2018 Judges

Tucker Demasi

Amy Gifford

Collin Hale

Sarah Kleinman

Sarah Kleinman is the Director of 4-H/Youth Programs at the University of Vermont Extension. She has spent the past 15 years building and collaborating on programs that support life and job skill development for Vermont youth ages 5-18. Prior to this, she was a volunteer and event coordinator at an animal shelter in Santa Fe, NM. Sarah currently lives in Burlington and is a mom to a teen and and a tween. She is an elementary school PTO Chair and Treasurer and also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue. Sarah loves to try new restaurants and foods and gets outside whenever possible, to snowboard and run.

Michael Nedell

Michael Nedell is the COO and Co-founder of Loclavore.co, a directory of farm-to-table restaurants and the farms that source to them. He is a life long eater and a connoisseur of varietal cheeseburgers. 

Robin Turnau

Simone Washington



The following honors will be given in the Morning and Afternoon Award Ceremonies for each age category:

CROWD-PLEASER this award goes to the team that best incorporates color, texture, and taste for a true crowd-pleaser.

LIVELY LOCAL this award goes to the team that best highlights Vermont foods.

MISE EN PLACE ("everything in its place") this award goes to the team that shows exemplary teamwork, order, and professionalism.


EXECUTION clean and presentable uniforms including hard-soled shoes, hats, aprons, and safe food handling practices

TEAMWORK evenly distributed workload, team cohesiveness & communication

TASTE subjective category based on judge’s expertise

CREATIVITY ingenuity of the ingredients used, creative use of ingredients 

LOCAL recipe highlights local, seasonal products (only for the Lively Local Award)

COMPLIANCE meets all Jr Iron Chef VT Guidelines and Rules