sharks and nature. Through the years his travels have taken him to several parts of Mexico, Jamaica, Indonesia, Vietnam, and dozens of places in the U.S. He also is a movie addict, pop culture junkie, and fan of just about any food that is spicy and interesting. Another of his passions is the affairs of Veterans. Rob is a true believer in taking care of those who have sacrificed so much. He has actively worked to accumulate a collection of guitars autographed by Rod Stewart, KISS, CSN, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton, and dozens of others…then auctioned them off with the proceeds going to Veterans groups that he’s worked intimately with. He very much wants to continue that work in his new Florida home.

BIG 105.9 | 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 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


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 900 AM Sunday's Noon to 2 PM.

The Food For Thought Radio Show | Web