“Master of ‘Cue” Joins Judging Panel for 8th Rotary Food Truck Competition

It takes a champion to know a champion. Competitors at this year’s Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition will have a little extra impressing to do as a Food Network competition champion joins the judges panel.

Erica Blaire Roby, a local barbecue expert who earned the title of “Master of ‘Cue” in 2021 by beating 11 other champion pitmasters during a grueling 10-week competition on Food Network’s BBQ BRAWL, will be among the judges determining the winners of the eighth gourmet food truck competition Aug. 20.

Roby, who is also an attorney, certified wine expert, award-winning cookbook author and social media influencer, is known for her culture-drive approach to barbecue.

Erica recently competed in the 2022 May World BBQ Championship in Memphis, where she tied for 1st place in Brisket and won 4th Place in Ribs. She has been featured on many news outlets including NBC’s Today Show and FOX News for her barbecue.

How Judging Works:

  • The winner of the $5,000 grand prize for Best Food Truck, the $2,500 Runner Up and $1,500 Third Place truck will be decided by a panel of five local professional chefs and at least five roving anonymous volunteer judges.
  • The chef judges will base their scores on a combination of factors including: Flavor/Taste, Presentation/Visual Appeal and Creativity/Originality from a signature dish chosen by the truck, to be delivered at a prescribed time without disclosure of the truck’s identity.
  • The anonymous judges will provide scores Truck/Cart Design, Customer Service/Friendliness/Hospitality and Menu Variety/Value/Originality that will be added to the chef judges’ scores to determine the first through third place winners.
  • A $1,000 “People’s Choice” award winner will also be determined by attendee votes the day of the competition. Attendees will be limited to one vote per mobile device for their favorite food truck.

For more information and updates as this year’s competition approaches, visit SpringfieldFoodTruck.com and follow Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition on Facebook.

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