2018 Participating Chefs, Pitmasters & Judging Panel
Representing the finest from:
South Beach - Virginia - Brooklyn - New Jersey - Philly 

All food for Bubby's Cook-Off is kosher and prepared by chefs and their crews at the Cook-Off venue under strict rabbinical supervision.  Restaurants are indicated below exclusively to identify the participating chefs. 

Judging Panel  
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Chefs and Pitmaster  
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CHAD ROSENTHAL 
Philadelphia, PA

This Philly native eats, breathes, sleeps and creates all things food and especially barbecue. A self taught chef who has been in the kitchen since age five, Chad found his calling in the world of barbecue, having won a series of competitions and events over the last 15 years. He is also a successful restaurateur, having opened a handful of BBQ, Comfort Food and Vietnamese restaurants in the Philadelphia area, including fan favorites The Lucky Well and Bánh Street.

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izzy.jpgPit master and Brisket King Izzy 
Izzy's Brooklyn Smokehouse
Brooklyn, NY

Winning an award at the Kansas City Barbecue Festival wasn't enough. In April, he was crowned as the highly coveted NYC
Brisket King 2017 . The new king, Izzy Eidelman of I zzy's Brooklyn Smokehouse is in fact a deserving champion who has been making outstanding BBQ for several years. 

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MATT MARTIN 
More than Q
Easton PA, LAmbertville NJ, Coming soon to Princeton NJ


Matt Martin, Owner of More Than Q, started the company in 2014.  Initially working from a humble spot in a local farmers market, More Than Q has since moved on to locations in Lambertville, NJ, Easton, PA and has a Princeton, NJ opening slated for 2019.   Prior to More Than Q, Matt earned a culinary degree from Kendall College, studied under a Food & Wine Top Chef in Michigan and managed large scale prepared foods departments for a major retailer in multiple states.

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Hassid+Hipster  
South Beach, Florida

Hassid+Hipster is a unique and innovative culinary concept combining modern techniques with dynamic flavors and infusing it into the Kosher Culinary world.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, the heart of all things Hassid+Hipster, and expanding to Miami, Los Angeles and Jerusalem, H+H is pushing the bounds of taste and breaking the mold of the normal Kosher dining experience with pop-ups and other culinary events across the globe.

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Judging Panel

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Emmy Award winnnig Producer of BBQ Pitmasters  
America's Most Influential BBQ Pitmasters and Personalities

Few people have had the impact on BBQ over the past few years that John Markus has had. We live in a world where television is as big of an influencer as anything else and Markus has done BBQ television better than anyone else from his original show All Star BBQ Showdown to his current hit  BBQ Pitmasters .

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Food & media personality, chef, restaurant consultant, and lover of all things food and wine  
www.cravephilly.com

In 2002, Chef Cohen's entrepreneurial spirit led her to found her own culinary consulting company, Strawberryblonde Consulting. As founder and President, she advises an ever-more-prestigious list of clients on restaurant concepts, cuisine, menus and proper culinary execution. She also instructs culinary seminars and has been a guest lecturer on food & culture at the ivy league powerhouse University of Pennsylvania. The world's largest television retailer, QVC, has taken notice, tapping Strawberryblonde and Chef Cohen to represent culinary products on air on a regular basis. She has been invited on several occasions to join James Beard Award winning chefs, as guest chefs in the kitchen at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, part of The James Beard Foundation.

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James Beard Award Winner and World acclaimed Culinary Personality  

Marc Vetri is the chef/founder of Philadelphia's critically acclaimed Vetri Cucina. In addition to his storied career in the kitchen, Marc is also the driving force behind the Vetri Community Partnership, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower children and families through fresh food, hands-on experiences and education. 

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TUFFY STONE 
Cool Smoke BBQ
Lynchburg, VA

Stone began his culinary career whilst working under Alain Vincey in 1987 at Vincey's restaurant La Maisonette in Richmond, Virginia. He left the restaurant in 1991, and in November 1993 he started his own catering company alongside his wife, called "A Sharper Palate". He founded his barbecue team "Cool Smoke" in 2004, and cooks alongside his father George. He describes himself as a traditional wood burner, and tends to use hickory wood in his smoking. Stone and his team compete on the competitive barbecue circuit. He owns a Virginian based local chain barbecue restaurant called "Q Barbeque".  

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