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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

Ermoni Best

Sommelier at The Inn at Mattei\'s Tavern, Auberge Resorts Collection

Marsha Wright

CSW, WSET, CSWS, Corporate Lead Sommelier at Greek Brands, DineAmic Hospitality, Chicago