The Judges

Head Culinary Judge: Chef Jeremy Fike, CEC, American Culinary Association Alaska Chapter

Jeremy has over 20 years of experience in the food industry and currently is the Executive Chef at Glacier Brewhouse. He moved to Anchorage in 2006 and shortly thereafter opened his own restaurant. His local resume includes work as Executive Chef for LSG Sky Chefs and as Executive Chef for the Marriott Hotel. Chef Jeremy brings with him a strong passion for culinary creativity and a desire to teach those he works with to share a similar culinary passion and care. 

Culinary Judge: Chef Kellie Puff, CWPC, King Career Center, Culinary Arts Instructor

Chef Puff is a dedicated chef instructor for King Career Academy in Anchorage, who recently coached Alaskan students in the 2016 national culinary competition SkillsUSA, taking home Alaska’s first prize in 30 years of a bronze, silver and gold medal. She will compete with a student in the Skills International Competition in Abu Dhabi in October 2017. Her active role in the community with her work involving young adults and culinary education has earned her admiration from Alaska’s culinary community. In 2015, Chef Puff received a Cutting Edge Award from the American Culinary Federation. She is a certified working pastry chef (CWPC) and frequently engages in various community projects, including her current role as a judge for Sweet Rivalry. Chef Puff provides valuable input for our competition rules and graciously starred in Sweet Rivalry promotional materials.

Culinary Judge: Kim Sunée, Author and Food Columnist

Kim Sunée is the author of the national bestseller, “Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home” and cookbooks “A Mouthful of Stars” and “Everyday Korean,” which will be published November 2017. Kim has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Ladies’ Homes Journal, People, ELLE and Glamour. She ate and lived in Europe for 10 years before working as a food editor for Southern Living magazine and Cottage Living magazine. Her writing has appeared in Food & WineThe Oxford AmericanCooking Light, and Asian American Poetry and Writing. Sunée has appeared several times as a guest judge on the Food Network’s show “Iron Chef America” and is currently a food columnist for Alaska Dispatch News.

Community Judge: Laura Sampson, Little Big House Alaska, Lifestyles Blogger and Writer

Laura Sampson is on a mission. As a lifelong Alaskan, she wants the entire world to know that there’s more to her state than snow, ice hockey and polar bears. Laura shares about real life in Alaska, family friendly recipes, easy DIY projects and other family topics on her blog Little House Big Alaska.

Community Judge: LuAnn Piccard, supporter of The Arc of Anchorage

LuAnn Piccard is an associate professor in the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Engineering. She served on the Habitat for Humanity Anchorage board of directors for ten years and is a current board member for the Alaska Association of Figure Skaters. She is married to Joe Mixsell, also a professor at UAA, and mom to Sarah Mixsell, a West High School sophomore, figure skater, swimmer and founder of the Alaska Kids for Kids non-profit.

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