[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.

Eric Veldman Miller

[JUDGE] Eric Veldman Miller

Eric Veldman Miller is the owner of V Miller Meats in East Sacramento, a butcher and a chef. This guy knows burgers. A veteran of the last four burger battles Eric has eaten around the world at the last three times as well as been a competitor on 2018, “where by all accounts he was robbed ;)”

Mark Tarbell

[JUDGE] Chef Mark Tarbell

Mark Tarbell is the chef/owner of Tarbell’s Restaurant, Tarbell’s Catering, The Tavern restaurant, and The Wine Store, all in Phoenix.  An “Iron Chef America” winner, he was the host of the Emmy Award winning “Check Please! Arizona” on PBS and has been nominated for an Emmy as the host of “Plate & Pour”, also on PBS.

Gregory Berger

[JUDGE] Gregory Berger

Born and raised in Ohio, Greg Berger moved West first to Chicago then to San Francisco, before settling in Sacramento. He owns a design studio called Pomegranate Design that focuses on graphic design for non-profits and the restaurant industry. His new book Burgers & Buns: Handcrafted Burgers from Top to Bottom is now available. He has won blue ribbons for the past 5 years for his breads at the California State Fair, has created bread recipes for some of Sacramento’s top restaurants, writes recipes for California Family Fitness and usually has some buns on hand if anyone wants any.

Joey Garcia

[JUDGE] Joey Garcia

Joey Garcia judges the annual San Francisco Taste Awards and considers herself a burger connoisseur. For more than 22 years she has written the “Ask Joey” advice column in the Sacramento News & Review. She’s also Fox40’s Relationship Expert.

Steph Rodriguez

[JUDGE] Steph Rodriguez

Steph Rodriguez is the dining editor at the Sacramento News & Review and received first place at the California News Publishers Association for the Dessert Issue she created last year. She’s also a two-time scholarship recipient from the Sacramento Press Club taking classes at Sacramento State and working toward her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She’s covered beats such as food, news, music, arts and culture for the past decade in the Farm-to-Fork Capital.

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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