Florida Wing and Dessert Battle 2019 Judges

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MEET OUR WING MASTER JUDGES

Gator 98.7 Clint Beall

Clint Beall started his radio career in Washington, DC before moving down to south Florida three years ago. He now rocks the Palm Beaches during the weekends on Gater 98.7. He is also responsible for all iHeartRadio West Palm Beach websites and social network pages. When he’s not on the air, he enjoys watching hockey games, laying on the couch, and eating WINGS!

GATOR 98.7 FM | The Palm Beaches | Web

Wild 95.5 Clint Beall

Carmine Gialanella is originally from NY and moved down to Florida ten years ago. Over the past two years, he's been one of the top rated night shows in West Palm Beach on WiLD 95.5 (And yes, he wrote this himself and he's very humble). He loves having a good time, but most importantly he loves WINGS!

WILD 95.5 FM | The Palm Beaches | Web

Weekend Broward Rob Weekend Concierge

Rob "Weekend" Concierge is best known as the founder of WeekendBroward.com where he updates followers with the latest whereabouts of local bands, outdoor festivals, food truck events and weekend happenings. He also enjoys visiting local casual dining restaurants and does not hesitate to share mouth watering images of the lunches and dinners he devours daily.

Weekend Broward | Broward County | Web

Savor Our City Denise Righetti

Denise is probably most recognized for her popular Foodie Events which started in 2009 while working for the largest property owner in downtown Boca Raton. It was during her tenure there that Denise garnered recognition as a local food authority and resource for folks seeking recommendations on where to dine. Alternating between titles of C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer) and C.E.O. (Chief Eating Officer), Denise is as creative with titles as she is in coming up with unique culinary tours and experiences for her clients. She is sought after as a judge at various local food competitions and attends many restaurant openings and food & wine festivals and charity galas which she attends and writes about in her food & lifestyle blog, Savor Our City. Denise is active in the communities in which she serves and aligns herself and her company with several charitable organizations by donating both her time and resources to help support them by promoting upcoming charity galas in her monthly e-newsletter. A mom to two fur babies, Palmer and Holly, Denise lives with her husband in Boca Raton, FL.

Savor Our City | 954.410.3177 | Web

Palm Beach County Florida Robert Weinroth

CHIEF WING MASTER JUDGE - TEAM CAPTAIN In November 2018, Commissioner Robert Weinroth was elected to the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners representing District 4. He is a 26-year resident of the City of Boca Raton with an extensive background in business, public service, and community involvement.

In 2014, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council where he served as deputy mayor and CRA vice-chair during his four-year tenure. During this time, he was appointed to a number of Palm Beach County boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, Palm Tran Service Board, Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, and Treasure Coast Planning Council. He was also an elected board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities.

In addition to his wide-range involvement with local nonprofits, Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer with the Guardian ad Litem Program in the 15th Judicial Circuit advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the court. His advocacy on behalf of children also continued in his elected role for the School Advisory Councils for Waters Edge Elementary School, Olympic Heights High School and the Donna Klein Jewish Academy Board in the City of Boca Raton.

Over the years, Weinroth was elected president of two homeowners associations (Boca Falls and Briarcliff at Woodfield Country Club), and he served as a board member of the Bay Winds HOA. He was also appointed to serve on numerous committees by Woodfield Country Club HOA including the Safety and Security, Finance and By-Laws committees.

He has also served on the boards of two synagogues; most recently B’nai Torah Congregation as financial secretary, treasurer, vice president and chair of the Budget & Finance Committee.

Weinroth has a broad background as an executive and general counsel in numerous fields including insurance, finance and health care. At American International Group, he was president of a claims subsidiary. He was also a senior financial analyst for Southern Business Management Associates Inc. where he was responsible for analyzing operations of small to medium-sized companies. Additionally, he was president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc. working with his wife and partner Pamela for 16 years; eventually selling the business.

Weinroth attended Northeastern University in Boston where he earned a Bachelor of Science Business Administration Degree. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Currently, Weinroth serves on the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, Value Adjustment Board, Multi-Jurisdictional Issues Coordination Forum, Education Commission and Palm Beach Broadband (Chairman). He also services as an alternate member of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.

Weinroth is married to Pamela and is the father of four boys in their blended family.

Robert also serves as a Grill Master Judge for the annual Boca Burger Battle event that takes place every July in downtown Boca Raton's Sanborn Square Park. So, he's an expert on what it takes to judge these foodie competition events.

Commissioner Robert Weinroth | 561.355.2204 | Web

Chef Irie Food On Fiyah Chef Irie Spice

Meet Chef Irie. Hugh Sinclair, the Global Culinary Architect, is the executive chef of Chef Irie Spice Inc. - Personal Chef Catering Services providing services to the tri-county area of South East Florida. Chef Irie hails from the Caribbean Island of Jamaica, where he grew up on a sugar plantation. Before relocating to the Sunshine state, Hugh migrated with his family to New York, then relocated to Florida where he completed his college career at the University of Florida earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. Chef Irie has always had a passion for cooking and felt right at home in the kitchen. After working several years as an architect, the yearning to create culinary masterpieces vs. architectural aesthetics overtook his desires. It was then that Hugh enrolled in Johnson & Wales University’s Culinary Arts program embarking on his culinary journey. Graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts, Hugh has taken on the South Florida culinary landscape by storm. Being a personal chef has allowed him to work with entertainers, athletes and many South Florida elite. Venturing into the tv arena, Chef Irie made his tv debut, by appearing on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and serves as chef host of PBS / Create TV Taste the Islands. He is also host of Grace Jamaica Jerk Festival’s culinary pavilion. This festival is held annually in Florida, New York and Washington, DC. Chef Irie provides services throughout South Florida and travels upon request.

Chef Irie Spice - Food On Fiyah | Web

MEET OUR DESSERT MASTER JUDGES

The Sweet Spot Margate Lykeisha The Baker

CHIEF DESSERT MASTER JUDGE - TEAM CAPTAIN
Lykeisha Jenrette, widely known as Lykeisha The Baker, is a celebrity cake artist that began her baking career in 2011. She is the owner of The Sweet Spot Desserts & Cake Supplies in Margate, Florida. She bakes everything from delicious cupcakes daily to elaborate cakes that are almost too big to fit out of the front door. She offers “Cake Wars” themed parties, as well as cupcake and cake decorating birthday parties for children as well as adults. The Sweet Spot also offers baking classes, cake decorating classes, baking summer camp for children, and they sell cake supplies.

With her unique desserts and flavor profiles, her business grew at a rapid pace. She quickly realized she had a keen sense for thinking out side of the box and creating very unique flavors. Her goal is to create gorgeous desserts that not only look good but taste incredible. However, her prime focus is to build relationships with her clients and create an experience, not just a cake.

Shortly after launching her business, she was featured in a front page feature in the Miami Times in 2012. Her desserts are just what you have always dreamed of and more -- full of old-fashioned, melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

Her baking strength comes from her growing up in South Florida, with its multicultural community. As Lykeisha the Baker, she became a bit of a social media maven with unusual dessert-flavor profiles.

----“I grew up in Miami, and it’s so diverse,” she says. “You can go down the street, and you’re in what’s called Little Havana. And then, you can go around the corner, and you’re in what’s called Little Haiti. So it’s so many different cultures, so many different cuisines that I’ve also been exposed to. And it’s allowed me to kind of travel without traveling. I’ve been … able to grow my flavor profiles by just being in South Florida because of the diversity of cultures.”

In 2015, she won first place in the Soul-ful Cook off Dessert Category which took place in the African American Library.

She has a keen sense for thinking out side of the box and creating very unique flavors. The goal everyday is to create gorgeous desserts that not only look good but taste incredible. However, my prime focus is to build relationships with my clients and create an experience, not just a cake.

Some of Lykeisha the Baker’s most popular treats included cakes that tasted like strawberry-shortcake ice cream bars, her southern based cake flavors like banana pudding and peach cobbler to name a few, and her after-5 cupcakes, which were infused with Strawberry Margarita, Kahlua, Moscato, Tequila, Rum, and other alcoholic drinks.

She was named Best Baker in South Florida 2017 by The Sun Sentinel “Best Of” List.

She went on to audition for a Food Network Competition at the Miami Gardens Food and Wine Festival titled “Sweet Freaks”, where she was named the winner. It aired on its sister channel, The Travel Channel on April 2018.

She was then featured in a full front page article in The Sun Sentinel 2018.

No recipes using cake mixes, no processed, cardboard tasting cakes. These are the real thing -- the same cakes her great Grandma made! She focuses on producing desserts that taste as great as they look. You will simply have to try one of her desserts to see for yourself.

Lykeisha The Baker | The Sweet Spot Desserts & Cake Supplies | 1021 N State Road 7 Margate, FL 33063 | 954.532.4313 | Web

The Sweethearts Frannie Sheridan Dani Michaeli

DESSERT MASTER JUDGES
Married couple Frannie and Dani are called THE SWEETHEARTS. In their weekly vlog (published over the net and also monthly in Around Wellington Magazine) Frannie Sheridan and her husband Dani Michaeli traverse North America in search of the ultimate dessert. But the popularity of their vlog is not due to their dessert assessments alone, but because of the contagious fun they have sharing goodies.

Raised by a Viennese father and German mother, Frannie was weaned on scrumptious international desserts. The first word most infants learn to say is “Momma!” Frannie’s was “Sacher Torte!” Frannie is a recognized published Playwright (recipient of 2 mayoral awards from solo shows at The Kravis Center and The Colony Theater, Miami), Raconteur and Humorist with a life-long passion for food. Her memoir ‘CONFESSIONS OF A JEWISH SHIKSA’ will be released for worldwide distribution by publisher Mosaic (Canada) later this year.

Dani is the ying to Frannie’s yang. He brings his gorgeous Middle Eastern accent, and his exotic palette. His knowledge of food is textured from decades of creating delicious fare, first as the co-owner of Este Cafe in Queens, NY and most recently Dani’s Organic Fun Food (which generates mouth-watering Mediterranean gourmet cuisine). His recipes are influenced by his Egyptian-French mother, as well as his wife’s sophisticated palette (she wrote this by the way) and the European bakeries which he regularly frequented as a child in Israel. The couple have an affiliated Canadian-American TV show in development, best described as “if a dessert show and a sitcom had a baby”.

The Sweethearts | 561.531.7178 | Web

Lovelee Bakeshop Lee Mazor

DESSERT MASTER JUDGE
Lee Mazor. After leading a successful business career in Miami, Lee decided to leave it all behind and follow her true passion, baking and pastry. She attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and graduated with high honors in 2012.

Lee returned to South Florida and worked at an array of impressive establishments, including The Four Seasons Resort, Hakkasan and Gotham Steak in the Fontainebleau. She was encouraged to further explore her culinary talents in independent restaurants, which led to her working as a pastry chef under a two-star Michelin chef in Miami Beach at 1826 Restaurant. From there, she joined the ranks of the talented staff at 32 East in Delray Beach and then eventually moved on to working at a local bakery in Fort Lauderdale.

Lee has always imagined opening her own bakery in Fort Lauderdale, a location which she loves and has always felt was lacking what she knew she had. Lee’s goal of owning her own business became a reality when she decided to open Lovelee Bakeshop in 2017. With the highly anticipated store front opening Spring 2019, Lee is finally able to see her dreams come to life.

Loveless Bakeshop | 603 NE 13th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 | Hello@LoveleeBakeshop.com | Web