Chef’s Choice Judges

Rather than give out traditional prizes, we have invited a group of our favorite food personalities to screen the final program and each award a “Chef’s Choice” badge to their favorite film. Films receiving a Chef’s Choice award will be noted in the program and on our website. The Chefs we’ve invited are not all professionals, but they are all passionate about food, agriculture, and cooking. Meet our judges:

Bruce Cole publishes, edits, and washes the dishes for Edible San Francisco. He began publishing Edible San Francisco in 2006, and in two short years, the magazine has become the food culture authority of the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area gastronomic scene. Bruce has long had a passion for delicious and sustainable food and got his start in publishing when he launched one of the first food blogs, in 2001. Bruce proudly plays the role of resident blogger for Edible Communities’ blog,

Karen Solomon has been a well-published food writer for over a decade. In addition to the Asian Pickles series, she’s also author of Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It and Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It (Ten Speed Press/Random House). Additionally, she’s the author of The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to San Francisco (Globe Pequot Press) and contributing author to Chow! San Francisco Bay Area: 300 Affordable Places for Great Meals & Good Deals (Sasquatch Press)She has served as a judge for both the Eat Real Festival Contest and the Good Food Awards.

Sam Mogannam is the much-loved owner of San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Market, Bi-Rite Creamery, and founder of 18 Reasons, a community space that invites people to explore art, food, and community. According to a recent article in 7×7 about SF tastemakers, he’s also been called the Mayor of 18th Street on a number of occasions.