Executive Chef Matthew Smith, The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge

Chef Smith is a St. Petersburg native and has been working in kitchens here from casual to fine dining over the last 15 years. He spent his early twenties learning as much as he could about proper technique, the difference in the quality of the ingredients you use, and the restaurant industry.  Through internships in Manhattan’s world renowned culinary scene, world travel, and as the long time Sous Chef to Tyson Grant of Parkshore Grill, he matured into a great Chef.  After changing and modernizing the culinary direction of The Oyster Bar in Downtown St. Pete and consulting on a growing BBQ chain concept, Chef Matthew has brought his acquired culinary knowledge and skill to The Hangar where he has revamped the atmosphere, menu and quality of the experience.

Photo Credit: Barry Lively

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Kevin Godbee, Co-founder, stpetersburgfoodies.com

Kevin co-founded St. Petersburg Foodies in 2016 with his life-partner, Lori Brown, after she pestered him for three months to make a website, not knowing that she would be creating a monster. He figuratively, and literally, sleeps, EATS, and breathes St. Pete Foodies, turning into the most influential food & restaurant related blog, podcast, and Facebook Group in St. Pete.

He has 18-years of experience in the digital world. He is an expert at developing and running niche content websites. He is also an expert in Web Development, SEO, Blogging, Content Production and conducting interviews in text, audio, and video-based formats.

Bobbie Huston - Foodservice Culinarian
Bobbie is a Foodservice Culinarian with over 25 years experience working with industry leading branded and specialty foodservice corporations including Campbell's, Sara Lee, Kraft/Nabisco and Birds Eye Foods.   She specializes in culinary-driven and customized solutions from idea - development for major foodservice national accounts. 

As the National Account Manager at Campbell's Soup Company, Bobbie provides restaurants with focused menu innovation, trend intelligence, analysis, culinary improvement and development within the Campbell's network of companies.   She is a former board member of the Foodservice Exchange Professionals Society and past Board member of the Research Chefs Foundation.  She is a current active ambassador of the Research Chef’s Association (www.culinology.org) promoting the blending of food science and culinary arts.

2019 Chowder Challenge Judges

Chowder Challenge 6 & More!

in St. Pete Beach, Florida

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