Celebrity Judges at the Hot Sauce Festival
This year’s distinguished panel of judges includes …
Brandon Watson(Head Judge): Brandon Watson is the food editor of The Austin Chronicle.
Rob LippincottRob Lippincott and his wife, Cathy, own Güero's Taco Bar – now in its 31st year of being run and operated by the Lippincott family.
Jake MadduxJake Maddux, founder of the upcoming East Austin all-wood focused restaurant and brewery, the Brewer's Table.
Kelly StockerLongtime resident of the Rio Grande Valley, Kelly Stocker contributes to Thrillist, TimeOut, CultureMap, and Zagat and worked as Yelp's senior community director for six years.
Shay PrigmoreMAX's Wine Dive Austin's executive chef Shay Prigmore has been instrumental in the crafting of MAX's Wine Dive's seasonal menus.
Amir HajimalekiAmir Hajimaleki has dedicated his life to his craft by taking on several culinary roles and running District Kitchen + Cocktails and Oasthouse with his brother.
Jacob "Jake" TrevinoJake Trevino is a partner and key account executive at Twang. On the side, he has participated in many taste tests of the world's hottest peppers and chiles.
Jessica MaherJessica Maher is the pastry chef and co-owner – along with her husband Todd Duplechan – of South First mainstay Lenoir.
Josh HareJosh Hare is the founder and president of Hops & Grain Brewing and the chairman for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, representing more than 200 breweries across Texas.
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