The Judges

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

Chef Fike 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. Chef Fike is heavily involved in Alaksa’s culinary industry and often volunteers his expertise to other non-profit events and fundraising efforts.

Culinary Judge: Chef Kellie Puff, CWPC, University of Alaska Anchorage, Culinary Arts Instructor

Chef Puff is a dedicated assistant professor and chef instructor at the UAA’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration Division. She previously served as a culinary instructor at King Career Academy in Anchorage, with years of coaching Alaskan students in the national culinary competitions with SkillsUSA, taking home Alaska’s first prize in 30 years of a bronze, silver and gold medal in 2016. 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.

Community Member Judge: Amanda Dial, President, Anchorage Petroleum Womens Association

Amanda Dial currently serves as president of the Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association, a group of volunteers from the oil and gas industry dedicated to making Anchorage a better community. Ms. Dial is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering and currently serves as a drilling engineer for Glacier Oil & Gas Corporation. Ms. Dial also volunteers with the South Anchorage Hockey Association and is a proud Alaskan from a family that homesteaded in Anchorage in the 1940s.

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