Steve Grant started anchoring and reporting for KY3-TV in Springfield, Mo. just after his 20th birthday, bringing his radio days in high school to the news desk. Among his professional awards, his most cherished honor is “Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University” in 2010. Off camera, Steve Grant has passed the ketchup to former President Nixon at a Caribbean café’… prayed The Lord’s Prayer with Pope John Paul II during a private audience… was kissed on the cheek by Paul Harvey (as personal thanks from the famous news commentator’s wife Angel)… and received prayer beads from the Dalai Lama after the Tibetan spiritual leader’s Arkansas visit in 2011. Finding, covering and introducing the interesting lives, greatest struggles, and best days of people across southern Missouri and northern Arkansas drives his work and all of the KY3 newsteam. Over the years, Steve's assignments have taken him to every city, town and county in the viewing area. As a traveling correspondent, he has reported from New York City, Washington, D.C., Hollywood and the Vatican.
2014 Festival Celebrity Judges
Certified Executive Pastry Chef
Chef Jan Lewandowski, CEPC, is an instructor of Baking and Pastry Arts at the PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute in Little Rock, AR. She has trained students in cake decor, chocolates and confections, and pastry techniques for the past 6 years. Jan graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 1999, where she met her husband Steve. After graduation, she spent a few years as Assistant Pastry Chef at the Peabody Hotel and as Executive Pastry Chef at the Capital Hotel before she and Steve opened the Blue Cake Company in 2005. Blue Cake is a custom cake shop that specializes in tiered and sculpted celebration cakes and wedding cakes and has been voted Best Wedding Cake and Best Birthday Cake in a variety of publications. Jan participates in various culinary events, organizations and competitions, including the AHA Culinary Classic, ACF’s Chef’s Ball, Oklahoma Sugar Art show and ICES. She also volunteers her time with For Goodness Cakes, Icing Smiles, Diamond Chef Arkansas, and many other fundraising events.
Ken Ketelsen is a well known local restaurant entrepreneur and owner of the popular Farm to Table Fresh in Eureka Springs.Ken also created and operated the former Sonny's Pizzeria and much missed Olive’s piano lounge and restaurant.We still crave the garlic knots. Ken has served the Eureka Springs area with delicious culinary fare for 18 years. He has been an integral part of the revitalization of North Main by creating a stunning remodel of the old Café Santa Fe into not only Farm to Fresh restaurant and Bistro and the Shoppes on N. Main as well. Ken also owns and operates Déjà Vu, a home decor and collectibles shop.
Ken Ketelsen, Farm To Table Fresh
Ann Gray is the publisher and founder of 2NJoy Magazine based in Bentonville, Arkansas. A visit to Eureka Springs in the 90’s, to help launch Café Royale, the restaurant of her sister and brother-in-law, was the deciding factor to leave Florida and the East coast after 24 years and move home to Arkansas. As a “gourmet cook in training” and a “lightly” trained baker, Ann and the 2NJoy staff have been enthusiastic sponsors of the Eureka Springs Chocolate Festival since 2006.
Tim Tibbs, Production and Operations Manager for KTLO 97.9 FM and 1240 AM, Classic Hits 101.7, 99.7 The Boot, and KTLO.com in Mountain Home Arkansas. He hosts The Trading Post Monday thru Friday on Classic Hits 101.7, and KTLO AM 1240, the most listened to show in North Central Arkansas. Tim has had a few original recipes published in cook books, and is also a Three-time winner of the People's Choice Awards.
Tim Tibbs, Operations Manager KTLO