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The 2012 Judges

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, April 29, 2012

Top Local Chef 2012 takes place 6 pm Sunday, May 20, at Pipo Restaurant's newest location on Bay Pines Blvd. and 95th St. in St. Petersburg.  The event is produced by LocalShops1 & Intensity Academy and sponsored by Illuminated Publishing.

To register, please check out the Events calendar. For vendor info, please  e-mail for more information.

And now, the judges!

Noah Pransky is part of 10 News' award-winning investigative team. Noah joined 10 News in 2009, but his journalism career goes back to age 10, when he reported his first story on radio. In his spare time he likes to run marathons and enter amateur eating contests. Among his favorites: jalapenos and lobster rolls.

Janet K. Keeler is the lifestyle editor at the Tampa Bay Times, where she has worked since 1992. She was named food editor in 2000. The veteran journalist also hosts a video feature called Janet's Kitchen at and is the author of Cookielicious, a tasty collection of some of her favorite cookie recipes.

David Warner, editor-in-chief of Creative Loafing Tampa, joined the paper in 2004. The alternative weekly is the third-largest print publication in the Tampa Bay region. David, a graduate of Harvard University, also studied theater at Villanova University, where he received his master's degree.

Isabel Laessig,  founder of Family Foodie, is grounded in her mission to bring back Sunday Supper Around the Family Table in every home.


Plus last year's winners!

Vicki Apple, an Internet marketing trainer and cooking blogger, is last year's winner in the amateur division of the Top (local) Chef contest. The winning recipe? Saucy Shrimp Ceviche

Chef Debbie Frangipane, trained at the Culinary Institute Of America, was the winner in the Professional Chef category in 20111. Debbi hones her skills at Armani's Restaurant in Tampa.

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