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2015 Festival Celebrity Judges
Kat Robinson is a food and travel writer in Little Rock, AR who has taken to spreading the word about Arkansas foodways. The storyteller and former television producer found a calling to share the tales of Arkansas’s restaurateurs, chefs and home cooks during recent years criss-crossing the state as afreelance journalist. She has published three books, Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State, Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley, and Classic Eateries of the Arkansas Delta, and is researching a fourth, Classic Eateries of Southern and Western Arkansas, to be published in fall 2015. Kat has written about food and restaurants for a number of publications including the Arkansas Times, Arkansas Life, Arkansas Living, Serious Eats and Do South, among others. Her syndicated blog, TieDyeTravels.com, covers her journey through Arkansas and the MidSouth. She also serves as the Arkansas Research Fellow for the Southern Food and Beverage Institute. She lives with her daughter Hunter in Little Rock.
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 cafe... 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.
Ann Gray is the publisher and founder of 2NJoy Magazine based in Bentonville, AR. A visit to Eureka Springs in the 90's, to help launch Cafe 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.