2018 Asheville Food Truck Showdown Judges

Félix Meana comes from Roses, a small coastal town in Catalunya, Spain. Roses is the location of what was—until it closed in 2011— Ferran Adria’s world famous restaurant el Bulli, where Felix worked as front of the house service manager for five years.

Félix wanted to learn more about fine dining and excellent service, so he returned to his hometown and el Bulli. That experience helped him create opportunities to work at other world-class restaurants such as La Terraza del Casino in Madrid with Chef Paco Roncero, or in Washington DC with José Andrés and Think Food Group, where he met and fell in love with Katie Button.

Félix and Katie moved to Asheville and opened Cúrate and Nightbell with Katie’s family.  

STU HELM is an artist, writer, and podcaster living in Asheville, NC, and a frequent diner at local restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and the like. His tastes run from hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese, to haute cuisine, and his opinions are based on a lifetime of eating out. He began writing about food strictly to amuse his friends on Facebook.

MARK ROUNDS is a discerning food connoisseur who is no stranger to local food competitions.  Because of his travels throughout the world, he has developed an astute and insightful culinary palate.  He personally loves to bake, and create exceptional desserts that offer a unique perspective on common dishes.  Mark is a good friend of mine, and we have been opponents before in food competitions.