[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.

[JUDGE] Jeremy Kossler

Jeremy Kossler is a certified burger judge and the founder of the Denver Burger Battle event that inspired the Sacramento Burger Battle. He sells plastics.

[JUDGE] Chef Bill Ngo

Chef Bill Ngo is the Founder, Chef and Partner of Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, Fish Face Poke Bar and Healthy Hounds Kitchen in Sacramento, CA.

[JUDGE] Chef Pedro Depina

For over twenty years, Chef Pedro DePina has been at the forefront of the Sacramento food scene, including restaurants such as Biba Ristorante Italiano, Ettore’s European Bakery & Restaurant, Café Bernardo and Esquire Grill. Let’s just say burgers are his thing! DePina is a two-time participant in the Sacramento Burger Battle, where in 2012 he was the only contestant to be placed in the Top Three by both the judges and “People’s Choice.” A year later, DePina became the winner of the championship belt for “Best Burger.” He is currently the corporate chef at Selland’s Family Restaurants

[JUDGE] Janelle Bitker

Janelle Bitker is a professional food writer with previous stints as the managing editor and food critic at the East Bay Express and Sacramento News & Review. You can find her upcoming works at Eater San Francisco.

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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