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The judges are experts in their field including a professional chef, an acclaimed artist, a professional stylist and a mixologist. Categories include: Food, Drink, Art, Style, Home and Crafts.
Chef at Old Oyster Factory
Llyod Alberson has been in the restaurant business since his teen years, from the Gulf Coast to the Rockies, to the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast Lowcountry. He chose Hilton Head Island because of the community and the thriving culinary scene. “It is every chef’s dream to work with the freshest seafood available,” said Alberson. He tries to take all of the training and knowledge he’s gained over the years and use it, along with the freshest and when possible, local ingredients, to create food that is innovative as well as based on traditional Southern fare. In other words, Alberson really likes to play with his food and find discoveries along the way.
Spirits Specialist at Rollers Wine and Spirits
As a theatre student in Central California, Terry Cermak’s first job in a wine and spirit store gave him an eyewitness view of the California wine boom in the early 1970s and fostered a fascination for spirited beverages. His travels across the country as a theatre manager, scenic and lighting designer led him to Hilton Head, where he continues to design with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and Lean Ensemble Theatre. A closet food and drink blogger, he joined the staff of Rollers Wine and Sprits in 2014 as a Spirits Specialist, where he supervises the Rollers online monthly newsletter and contributes web content. Since 2018, he has partnered with Local Life, writing about cocktail culture and creating a series of original cocktails inspired by the people and places around Hilton Head.
President of The Red Piano Art Gallery
Ben Whiteside is a Member of The National Sculpture Society and a Licensed South Carolina Auctioneer. He had been a gallery owner since 1994. He has owned and operated Morris & Whiteside Galleries, The Gallery at Palmetto Bluff and currently, The Red Piano Art Gallery. As a licensed South Carolina Auctioneer, he has presented fine art auctions in South Carolina, Texas, New Mexico and currently in Scottsdale, Arizona. “The artists we work with are some of the most talented people on the planet. I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to present their art to the world,” Whiteside said.
Fashion Retail Expert at Shop! Boutique
Roxanne Gilleland is a professional fashion stylist and seasoned fashion retail expert, currently at Shop! Boutique on Hilton Head.
Principal Designer at Kelly Caron Designs
Over the last decade, Kelly Caron has become one of the most highly regarded and sought after interior designers in the Lowcountry. Kelly continues to earn accolades in the design industry and demonstrates her ever-evolving talents, whether through immaculate custom homes or industry changing commercial space, Kelly’s reputation and award-winning collaborations with clients, architects, contractors speaks to the level of involvement, loyalty and overall operation of the firm.
A graduate of Technology and Design with a Major in Interior Design from Accredited Appalachian State University and continuing education at Boston Architectural College in Sustainable Design, Kelly is regularly featured in leading design and lifestyle publications including, House Beautiful, Country Living and Garden & Gun, Kelly’s design techniques are continually seen as a signature in southern, livable luxury. Kelly’s true expertise lies in her ability to artfully mix authenticity and natural elements of design.
General Manager at Pyramids
Wendy White has 14 years of experience buying and managing Pyramids’ 2 locations. She is always on the lookout for new unique products. She loves meeting the artists/designers and learning about the creative process. “I love sharing new lines with all of our clients and helping them to find the perfect gift or home accessory,” White says.