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2019 Competitors

Barry Keefe

Dinner & Co. Gourmet Catering

Chef Barry Keefe has been cooking and working in the food service industry for almost 30 years. Read more here. 

Bill Bourbeau


After starting his culinary career at 15 in a pizza shop, who would have thought that 20 years later that Chef Bill Borbeau's career would bloom at one of Worcester’s premier pizza spots! Read more here.

Joao Neto

Allora Ristorante

Born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, João Neto developed his passion for cooking and hospitality by watching his parents and grandparents prepare traditional cultural meals for the entire family. Read more here.

Kenneth O'Keefe

Publick House

Chef Kenneth O'Keefe was the 2018 Worcester's Best Chef overall Iron Chef winner. He started in the restaurant business when he was 12 as a dishwasher in New Hampshire. Read more here.

Elliot Williams

110 Grill

Chef Elliot Williams joined 110 Grill in November of 2016 as the Director of Culinary. Read more here.

Ian Hunter

Amaia Martini Bar

Having grown up in an Italian household, parlaying a career out of food seemed a smart, viable and seemingly easy option for Chef Ian Hunter. Read more here.

Shane Anderson

Eller's Restaurant

Chef Shane Anderson has a beautiful wife Suzanne Anderson and a beautiful daughter, Lillian Anderson. Read more here.

Kim Haslam

Depot St. Tavern

Chef Kimberly Haslam has had a passion for cooking since 1996. Her love took her to Blackstone Valley Tech in Upton, and then on to Johnson & Wales in Providence. Read more here.

Buddy Bartlett

Maddi's Cookery & Taphouse

Chef Buddy Bartlett started washing dishes in his home town at the age of 14 in a local breakfast restaurant. From there, he worked his way up on the line in various other restaurants throughout high school. Read more here. 

Brian Treitman

B.T.'s Smokehouse

Chef Brian Treitman, owner of B.T.’s Smokehouse, has been cooking in professional kitchens for 23 years. Read more here.

Bill Nemeroff

Lettuce Be Local

As a chef, William Nemeroff sees it as his job to not only provide honest crowd favorites and reinvented comfort food, but also to inspire and educate the guests that come to BT’s Smokehouse. Read more here.

Jason Veilleux

Pepper's Artful Events

Chef Jason Veilleux started his career working for Aramark at Fenway Park as well as a line cook at Grill 23, then as a Sous Chef at Legal Sea foods. Read more here.

Josh Brown

Prezo Grille & Bar

Chef Joshua Brown is a native of Natick, MA and brings over 20 years cooking experience to the Prezo Grill & Bar. Read more here.

Rick Araujo

Civic Kitchen & Drink 

Since opening Civic Kitchen & Drink a little over 18 months ago, Chef Rick Araujo is just scratching the surface of what customers can expect from local food. Read more here.

Josh Swerling


Chef Joshua Swerling is a New England native, and has been in the industry for just shy of ten years, spending most of his career in corporate restaurants, coming to Volturno to have some fun with cooking. Read more here.

Michael Arrastia


Born in Southbridge Massachusetts, Michael Arrastia rose to culinary fame when opening the award winning bacon gastropub, “The Hangover Pub” in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2016. Read more here.

Michael Winslett

Samuel Slater's

Born in Houston, Texas, for Michael, it all started at the age of 13 years old when his father bought a bakery/kosher deli. The gratification from seeing people buy what he baked is what inspired Michael to become a chef. Read more here.

Drew Day

Flying Rhino Cafe & Watering Hole

 Check out WXLO's interview with Chef Drew Day here:
 Jared Forman

Deadhorse Hill

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY as a diehard Mets fan, Chef Jared Forman's earliest memories of food was the diversity the city had to offer. Read more here.