Florida Wing and Dessert Battle 2019 Contenders

THE BATTLE BEGINS ON SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH AT 6 PM!

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

Check back daily as we reveal our search results for the
Best Chefs in FL

FLORIDA WING BATTLE CONTENDERS:

MEAT Boca Raton MEAT Eatery and Taproom

2015 / 2016 CHAMPION for Judges' 1st Place 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

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

Burger Craze Burger Craze wings

The name says it all! Top quality ingredients come together to create unique taste sensations. Enjoy juicy burgers topped with fresh ingredients to satisfy any craving! All Burgers are made with certified Angus Beef but can also be substituted with a tasty Chicken Breast, Veggie Chipotle Black Bean, Salmon or Turkey Burger! Burger Craze also has a selection of flavorful wings with these homemade sauces; Dirty Wings, BBQ Wings, Sriracha Wings, Teriyaki Wings, Garlic Parmesan Wings. Enjoy fresh gourmet salads and savory hotdogs that will tantalize your taste buds! You’ll crave the craze! Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday 4 PM to 7 PM.

Burger Craze | 2096 NE 2nd St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 | 954.596.5949 | Web

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 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

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

Eathai Delray Beach Eathai menu

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

Teddy's Wing Shack Teddy's Wing Shack West Palm Beach

Wing are the Thing! 1632 S. Military Trail in West Palm Beach has been the 'go to' place for wings back since Military Trail was a two lane dirt road. Generations of Wing Lovers have stopped by for the best wings in south Florida.

Over the years the restaurant has changed names, but one thing has always stayed the same...The Wings are Great!

Teddy's Wing Shack continued the legacy 11 years ago. Teddy's great wings along with its World Famous Green Sauce keeps ravenous connoisseurs of wings happy and well fed in a family friendly atmosphere.

Teddy's Key West style and laid back attitude makes customers into loyal fans year after year.

Teddy's Wing Shack | 1632 S Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33415 | 561.642.7067 | Web

Bru's Room Bru's Room Sports Grill

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


FLORIDA DESSERT BATTLE CONTENDERS:

J & D Cakes Cakewars Paddington

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

Sweet Heaven Sweet Heaven Desserts

Our sweet adventure began some years ago. The love of baking started at a very young age for both of us, Maya from Bulgaria and Paulina from Peru. We share experiences in the kitchen that captivated our palates and devotion for baking and pastries.

So, one day during the holiday's when we decided to give our friends and family boxes of cookies we decided to merge these two experiences, our Latin and European heritage and we became Sweet Heaven. We didn’t imagine that they would start calling us to ask where we bought them. They enjoyed them so much that they wanted to give them as gifts to their friends and family. We were happily surprised by their reaction of our cookies which were made with love, passion and joy. Not only did they ask for more cookies, but now they wanted cakes for birthdays, weddings, baptisms, anniversaries and other special occasions. This is now our complete SWEET HEAVEN and our dream now became a reality. The love, time and dedication we put in each cake, cookie, cupcake and cake pop have one purpose, to reflect our desire and dream which is to completely satisfy our customers. We want to share this with you, the ones that helped us to make our dream come true, a dream called SWEET HEAVEN. Our purpose is always to make a special day, unforgettable! "Our goal is to make you happy." Paulina Morales and Maya Cherneva

Sweet Heaven | Palm Beach, FL | Paulina: 954.871.9676 | Maya: 561.414.3675 | Web

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