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Carleigh Connelly

Hospitality Consultant, Chicago

A proud Chicagoan who prefers a chardog with neon relish over a steamed hot dog any day, Carleigh is happy to be back in Chicago after four years at CBS in New York City as the Director of Chowhound, and 6 years in San Francisco as the executive producer for Chef Michael Mina's cooking show, food editor for a B2B culinary magazine, and buyer for Williams-Sonoma. Most recently, she was the head of procurement for chef-driven marketplace and currently leads partnerships for Kate Sullivan's PBS show, To Dine For.

Meet the other judges

John Maraffa

Corporate Beverage Manager, Morton's The Steakhouse | Strip House Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge | Morton's Grille

Paul Solomon

Director of Operations at Vistro Prime Restaurant & Vie Restaurant, Chicago