Five local culinary celebrities will select the $10,000 winner of this year’s Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition. A total of $15,000 will be awarded to competitors based on a variety of criteria.
The panel of celebrity judges, drawn from local restaurants and businesses, will include:
- Doug McGregor, chef and owner of Seasons Bistro in Springfield
- Elizabeth Wiley, chef and owner of Meadowlark Restaurant in Dayton
- Micah Berner, owner of Cecil & Lime Restaurant in Springfield
- Dave Hay, chef and senior instructor at the Career Technology Center Culinary Program in Springfield
- Chad Rieve, executive chef at the Springfield Country Club
“The competition is an opportunity for the community to come together and support Springfield and growing businesses, local and otherwise,” said Edward Bell, Rotary member and Food Truck Competition marketing committee chair. “It’s only appropriate that our judges are local professionals. The talent and expertise in Springfield alone is incredible.”
The Best Food Truck Cuisine grand prize is $10,000, and the runner-up will receive $2,000. The judges will award prizes based on flavor, presentation and creativity. Twelve anonymous judges will also choose winners for the Best Truck Design, Best Customer Service and Best Menu. Those winners will each receive $1,000.
All proceeds from the event, sponsored by Speedway, will benefit the Springfield Rotary Club’s charitable causes, including Services to People with Disabilities, Polio Plus and the International Project in Lesotho, Africa.
The Springfield Rotary Club was founded in 1914 and is comprised of community business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and resources to help others in the Clark County area and throughout the world. This will be the club’s second annual Gourmet Food Truck Competition, with proceeds benefiting its various charitable causes.