Judges

 

 

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.

 

 

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Chef Sean Andre'

Chef Sean Andre Food Network Winner of $20,000 on Guy’s Grocery Game was also a semi-finalist on Cutthroat Kitchen with Ocho Cinco. He has cooked for Michelle Obama at the White House, was the 2016 Winner of the Sactown Wing Festival for best specialty Wing and his famous White Chocolate glazed doughnut bread pudding recipe was featured in Sactown Magazine last year. Chef Andre was also the Appetizer chef in the Sacramento Tower Bridge Dinner in 2016. Chef Andre now serves as the personal chef to boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. You can find him on all social media at @chefseanandre

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Richard McComb

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Richard McComb is an award-winning British food writer, restaurant reviewer and competition judge. A member of The Guild of Food Writers, he has judged cooking contests involving young cooks and professional chefs and was a Top 10 BBQ judge at the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL, in 2016.

 

 

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Kevin Alexander is the James Beard award winning National Burger Critic and Writer at Large for Thrillist. Last year, during his Burger Quest project, he ate over 330 burgers in 30 cities in an effort to name USA’s best burger. Currently, Alexander is working on a book for Penguin Press about America’s growing obsession with eating and drinking over the last decade.

 

 

 

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Chef Pajo Bruich

Chef Pajo Bruich has been the Executive Chef at Lounge ON20, and Enotria in Sacramento before moving on to become the Executive Chef for Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in San Francisco. His love for burgers goes back decades to when he used to dress up in a burger outfit to promote his family’s burger restaurant.

 

 

 

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Chef Jane Anderson
Jane Anderson is the pastry chef at Ella Dining Room and Bar. She was named the 2014 Legacy award winner by Les Dames d’Escoffier International and has been featured in publications such as Sacramento, Sactown, and Edible magazine. Jane spent 3 years in Maui opening the wildly popular destination restaurant Merriman’s. She returned to her hometown of Sacramento in 2011 and has been bringing a whimsical elegance to the Sacramento dessert scene ever since. Jane likes her burgers the way she likes her men… beefy.
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Judges Table

New this year! You can take a seat at the Sacramento Burger Battle Judges Table!

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

 

 

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YOU! 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 September 14 in Cesar Chavez Plaza!