The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray is fast approaching! We are pleased to present The Very Best Burger Award once again this year, and last week discussed how it is quickly on the rise to become one of the most iconic awards of all time. But before the Award is bestowed, an expert panel of judges must determine which Burger fits the bill and is worthy of the title of The Very Best Burger.
Like all Festival events, all proceeds benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.
Let’s Meet Our Judges
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Adam Richman’s passion for diverse culinary specialties and all things edible was ignited by his early experiences in the food mecca of New York City. Most widely known as the host of one of the Travel Channel’s highest rated shows, “Man v. Food,” Adam also hosted Travel Channel’s “Secret Eats with Adam Richman” in which he traveled the globe to uncover unique, surprising and delicious hidden food treasures.
After earning a master’s degree in fine art from Yale University, Adam began his food journey by documenting his culinary discoveries while on the road between regional theater productions. He subsequently built his resume by working in nearly every echelon of the restaurant world, from coast-to-coast and from the counter to the kitchen. His curiosity and passion for food led to his hosting and co-executive producer roles on his hit Travel Channel series’ “Man v. Food Nation,” “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America” and “Fandemonium.” Adam has also hosted NBC’s food competition show “Food Fighters,” and has authored two books – America the Edible: A Hungry History, from Sea to Dining Sea (Rodale Publishing, 2010) and Straight-Up Tasty: Meals, Memories, and Mouthfuls from My Travels (Clarkson Potter, 2015).
Ayesha Curry is a Canadian born, Charlotte, NC-raised wife and mom currently living in the San Francisco bay area. As a busy mom to her two daughters, Riley and Ryan, and wife to NBA superstar Stephen Curry, Ayesha is always on the go and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Ayesha has appeared as a judge on hit Food Network show’s such as Chopped Junior and Guy’s Grocery Games, and in the fall of 2016 will premiere her own Food Network show, Ayesha’s Homemade. She is also a regular contributor and frequent guest on the Rachael Ray Show and Good Morning America, and has been featured as a go-to lifestyle expert in top lifestyle print and online publications including Food and Wine, ELLE, Vogue, Forbes, Time, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Essence, POPSUGAR, Refinery29, Elite Daily and Sunset Magazine.
Rev Run is one of the most iconic figures in music, having sold tens of millions of records worldwide and is widely credited for ushering rap music into mainstream culture. An inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Run-D.M.C. was named the greatest hip-hop artist of all-time by both MTV and VH1. With his trademark Adidas sneakers, black track suits, and gold chains, Run has long been a global fashion influencer. His hit MTV show, Run’s House, aired for six seasons and became one of the most widely viewed shows on cable television. Rev most recently starred in Rev Run’s Renovation on DIY and HGTV Networks, and Rev Runs Around the World on Travel Channel.
Emilio Estfean is a world-renowned music, television and film producer who has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, Gloria, as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada among many others. Emilio has achieved incredible success throughout his career, boasting more than 40 years of industry-leading achievements, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and induction into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame just to name a few. With a resume that includes 19 Grammy Awards, Emilio has experimented and pushed the envelope of blending Latin, pop and world rhythms creating a unique style and personality that has created chart-topping worldwide hits. It is this vision that transcends the music field and spills over into film, television, hotels and restaurants, among other business endeavors including serving as the Executive Producer of the Tony-Award nominated smash Broadway musical, On Your Feet!
Jill Martin is an 8-time Emmy Award winning TV Personality, Sportscaster, Fashion Expert and New York Times Best-Selling Author. She is a Broadcaster for the New York Knicks, has a lifestyle brand on QVC “GILI” & is a contributor on NBC’s Today Show reporting on the latest fashion/beauty trends and entertainment stories.
David Bromstad is the original winner of HGTV Design Star, which led to his role as host and designer on his first hit series for HGTV, Color Splash, where David transforms tired rooms into vibrant, unforgettable spaces. David completed more than 100 episodes for Color Splash around the country including San Francisco, New York and Miami. David has also appeared on HGTV programs including HGTV’d, HGTV Showdown, Bang for Your Buck, and more.
David’s designs have been described as being on the cutting edge of commercial and residential trends with a keen and sophisticated eye on color and style. He now brings that wealth of experience into your home or business through his Miami design firm, David Bromstad Designs, which provides services throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.