chef michael thiemann mother

[JUDGE] Chef Michael Thiemann

Chef Michael Thiemann is a Sacramento native that has cooked his way from California to New Zealand to Hawaii to San Francisco and back home to open up his critically acclaimed vegetarian restaurant, Mother and the upcoming meat centric Empress Tavern underneath the Crest Theatre on K street in downtown Sacramento.

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[JUDGE] Rick Mindermann

Rick Mindermann is the Store Director of Corti Brothers, Sacramento’s internationally known Grocer and Wine Merchant since 1947. In his 35th year as culinary professional in Sacramento, Rick has experienced a vast diversity of international food and drink during his travels on four continents while on foraging missions for Corti Brothers.

Chef Oliver Ridgeway

[JUDGE] Chef Oliver Ridgeway

Chef Oliver Ridgeway,  a Sussex, England native settled in Sacramento in 2011 after 20 years of experience perfecting his passion all over the world, Chef Ridgeway is at the helm of Grange Restaurant & Bar. He lives with his wife and 2 young children who are thrilled to now call the acclaimed capital city of California their home.

John Birdsall

[JUDGE] John Birdsall

John Birdsall is a food writer and ex-cook in Oakland, California. He received a 2014 James Beard Award for writing, and his work has appeared in Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, San Francisco magazine, SF Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more.

J Kenji Lopez-Alt

[JUDGE] J. Kenji López-Alt

J. Kenji López-Alt is the managing culinary director of, author of the James Beard Award-nominated column The Food Lab, and a columnist for Cooking Light. His wildly anticipated first book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science goes on sale September 21st everywhere. He lives in San Mateo with his wife Adriana and two dogs, Jamón and Shabu.

Laura McIntosh

[JUDGE] Laura McIntosh

Laura McIntosh is the Emmy and James Beard Award nominated and multiple award-winning Host/Producer/Co-Creator of “BRINGING IT HOME WITH LAURA McINTOSH,” the fun and informative syndicated lifestyle-traveling-cooking program currently airing nationally on PBS and the Create networks.

People's Choice Vote

You be the Judge!

After tasting the delicious burger samples from participating restaurants, all Sacramento Burger Battle attendees will get a special token so they can cast their vote for the People’s Choice best burger award. Let your burger voice be heard this National Cheeseburger Day!

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