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Judging Panel

Peter Genovese

No one knows New Jersey better than Peter Genovese. The feature writer at The Newark Star-Ledger is the author of ten books, including “Jersey Diners,” “The Jersey Shore Uncovered: A Revealing Season on the Beach,” “The Food Lovers’ Guide to New Jersey,” and “New Jersey Curiosities.”

Michael Arp

By day he is just an average guy with an ordinary job, but by night, he and his wife, Kat, are wanderlust gastronomes in search of taste bud tantalizing cuisine and thirst quenching libations. Michael’s food inspired prose has been printed in a myriad of publications and is featured on numerous websites, including his own blog, TheBlueCollarFoodie.com.

Chef Christopher Masey

Chef specializing in New American fusion with an emphasis on food and beer pairings, cooking with brewers ingredients, and uniting people through flavor.

Tim Schafer

Tim “The Brew Chef” Schafer is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Schafer is an accomplished restaurateur, caterer, culinary instructor and beer and food columnist. The Brew Chef has been writing and sharing his passion for cooking with beer for over two decades. His work has been featured in numerous cookbooks and publications.

Chef Schafer has made many television appearances, including the Food Network and has been invited to cook aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2. The Brew Chef can be found conducting beer dinners, demonstrations and beer and food events. He is a New Jersey native and graduate of Morristown High School.

Al Gattullo

Al Gattullo has been employed on various talk, sports and music shows on radio for more than 25 years. Al’s has been drinking beer since it was legal for him to do so. In fact, he loves Craft Beer so much he hosts a radio program on it. Listen to Al talking all about Craft Beer and the business of beer, Saturday night’s at 8pm on the Al Gattullo Craft Beer Cast on AM 970 The Answer out of NYC. www.am970theanswer.com

Cyd Katz

Born and raised in New Jersey, Cyd Katz started the website New Jersey Isn’t Boring in 2014 as a local blogger. The website has grown into an online hub for all things NJ including a popular Instagram account and online community. @newjerseyisntboring #njisntboring

Mike Kivowitz

Founder of NEW JERSEY CRAFT BEER. My personal mission is to provide craft beer fans in New Jersey with a resource for finding current beer-happenings. I built New Jersey Craft Beer to provide information beer people, like me, need to explore the local beer scene.

Jenna Intersimone
Jenna Intersimone

Jenna Intersimone is an award-winning food writer and local features editor at the Courier News, Home News Tribune and MyCentralJersey.com, where she writes about everything from the region’s most high-end eateries to the coolest craft beer bars to the food trucks you just have to try. Plus, she blogs about food, travel and fun on her internationally recognized website, LifeAboardTheTravelingCircus.com.