[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] Chef Keith Breedlove

Chef Keith Breedlove is the award winning chef and owner of the Culinerdy Cruzer food truck. A previous Sacramento Burger Battle top finisher with several Food Network appearances including Cutthroat Kitchen, Guy’s Grocery Games and Bar Rescue.

[JUDGE] Chef Katsuji Tanabe

Chef Katsuji Tanabe is a Top Chef contestant, FoodNetwork Chopped Champion, restaurant owner and the best Mexican Kosher chef in the world. The secret menu burger at his Mexikosher restaurant in LA (and now NYC) is the stuff of legends!

[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.

[JUDGE] Wade Fortin

Chef Wade Fortin heads up marketing for Bull Outdoor Products and is a two time World Burger Champion in the annual World Food Championships cooking competition.

[JUDGE] Chef Rina Younan

Chef Rina Younan is the Executive Chef of Oakmont of Roseville and 3 time winner of Food Network TV cooking competitions (Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell, Cutthroat Kitchen and Beat Bobby Flay.

[JUDGES EXPERIENCE] Charity Auction: Seat at the Judges Table

New for 2016! You can take a seat at the Sacramento Burger Battle Judges Table!

Learn more about our charity auction: http://bit.ly/BurgerJudge

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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