2021 FINALISTS

Chef And Dish Brian

BRIAN MULLINS

Miami, FL

Brian Mullins was raised in a Long Island gastronomic powerhouse where inspiration wafted from the kitchen when his mother and grandmother were near the stove. He credits the time cooking with them, along with his strong culinary genes, as catalysts for his career.

Before bringing the wildly popular Ms. Cheezious® food truck to Miami in 2010, Brian acquired over 25 years of culinary industry experience, working with some of the most prestigious brands and opening over 30 restaurants throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Since Ms. Cheezious® launch, Brian has made the brand one of Miami’s most loved restaurant and food truck destinations, earning overwhelmingly rave reviews and being featured on several national television shows.

With his creative cooking spirit and flair for business, Brian has expanded the Ms. Cheezious® brand to include three food trucks, a brick-and-mortar location in Miami’s historic MIMO district, and a location at American Airlines Arena.

INNOVATE TO-GO

WINNER

RECIPE: FRICO PESTO MELT

Brian's creation marries grilled cheese with fresh California mozzarella, cheesy pesto, and a California Dry Jack cheese frico coating. It’s a partnership of cheesy, gooey, and crunchy.

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Chef And Dish Marti

MARTI LIEBERMAN

Philadelphia, PA

Marti’s culinary ventures began with Mac Mart, which debuted on the streets of Drexel University’s campus in the winter of 2013. Without much experience running her own business, let alone a food truck, Marti knew there were some kinks to work out, but she was determined to succeed. While her cheese sauce was always a hit, she felt like there was something still missing. Shortly after opening, Marti on two people to complete her team: Her sister, Pamela, and her husband, Garrett Jablonski. By combining Marti’s background in public relations, Pamela’s love of all things culinary, and utilizing Garrett’s brawn for day-to-day operations, the bright pink truck became an instant hit at private affairs, night markets, and food festivals all over the greater Philadelphia area. With a large social media presence and constantly selling out of the famous Mac and Cheese, Marti figured it was time to open its first flagship store, which debuted in Philly’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in the spring of 2016. Since then, they continued to pivot during the COVID-19 Pandemic, turning every opportunity into a survival business plan.

INNOVATE TO-GO

RUNNER UP

RECIPE: MAC 'N SNAX

Marti presents a Rangoon-inspired entry, which brings portability to her five-cheese, ranch mac and cheese made ready for easy snacking or entertaining.

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