Food Judges

Official Judges

The Taste welcomes top chef and local bloggers to judge the competition.

Josee Lanzi

Chef and Blogger - Off the Hook and on the Plate Judge 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
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KC Quaretti

Chef and food blogger - KC in the Kitchen Judge 2018 and 2019

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KC Quaretti, is a seasoned chef who has cooked on the Gordon Ramsey's "Master Chef Season Two" where Ramsey declared KC's chicken "cooked to perfection." She was selected from 40,000 entrants for the Kraft Foods and the Real Women of Philadelphia series as the original host.Her recipes have been featured in Rachel Ray Magazine, Taste of Home and Paula Deen Magazine. Her cooking show, "Chat 'n Dish" airs on the Food Channel and was sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture. 

Lori Artz

Home chef and competitor - Judge 2018 and 2019

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Lori Artz is a passionate home chef and competitor. She credits her Italian heritage for her passion for food and entertaining.  She competed in the 2017 World Food Championship as a sous chef.  She is known as an obsessive menu reader, and is EAT-certified.

Connie Wright

Restaurant owner and EAT-certified - Judge 2018 and 2019

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Connie Wright has had a long career in the dining industry. She got her start as a TWA flight attendant who traveled the world and exceptional cuisine from Europe. She was a partner of two restaurants, one at the well-known Chautauqua Institute, which serves as the caterer to the Chautauqua Opera Company. Today she is very active in the Homosassa community and giving back by volunteering at Herry's Café.