This year's distinguished panel of judges includes ...
Brandon Watson (Head Judge): Food editor, Austin Chronicle
Héctor González: Mexican food preservator, Mexicanity
Mariam Parker: Executive director, Austin Food & Wine Alliance
CJ Morgan: Radio personality, KLBJ
Nadia Chaudhury: Editor, Eater Austin
Austin Ewald: Sous chef, Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile, Grizzelda's
Anastacia Uriegas: Food writer, Time Out, Thrillist
Hugh Daschbach: Culinary concierge, Hotel Emma
Tameca Jones: Soul and R&B singer
Luke Bibby: Chef/owner, Luke's Inside Out
Jessica Elizarraras: Food editor, San Antonio Current
Jason White: Fermentation specialist/research and development, Still Austin Whiskey Co.
The 26th annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival takes place Sunday, Aug. 21, 11am-5pm, at Fiesta Gardens (2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.).