Florida Wing and Dessert Battle 2020 Contenders

THE 2nd ANNUAL BATTLES BEGIN
SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH AT 6 PM!

WE ARE SCOUTING THE "BEST WINGS in FLORIDA" and
"BEST DESSERTS in FLORIDA"

Check back as we announce the
Best Chefs in Florida to Battle!

FLORIDA WING BATTLE CONTENDERS:

Eathai Delray Beach Eathai menu

2019 CHAMPION 1st Place Judge's Pick for "Best Florida Wings"!
At Eathai, we strive to be the premier Thai restaurant in the Delray Beach, Florida area! We have infused the classical Thai cuisine with a modern ambiance to appeal to everyone from the Thai traditionalist to the first time Thai diner. As soon as you try some of our delicious traditional dishes like Pad Thai, Papaya Salad, or our Grilled Lamb Satay, you’ll be hooked. For the vegetarian in your group, be sure to try our excellent tofu dishes full of flavor.

Eathai Modern Thai Restaurant | 1832 S Federal Highway Delray Beach, FL 33483 | 561.270.3156 | Web

MEAT Boca Raton MEAT Eatery and Taproom

2019 2nd Place Judge's Pick for "Best Florida Wings"! And Boca Burger Battle's 2015 / 2016 CHAMPION 1st Place Judge's pick for "Best Grill Master" and 2017 3rd Place Judges' pick for "Best Grill Master"!
Chef George Patti is Chef/co-owner of M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom. He was the Chef and Co-owner of the top rated Upper Florida Keys restaurant, Tasters Grille, from 2009 to 2015. These restaurants have been featured in USA Today Travel 10 Best.com, Travel + Leisure, Tasting Table, Social Florida Guide and Florida Travel and Life. In the past five years he has won local awards for Best Chef (three times in the Keys and once in South Florida’s Burgie Awards), his Yellowtail Entrée and Lobster Mac-n-Cheese, Best Overall Restaurant (Tasters Grille), Soups (twice),Desserts (twice), Burgers (twice) and four years in a row for his Smoked Fish Dip. Chef Patti has been featured in Bon Appétit Magazine for his grilled filet mignon with chocolate port wine sauce and tempura battered bokchoy. In 2003 during his time as Executive Chef and partner at Sweet Sop Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, he received glowing reviews in both the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald newspapers. He has also been featured on the national television show, Finer Living, which showcased him preparing his signature dish, pan-seared scallops with sweet potato rum sauce and roasted scotch bonnet. Chef George was recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives that aired on Friday, April 22nd, 2016. Be sure to catch the re-run of the episode. George Patti’s prior culinary experiences include positions as Chef de Cuisine at Louis’ in Charleston, SC under James Beard Award winning Chef Louis Osteen; Sous Chef at Sfuzzi Italian Restaurant, Executive Chef for Odyssey Cruises and at Ten Penh all in Washington, DC. He is a Johnson & Whales culinary graduate.

M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom | 980 N Federal Hwy Suite 115 Boca Raton | 855.545.1290 | Web

Bru's Room Bru's Room Sports Grill

2019 CHAMPION for People's Choice for "Best Battle Wings" and 3rd Place Judge's Pick for "Best Florida Wings"!
Brandon Brudzinski is the Director of Beverage and his favorite menu item is our Char-Grilled Smoked Wings and his favorite Bru’s beverage is our Bru’s Punch. Brandon began his Bru’s Room career in 1995, working as a busser, bar back and cook for his father’s restaurant throughout high school. From 2000-2002 Brandon played for the University of Massachusetts football team. In 2006 he graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida. From 2005-2011 Brandon served in various management roles for Urban Life Management Group, quickly securing a General Manager position at Cityfish Restaurant in 2008. In 2011 he returned to his Bru’s Room family as an acting Bar Manager at several of the brand’s locations. Using his knowledge and experience to strengthen the brand’s beverage operations, Brandon was named our Director of Beverage in 2014. In addition to helping to oversee the day to day operations of the brand, Brandon works diligently to continuously grow and evolve our beverage menu, complementing our great food with great drinks.

Bru's Room Sports Grill | 9 locations in south Florida | Web

Bird Road - 305.220.3995 | Boynton Beach - 561.739.9332 | Coconut Creek - 954.571.6999 | Coral Springs - 954.656.8041 | Deerfield Beach - 954.420.5959 | Delray Beach - 561.276.3663 | Pembroke Pines - 954.239.4550 | Royal Palm Beach - 561.790.2771 | Sunrise Wings N' Things - 954.746.9696


Tucker Duke's Boca Raton Tucker Duke's Deerfield Beach

2014, 2015, 2016 1st Place People's Choice pick for "Best Battle Burger" and 2018 CHAMPION for Boca Burger Battle Judges' 2nd Place pick for "Best Grill Master"
Chef Brian Cartenuto is owner and creator of Tucker Duke's Lunchbox, with three locations and a food truck division now open. His philosophy on food is one of refined simplicity. Shop LOCAL first. Use local, seasonal ingredients to create a twist on old classics. He believes food has the power to create and invoke memories and that is precisely what he has set out to do. Brian's culinary resume is rather impressive, ranging from schooling at Johnson & Wales University to a number of Executive Chef positions at restaurants such as Anthony Bourdain's Brasserie and Dean & Deluca in Washington D.C. He is also the only two-time winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, with wins in Season 1 and again in a battle of the Champions in March of last year. Brian continues to use his culinary prowess as he impresses and inspires critics across Florida with his take on burgers and southern comfort food at Tucker Duke's Lunchbox. Now, get ready for his magical wings!

Tucker Duke's Lunchbox | 1101 S. Powerline Road #102 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 | 954.708.2035 | 1658 N. Federal Hwy Boca Raton, FL 33432 | Web

Chefs Choice Food Truck Florida Fresh Meat

Chef’s Choice food truck specializes in farm to table cuisine, partnering with the Florida Fresh Meat Company, proudly serving locally sourced grass-fed pasture-raised proteins, all hormone, pesticide and antibiotic free. Our team takes pride in relationships we have developed with local farmers in Florida. Our commitment to sustainability is unmatched.

Chef Eric Schaub is a south Florida native, whose passion for food and cooking propelled him to start Chefs Choice food truck. Cooking since a young boy, too short to reach standing on a crate to stir a stock pot at his family’s catering business. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University, Eric was contracted as a Chef Consultant for a real estate development company tasked in helping concept and development of several restaurants. Chef Eric’s drive led him to developing south Florida’s first farm to table truck specializing in locally sourced sustainable ingredients. Attention to detail and passion is what makes this chef stand out.

Chefs Choice Food Truck | south Florida | 954.559.3654 | Web

Florida Fresh Meat Company | Florida | 352.307.8400 | Web

Papa Bees Longwood Papa Bees

Welcome to Papa Bees!!! Papa Bees is a family owned restaurant and has been part of the historic Longwood, Florida community for nearly 30 years! While we offer a large variety of menu items, we are certainly known for our fresh hand cranked curly fries, and for having the BEST WINGS IN TOWN! Featured in the Orlando Sentinel as well as on the radio, and with an owner born and raised in Buffalo, NY there is no denying that Papa Bees is your best local choice for authentic Buffalo Wings!

Papa Bees | 480 S Ronald Reagan Blvd Longwood, FL | 407.260.1122 | Web

Driftwood Boynton Driftwood Restaurant

2020 NEW CONTENDER
Jimmy Everett, a native of south Florida, began his culinary career young and humble. At 15, Everett became a busboy at the Atlantis Country Club in Lake Worth and eventually pestered his way into a job on the line. Inspired by teachers and a fellow busboy who went on to attend culinary school, Everett matured, and set out for New York, enrolling at the Culinary Institute of America.
During his studies, he interned at American Seasons on Nantucket, where he was first introduced to the world of fine dining. Upon graduation, Everett joined the team at Eleven Madison Park with Chef Daniel Humm, after a year and a half cooking in that rarefied gauntlet, he entered Wylie Dufresne's world of whimsy and experimentation at wd-50. In 2009, he was on the opening team of Michael White's Marea, where he worked closely with friend and mentor Jared Gadbaw and eventually rose to executive sous chef. Staying with the Altamarea global empire, Everett opened Al Molo Ristorante Italiano in Hong Kong as executive chef in 2011.
Following that experience Everett, traveled throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean, and opened a restaurant in California before returning to south Florida as chef de cuisine of Valentino Cucina Italiana, Everett is pushing boundaries in Fort Lauderdale. In March 2018 Everett alongside his business partner and wife, Ilia Gonzalez, opened the doors to his own restaurant, Driftwood in Boynton Beach, FL.

Driftwood | 2005 S Federal Highway Boynton Beach, FL 33435 | 561.733.4782 | Web

BurgerIM Deerfield BurgerIM Deerfield Beach FL

2020 NEW CONTENDER
Frank Scarpulla is the co-owner of Burgerim Deerfield Beach, a fast casual burger restaurant offering over 40 million ways to build a burger. Prior to opening Burgerim Deerfield Beach, Frank worked in gourmet food sales with a specialty in natural, organic and ethnic foods for small independent grocery stores throughout South Florida. In 2010, he worked as a poissonier at Emeril’s Miami Beach, an Emeril Lagasse restaurant.
Originally from New York and of Italian descent, Frank has a Culinary Arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu.

BurgerIM | 3636 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 | 754.227.7845 | Web

Savoury Eats Savoury Eats Food Truck

2020 NEW CONTENDER
Executive Chef Royal Gunter; Having begun cooking in pro-kitchens at the age of 14, Royal brings his expertise as a culinary professional to Savoury Eats. With southern roots from Atlanta Georgia, Royal Gunter is a classically trained chef that has worked alongside Master Chefs, James Beard Winners and Michelin Star Chefs to provide the ultimate fine dining experience. Cooking Style - Globally influenced with a touch of southern charm.
Savoury Eats is finding sustainable ways to integrate upcycling, or creative reuse, to its daily operations with our brand new mobile kitchen, built from a recycled shipping container. Our ultimate goal is to deliver phenomenal services and delectable food items, while contributing to the environmental value of living green. Savoury Eats Container Kitchen in Boynton Beach at Due South Brewing offers a weekly rotating menu. Savoury Eats mobile ordering is simply the easiest way to avoid standing in long lines so take advantage at S3eats.com

Savoury Eats | 2900 High Ridge Rd #3 Boynton Beach, FL 33426 | 561.990.2328 | Web

FLORIDA DESSERT BATTLE CONTENDERS:

J & D Cakes Cakewars Paddington

2019 CHAMPION for People's Choice for "Best Desserts in Florida"!
J&D Cakes is a specialty bakeshop founded in December 2015 as a partnership between Joel P Basco and Daniela Borquez Holch. Three months into their partnership, they were called by the Food Network to compete on Cake Wars. They were the winners of Season 3 Paddington Bear Challenge Episode that aired on Aug 22, 2016. They were called back to compete in Season 5 Cake Wars Champs in 2017 (Shrek Challenge Episode). They were also featured on the Cooking Channel’s Cake Hunters Season 2, Twice as Nice Episode.

Together they create memorable masterpieces that not only look good but also taste good. This pair pays close attention to details including handmade sculptures, rich fillings and cakes made with fresh ingredients. Their cake creations not only look beautiful and intricate but taste amazing too. They offer classic flavors such as Chocolate Fudge, Vanilla, Red Velvet, Lemon and Coconut. They also channel their Chilean and Filipino backgrounds in cakes such as Dulce de Leche, Banana Pineapple and Ube Macapuno (purple yam with coconut filling). They also offer other baked goods such as tarts, pies, French macarons, brownies and cookies.

In addition to cakes and desserts, J&D Cakes offers cake decorating classes, workshops and parties for both adults and kids, ranging from basic to advanced levels.

J&D Cakes | 281 N Federal Highway #4 Boca Raton, FL 33432 | 561.569.1860 | Web

The Tree Cafe The Tree Cafe Boca Raton

Thailand born, So Sopachana moved to New York with a strong culture and a passion for his homeland’s food. Even though he started out as a busboy, So grew to own two restaurants in New York City. In 2016, he opened a restaurant in Delray called Eathai. The Tree Cafe in Boca Raton quickly followed. Both restaurants are inspired by the foods and desserts he ate as a kid in Thailand. So is a unique chef that will gift your palette with flavor combinations you’ve never before imagined.

The Tree Cafe & ICENY | 80 N Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33432 | 561.609.2962 | Web

Sweet Delight Cheesecakes Nadia Decius Desserts

Nadia Decius was born and raised in Miami, FL and quickly ventured off to Tallahassee, FL in her adult years. This stage in her life would determine her worth and strength as an individual. Through her studies in English and working for the state she maintained a sufficient lifestyle for herself and son. Always being open to different cultural backgrounds is what contributed to her creativity. Nothing seemed impossible nor farfetched. It would be her very first time trying a strawberry cheesecake from a roommate that proved that. Little did she know this would take on a world of its own. She quickly tweaked the recipe to her own liking and had it at every gathering and social you could think of. After a recommendation from a friend that the world needed to taste the cheesecakes, she took on the challenge traveling to every major and little city in Florida selling her delightful treats.

Sweet Delight Cheesecakes | Miami, FL | 305.924.6981 | Web

Sherrell's Sugar Shack Sherelia Nelson

People's Choice Award 2019 Dessert Wars
Baking has been a passion of mine since I was fourteen years old. It begin as a hobby and has now evolved into a business. The concept of Sherrell’s Sugar Shack came about when my oldest daughter joined the dance line in High School. Extra funds were needed for uniforms. So a friend suggested I should sell my mom’s famous Sour Cream Pound Cake. And So I did! The pound cakes later became cupcakes along with other decadent treats and Sherrell’s Sugar Shack was born.

We pride ourselves on creating scrumptious gourmet cupcakes by using the finest ingredients that tickle your palate. But don’t take our word for it, try them for yourselves and we promise you won’t be disappointed. Each custom design is created with you in mind. Tailored to fit your special need. Give us a call, there’s no event too big or small. Let us add a little sweetness to your life, one cupcake at a time!

Sherrell's Sugar Shack | Miami, FL | 786.366.5929 | Web

Sweet Boxes Food and Desserts Sweet Boxes

Growing up in a household of 6 kids, cooking and family gatherings were the norm. During the holidays, our table had no less than 10 cakes, no less than 10 pies, and included other homemade desserts like peach cobbler and banana pudding, just to name a few. From layered Coconut cakes to Sweet Potato pies, you name it, we had it! Our house was the “it” house where everyone would meet, eat, laugh and have a great time.

Veanie Moreland, who is the mastermind behind Sweet Boxes Etc, is a southern cooker that had a vision one day, which was to share her joy of cooking and baking with others. With this vision, we want to be able to bring the same amount of joy, laughter, happiness, and quality family time to any social gathering, and into the homes of many.

Welcome to Sweet Boxes Food and Desserts!

Sweet Boxes Food and Desserts | Palm Beach, FL | 561.510.0925 | Web

Just Baked Boca Just Baked Boca Raton FL

2020 NEW CONTENDER
Established in 2017, a small, specialized bakery; Just Baked Boca has quickly developed into the popular late-night spot for everyone in East Boca that has a sweet tooth. We offer a customer-friendly experience with a family-like feel along with delicious, baked fresh, desserts and shakes to satisfy your cravings! Come by and enjoy our cookies, brownies, ice cream sandwiches, and especially our killer shakes! Open during the evenings 7 nights a week, we offer the true dessert experience staying open until 1:30 AM every day and 1 PM on Sundays.

Just Baked Boca located inside Sanborn Cafe | 48 NE 1st Ave Boca Raton, FL 33432 | 561.409.8247 | Web

Sweetlipz Desserts Sweetlipz Desserts Pompano Beach FL

2020 NEW CONTENDER
Our mission is to deliver an experience that allows individuals to indulge in their favorite comfort food desserts that keep them coming back for more. Having both a storefront and mobile dessert services allows us to provide high-quality homemade desserts that don't just satisfy your sweet tooth but also your sweet lips! Sweetlipz Desserts is located in Pompano Beach, FL with more than 10 years of serving delicious baked goods and more than three years of experience in the mobile dessert industry. We are dedicated to providing our customers with fresh, gourmet, feel-good desserts and baked items every day. We offer Pound Cakes, Red Velvet Cakes, Triple Layer Black, Carrot Cakes, Jumbo Brownies, Colossal Cinnamon Rolls, Our FAMOUS Banana Pudding, Cheesecakes with an assortment of flavors; Strawberry, Banana Pudding, Red Velvet, French Vanilla Crunch, Mango, Key Lime, Muffins, Donuts, Buttermilk Berrylicious Blueberry Cornbread, Danishes, Sweetlipz Frozen Drippers (with fresh fruit) AND SO MUCH MORE at Sweetlipz Desserts!

Sweetlipz Desserts | 1563 N Dixie Highway Pompano Beach, FL 33060 | 305.209.5479 | Web

Misfit Cupcakes Samantha B Louverture

2020 NEW CONTENDER
Samantha B. Louverture, owner of Misfitcupcakes. The business was established in October 2014 after graduaing from Johnson and Wales. I worked a Turnberry Isle Miami (now JW Marriott), for 14 years in the Pastry shop before resigning to do my business 100% in the fall of 2017. Since then, I've been in different competitions, magazines and shows. And, the best is yet to come!

Misfitcupcakes | Miami Gardens, FL | 786.219.7139 | Web

QT Bites and Delights QT Bites Jupiter

2020 NEW CONTENDER
From the moment I was born until the day my father passed away, I can only remember him calling me QT Pie! As I grew into the name, I became curious about it. As many times as I would ask him where the name comes from, he never hesitated to tell me. "When you were born, I asked the nurse how you looked and she said to me, she's beautiful! So, When I saw you for the first time I said, she's my QT Pie!"
As I continue my journey in life, I started to venture into the idea of creating my own baking business. So, I baked and bought frosting, lollipop sticks, ribbon and sprinkles, along with everything else I would need. Endless possibilities flowed over me as I made cake pops in the shape of eggs, cupcakes, colorful ice cream cones with festive sparkles and sprinkles! I wanted something catchy, unique, and playful that would put a smile on the face of everyone who tasted them. And then it came to me...AHAA! Let's call them QT Bites! Who would have known that my dad would leave me a legacy with only a nickname! With the support of my wonderful husband and beautiful daughter we were able to come together and spread the joy one bite at a time!
Now, we have over five years of progressive education through our customer's brilliant ideas for orders and QT Bites has taken on a life of her own! We love to create, serve, and give joy to everyone who has a party or gathering and needs that WOW factor.
Our latest idea is "The Chapel", our mobile bakery shall be born! By us building this awesome tiny house on wheels, its purpose is to travel all around the United States to serve at weddings, events, and make ourselves available to those in need! Its design is to look like a small, vintage, white church; we are literally wanting to be able to serve everywhere we go! We are so excited to start developing the people on our team. As well, those who take a bite of the joy we have in this company!

Q.T. Bites and Delights | Jupiter, FL | 561.701.6095 | Web

2019 FLORIDA WING BATTLE WINNERS:

Judge's Pick for "Best Wings in Florida" went to:
1st Place - EaThai & I CE NY in Delray Beach
2nd Place - MEAT Eatery and Taproom in Boca Raton
3rd Place - Bru's Room Sports Grill in south Florida

People's Choice Award for "Best Wings in Florida" went to:
1st Place - Bru's Room Sports Grill

2019 FLORIDA DESSERT BATTLE WINNERS:

Judge's Pick for "Best Desserts in Florida" went to:
1st Place - J&D Cakes in Boca Raton
2nd Place - Sweet Heaven in Boca Raton
3rd Place - Sherrell's Sugar Shack in Miami

People's Choice Award for "Best Desserts in Florida" went to:
1st Place - Sherrell's Sugar Shack

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