Judges

Heidi Billotto

We welcome Heidi Billotto as a judge for the best tomato and tomato themed cocktail! Charlotte-based culinary expert Heidi Billotto has spent the past several decades sharing stories about food and restaurants for regional magazines, newspapers, blogs & Websites and has seen & been a part of a lot of change & a great deal of culinary growth across the Carolinas.

Heidi blogs at HeidiBillottoFood.com, writes & is the free-lance food editor for the quarterly publication, Charlotte Living Magazine & makes regular appearances on Charlotte's WCNC-TV, WBTV with monthly cooking, local farm & Food and restaurant round up segments.


Stefan Huebner

B.A. of fine arts / Culinary Arts CPCC
27 years Hospitality
22 Years behind the bar
Dot Dot Dot ,Heist Brewery, Weegees Lounge, Cosmos Café, Breakfast Club, Mythos

Re:Public
As owner of Creative Beverage Consultants I did menu layout and design, loss and theft control and overall concept designs for over 25 projects since 2009.

Accolades

2010 GQ Maagazines Most Inspired Bartender Finalist

2012 Titos Vodka Best bloody Mary winner

2011 Sundance Channel Iconoclast Finalist

2012 QC Exclusive Bartender of the Year

2013 Best of Charlotte Bartender of the Year

2012 -2015 Taste of the Nation Featured Mixologist

2014,2015,2016 Elavate magazines Bartender of the Year

Have appeared on National Public Radio (NPR) six times

Over 50 appearances on NBC’s Charlotte Today, Creating cocktails for live

television

Featured in numerous national publications from, GQ, Allure, Vanity Fair, and many

regional publications.

Attended CAMP RUNAMUCK 2014, 2015, 2016

CANE CAMP 2016

Charity Work

Taste of a Nation, St. Baldricks, Rain, Metrolina Food Bank

Overall when not being facedown in the hospitality industry, I enjoy cooking with my daughter, spending time bat the pool swimming and reading, Playing any musical instrument I can get my hands on truly makes me happy.

Craig LeHoullier

Craig LeHoullier - author of the award-winning book Epic Tomatoes (Storey Publishing, 2015) and known locally as "NC Tomatoman", lives and gardens in Raleigh. His passion for tomatoes was fueled by joining the Seed Savers Exchange in 1986; since then his collection of varieties numbers over 5,000, and he is responsible for naming, developing and popularizing hundreds of tomato types, most notably Cherokee Purple. For years he has shared his tomato stories and knowledge with audiences throughout the US, including Longwood Gardens, the US Botanical Gardens in DC, and Monticello. He co-leads the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, responsible for the development of 70 (and counting) compact growing tomato varieties perfect for space-challenged gardeners.