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Judges

We are grateful and honored to have world renowned judges at our very own Taste of Gainesville, Iron Chef Competition.

Don’t miss your chance to meet the guest celebrity judges at the 8th Annual Taste of Gainesville Iron Chef Competition.

The 2017 Iron Chef Judges:

Sepp Stoner

Born in Texas, Chef Sepp Stoner graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and soon began his culinary career as a Line Cook at The Alpenrose in Germany. Since then, Sepp has worked in a multitude of restaurants across the East Coast including Arlington Club in New York City, David Burke Kitchen in New York City, High Cotton Maverick Group in South Carolina and Peninsula Grill/Planters Inn in South Carolina eventually landing the Executive Chef position at Ralph Lauren’ Polo Bar in New York City. As the Executive Chef at the Polo Bar, Sepp developed American comfort food menu items and daily specials for the casual yet refined restaurant inspired by Ralph Lauren himself.

angie judgeAngie Shaghaghi

 

Growing up in the Florida Golf Coast town of Tarpon Springs, Angie Shaghaghi and her five siblings were practically raised in the kitchen.  Vegetables were home grown, fish was always freshly caught and trips to the supermarket were a family affair.  Chef Angie’s father instilled in his children a love of home cooked meals at a very young age.  The family garden was their hub, ripe with various greens, mangoes, oranges and grapefruit trees.  Everything was cultivated, picked and cooked by family hands.  She remembers how neighbors would meet after church to feast on an array of dishes.  Ones that had slowed cooked since the early hours of the day.  

Working with fresh ingredients around the family kitchen inspired her love of creating traditional family meals.  Now, Chef Angie is committed to bringing the spirit of home cooking to homes across America.  She loves to combine the bold flavors of spices such as cumin, paprika, sumac, saffron and turmeric to give an international flair inspired by her travels around the world.  Chef Angie became familiar with these exotic spices while living in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.  These experiences helped to season her career and understand more about the diversity of the world.


TV Credits:
In 2008, she was selected to appear in Rachael Ray’s daytime reality show titled:  “Hey Can You Cook?!”  For 5 weeks, she competed along with four other amateur cooks, whom were selected from thousands of entries received.  Along the journey, as part of her food challenges, she cooked for Michael Buble, restaurateurs/Chefs Ming Tsai and Gordon Ramsey.
This experience sealed the deal that her future was in the kitchen.

In 2009, she appeared on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ with host Ted Allen.  Judges Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and culinary master chefs Aaron Sanchez and Scott Cohen, all agreed that Chef Angie “cooked with heart”.  
She believes cooking with your families and using fresh ingredients can make a difference in our lives.  She appeared on Good Day New York preparing family meals and desserts with host, Rosanna Scotto.

Chef Angie would appear again on the small screen in 2011, voted “fan favorite” for the “All-Star” reunion of Rachael Ray’s, “Hey, Can You Cook?!”  The competition would lead her and fellow contestants to Oaxaca Mexico, with Marcela Valladolid from ‘The Kitchen’ as their culinary guide.

In 2013, she was cast to appear as a culinary expert and judge for Food Network/Lipton Tea ‘Chopped’ commercial series with Ted Allen.
Last Spring Chef Angie got back in the reality kitchen on Food Network’s newest hit series, ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ starring Alton Brown.

Network television is not the only place you can see Chef Angie.  She also hosts events, conducts cooking demonstrations,  private parties, and is a celebrity spokesperson of numerous brands such as Kontos Foods, a leader in Mediterranean specialty products and Oberg & Lindquist, leaders in premium kitchen appliances, custom designs.
She was the cover story of the prestigious (201) magazine and featured in Today’s Black Woman magazine, as a “Woman on the Move’.  

Chef Angie lives in New Jersey where she owns and operates a mobile cooking school called, Creative Cooks.  Her clients consist of students as young as three years old.  What started out as a loving passion eight years ago with the first six students, has grown into a lucrative year round business with over three hundred students in class each week.  Chef Angie attributes never giving up and following your passion to her success.  As well as the love and support of her three kids.

Go to Angie Shaghaghi's Website

DavidDavid Leite 

David Leite is a food writer, author, memoirist, and web publisher. He founded the website and blog Leite’s Culinaria (LCcooks.com) in 1999. In 2006, he had the distinction of being the first winner ever of a James Beard Award for a website, a feat he repeated in 2007.

 
In April, his most recent book, “Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression,” was published by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Forbes called it “a beautifully-written book…poignant and rich." His first book, “The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast,” explored the food of his heritage and won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award.
 
David has written about everything from chocolate chip cookies to fried clams, from the foods of Portugal to tribulations of being a super taster—for print, radio, and television. He’s also written for the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Men’s Health, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, among others.
 
Besides being a writer, David is a correspondent and guest host on public radio’s "The Splendid Table." He’s also been a frequent guest and host on Martha Stewart Living Radio programs, including “Cooking Today,” as well as a guest on Lucinda Scala Quinn’s program, “Mad Hungry Monday.” He’s been heard on NPR’s “All Thing Considered” and has appeared on History Channel 2’s “United Stuff of America,” Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay,” “The Today Show,” “Radical Sabbatical,” and is a regular guest on WTNH-TV.
 
David won the 2008 James Beard Award for Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes for his article “In a ’64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date with a Clam” and was nominated for the same award the following year for his article “Perfection? Hint: It’s Warm and Has a Secret,” both for the New York Times. He was a 2006 winner of the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism. In 2014, he was nominated for both Best Blog and Best Podcast Series by the IACP. His work has appeared in the Best Food Writing series a total of 14 times, from 2001 to 2015, a record.  
 

Go to David Leite's Website