JUDGES

Alice Waters

Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, is an American pioneer of a culinary philosophy that maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally. She is a passionate advocate for a food economy that is “good, clean, and fair.” Over the course of nearly forty years, Chez Panisse has helped create a community of scores of local farmers and ranchers whose dedication to sustainable agriculture assures the restaurant a steady supply of fresh and pure ingredients.

Robert Egger

Robert Egger is the Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen,” where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program, where unemployed men and women learn marketable skills while donations are converted into balanced meals. Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen has produced over 23 million meals and helped 800 men and women gain full-time employment. The Kitchen operates its own revenue-generating business, Fresh Start Catering, as well as the Campus Kitchens Project, which coordinates similar recycling/meal programs in 30 college or high school based kitchens.

Sean Baker

Esquire Magazine’s “2010 Chef of the Year” is a passionate chef who brings his rustic and innovative cooking style to Gather Restaurant. Sean’s menu is driven by the hard work of the farmers, ranchers, and cheese makers that Gather supports. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Sean began a long stint at Millennium Restaurant’s vegan kitchen. He worked at Zibibbo and Google’s Kitchens, and then took the role of Executive Chef at Gabriella Café where he received local and national recognition. Just before starting at Gather, Sean was the consulting Executive Chef for Bonny Doon Vineyards Cellar Door.

Anya Fernald

Anya Fernald is an author, regular Foodnetwork Iron Chef judge and currently runs Live Culture Company and works with the famous Eat Real Festival.

She has directed programs for the Slow Food Foundation in Italy, led a Farm-to-School program, a social venture produce distribution company, and the California Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign for CAFF. Anya launched the inaugural edition of Slow Food Nation in San Francisco in 2007, serving as the organization’s Executive Director.

Rosalie Howarth

Rosalie Howarth was born and raised in Northern California, started in radio in the free-form “progressive” days of the 1970s, and joined KFOG in 1983, living in the Bay Area for the last 26 years. Heard on both days on the Weekend KFOG, she hosts Acoustic Sunrise and Sunset on Sundays, one of the heritage World Class Rock station’s most popular features, and a beloved Bay Area tradition. She also serves as the station’s Director of Special Programming and curates the extensive KFOG Archives.

Charlie Hallowell

Charlie Hallowell is the founder of Pizzaiolo and Boot and Shoe Service. His early work at Chez Panisse “engaged and enlivened” him and his restaurants today embody his love of food, local politics and the nightly production of mealtime narrative.

Lynne Char Bennett

Lynne Char Bennett (San Francisco Chronicle) is the tasting coordinator and writes the weekly “Pairings” column, for which she creates recipes for specific wines recommended by The Chronicle tasting panel. An instructor for The Chronicle Cooking School, Bennett also has taught at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, from which she graduated. Bennett also consults, caters, works as a private chef and is a member of the Association of Food Journalists. In 2003, she was the co-recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Newspaper Series, “Turkey Training Camp.”

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