Meet the Judges + the Emcee
The 2018 Top Local Chef is emceed by Noah Pransky, award-winning journalist and jam-packed with the area's most prominent names in the local food world, including head judge Ray Lampe, aka Dr. BBQ, and our panel of food critics and bloggers:
- Laura Reilly, Tampa Bay Times
Laura Reiley is the Tampa Bay Times' restaurant critic and a former critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Baltimore Sun. She is the author of four books in the Moon Handbook series: Florida Gulf Coast; Walt Disney World and Orlando; Tampa and St. Petersburg; and the Paradise Coast. She has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. In 2017 she was a Pulitzer and James Beard finalist and won the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism.
- St. Petersburg Foodies
- Jean Totti, What the Fork Are you Eating?
- Syd Willis, Foodies Network 727
- Scott Pooler, Tampa Bay Restaurant Review