We are grateful and honored to have world-renowned judges at our very own Taste of Greater Gainesville, Iron Chef Competition.

Don’t miss your chance to meet the guest celebrity judges at the 11th Annual Taste of Greater Gainesville Iron Chef Competition on Sunday, June 14th, 2020 from 5 - 9 p.m. at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. 

Chef Angie Shaghaghi

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Growing up in the Florida Golf Coast town of Tarpon Springs, Angie Shaghaghi and her five siblings were practically raised in the kitchen.  Vegetables were home grown, fish was always freshly caught and trips to the supermarket were a family affair.  Chef Angie’s father instilled in his children a love of home cooked meals at a very young age.  The family garden was their hub, ripe with various greens, mangoes, oranges and grapefruit trees.  Everything was cultivated, picked and cooked by family hands.  She remembers how neighbors would meet after church to feast on an array of dishes.  Ones that had slowed cooked since the early hours of the day.

Working with fresh ingredients around the family kitchen inspired her love of creating traditional family meals.  Now, Chef Angie is committed to bringing the spirit of home cooking to homes across America.  She loves to combine the bold flavors of spices such as cumin, paprika, sumac, saffron and turmeric to give an international flair inspired by her travels around the world.  Chef Angie became familiar with these exotic spices while living in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.  These experiences helped to season her career and understand more about the diversity of the world. 
TV Credits:
In 2008, she was selected to appear in Rachael Ray’s daytime reality show titled:  “Hey Can You Cook?!”  For 5 weeks, she competed along with four other amateur cooks, whom were selected from thousands of entries received.  Along the journey, as part of her food challenges, she cooked for Michael Buble, restaurateurs/Chefs Ming Tsai and Gordon Ramsey. 
This experience sealed the deal that her future was in the kitchen.

In 2009, she appeared on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ with host Ted Allen.  Judges Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and culinary master chefs Aaron Sanchez and Scott Cohen, all agreed that Chef Angie “cooked with heart”.

She believes cooking with your families and using fresh ingredients can make a difference in our lives.  She appeared on Good Day New York preparing family meals and desserts with host, Rosanna Scotto.

Chef Angie would appear again on the small screen in 2011, voted “fan favorite” for the “All-Star” reunion of Rachael Ray’s, “Hey, Can You Cook?!”  The competition would lead her and fellow contestants to Oaxaca Mexico, with Marcela Valladolid from ‘The Kitchen’ as their culinary guide.

In 2013, she was cast to appear as a culinary expert and judge for Food Network/Lipton Tea ‘Chopped’ commercial series with Ted Allen.
Last Spring Chef Angie got back in the reality kitchen on Food Network’s newest hit series, ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ starring Alton Brown.

Network television is not the only place you can see Chef Angie.  She also hosts events, conducts cooking demonstrations,  private parties, and is a celebrity spokesperson of numerous brands such as Kontos Foods, a leader in Mediterranean specialty products and Oberg & Lindquist, leaders in premium kitchen appliances, custom designs.
She was the cover story of the prestigious (201) magazine and featured in Today’s Black Woman magazine, as a “Woman on the Move’.

  Chef Angie lives in New Jersey where she owns and operates a mobile cooking school called, Creative Cooks.  Her clients consist of students as young as three years old.  What started out as a loving passion eight years ago with the first six students, has grown into a lucrative year round business with over three hundred students in class each week.  Chef Angie attributes never giving up and following your passion to her success.  As well as the love and support of her three kids.

Chef Richard Brown

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Richard grew up around home cooked meals and knew from a young age that cooking was a passion that he would pursue for his career. After working in local Award winning country clubs in North Georgia, Richard began cooking in restaurants in the growing Atlanta food scene. After working and learning what it took to become a Chef, Richard attended and graduated from Johnson & Wales University studying and working in both Charlotte, NC and Miami, Florida. Richard began learning from great local Chefs from Boca Raton to Miami before moving to Tampa. Richard spent a few years as the Executive Sous Chef of Streamsong Resort and was Chef de Cuisine of The Sotto Terra Restaurant, where Richard began developing a style of cooking that mixed regional Italian and Modern American and became well rounded in running from scratch high end restaurants. Richard then made the move to Bull & Bear where he continues to develop his style of cooking and approach to food blending Classic French and Classic American Steakhouse fare with his love for amazing products and the utmost respect for the ingredients and our guests.

Chef Gabriel Massip