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2020 Competitors

Michael Arrastia

The Hangover Pub

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. 

Rick Araujo

Restaurant TBA

Chef Rick Araujo has been cooking in the Central Massachusetts area for nearly 20 years. Currently he working hard to develop a brand new restaurant concept, and bring it to the hungry people of Worcester. 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.

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.

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.

Drew Day

Flying Rhino Cafe & Watering Hole

Born in Fort Lewis, Washington, Chef Drew Day is the executive chef for the Flying Rhino and has been there for 5 years. Read more here.

Mike Wenc

deadhorse hill


For Mike Wenc, cooking was never part of the plan. Despite growing up in bucolic Western Massachusetts and frequent trips to the Vineyard where he’d hand-pick fresh bluefish and striped bass from the local markets to grill with his father, Mike never considered a career in restaurants, nor did he attend culinary school. Read more here.

Buddy Bartlett

Bushel n' Peck

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.