The top seven contenders from the online voting period will move on to the Smackdown on September 9 to battle it out at the Santa Fe Railyard in front of a panel of local and national celebrity judges.
The esteemed judges are:
Vice President, Digital | Food Network and Cooking Channel
Angela Moore is a digital content and business executive with over fifteen years of leadership experience at the world’s top media and internet companies. She joined Scripps Networks Interactive in 2008 as the vice president and site director of FoodNetwork.com, the #1 food and cooking site on the web. She is now in charge of all aspects of the digital brand’s ongoing success, from cross-platform strategies to new content initiatives spanning desktop, mobile, apps and social media. In 2014, she also took over digital responsibilities for the Cooking Channel brand. Moore is a member of the James Beard Foundation’s Food & Beverage Professionals, Slow Food USA and the American Farmland Trust. She has also served as a trustee of the Food Chapter of the Awesome Foundation. She graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English Literature and a double minor in French Literature and Fine Arts. Her passions include cooking, chefs, restaurants, wine and culinary travel.
Editor. Writer. Photographer.
Arthur Bovino is managing editor for Mouth.com, an online indie food site that sells unique, high-quality snacks, sweets, spirits, and other small-batch foods and drinks. He is a seasoned food and travel journalist with culinary training, restaurant savvy, and seven years of experience in online food writing. Bovino helped launch The Daily Meal as founding Eat/Dine editor and as its executive editor from 2012 through 2015, managed a staff of 16 editors and lead daily and annual strategy for content, SEO, social engagement, and tent poles across 10 verticals (Cook, Best Recipes, Drink, Eat/Dine, Healthy Eating, Entertain, Holidays, Travel, Video and Lists), guiding it to more than 14 million unique visitors a month. In addition to writing recipes, food essays, restaurant news and reviews, and interviewing chefs and food personalities while at The Daily Meal, he also conceived and penned many of its prestige pieces and highest-trafficked articles, managing voting on annual coverage of the 101 best restaurants and 101 best pizzas in America.
Cheryl Alters Jamison
Four-time James Beard award-winning author Cheryl Alters Jamison has written some 20 books, many focused on the cooking of New Mexico or the American Southwest, as well as being one of the country’s foremost authorities on grilling and barbecue. She created the New Mexico Tourism Department’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail and is the Culinary Editor of New Mexico Magazine.
Tracey Ryder co-founded Edible Communities, Inc., the nation’s largest publishing company dedicated to the local foods movement, in 2002. Today the company publishes 85 titles across North America. The content for each publication is region-specific and focuses on the farmers, fishermen, chefs and food artisans from each area. Ms. Ryder has worked as a journalist, marketer and graphic designer for the culinary, tourism and agriculture industries for the past 30 years. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events in the culinary and publishing fields and has edited and co-written 5 Edible Communities cookbooks.
Co-owner, LPD Press/Rio Grande Books; Co-founder, New Mexico Book Co-op; Co-founder, NM & AZ Book Awards
Barbe Awalt is the author of over twenty, award-winning books on New Mexico. They range from Hispanic Art and santeros, to the new Bucket List book series. In the Basic New Mexico Bucket List book, chile is the #1 item. In the new Ultimate Green Chile Cheeseburger Bucket List book, green chile cheeseburgers from all over New Mexico, are explored and featured. Awalt celebrates everything that is unique and special about New Mexico. Who else can have an official question of red or green?