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    FULL CITY CHALLENGE JUDGES 

Meet the Philadelphia-area food industry leaders who will serve as Judges at the Full City Challenge Main Event at Green Soul on February 19, 2019! Learn more about the Full City Challenge here.
  • Nick Bayer

Nick Bayer

CEO & Founder, Saxbys

Nick Bayer has always been in the business of bringing people together, whether it’s as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s "Most Admired CEOs" or as a consummate team captain since Little League. So when he created Saxbys in 2005, Nick never really considered it to be a coffee company — instead, it’s a social impact company fueled by amazing food, beverage and hospitality. Saxbys has since grown from one corner café to a 30-unit, Philadelphia-based business with a singular mission: Make Life Better.

 
  • Han Chiang

Han Chiang

Proprietor, Han Dynasty

Taiwan-born Han Chiang is the proprietor of Han Dynasty, a Philly-founded Sichuan Chinese restaurant with multiple locations across Pennsylvania and New York. Known for his outspoken views and obsession with customer service, Chiang has been featured on Anthony Bourdain's The Layover as well as VICE Munchies. 

 
  • Bill Golderer

Bill Golderer

President & CEO, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

Bill serves as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), where he oversees the organization’s work to fight poverty by investing in youth success and family economic stability. Bill leads UWGPSNJ’s mission to harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of more than 100,000 donors, advocates and volunteers, to end intergenerational poverty in our region. Bill serves as senior pastor at Arch Street Presbyterian Church. Prior to joining UWGPSNJ, he was the founder of Broad Street Ministry, which enables cross-sector collaboration to lift people out of homelessness, and has become known for the inclusive service it extends to community members in need. As a result of his work at Broad Street Ministry, Bill also had the opportunity to co-found Rooster Soup Company, the nation’s first for-profit, crowd-funded social impact restaurant that creates jobs and returns revenue to Philadelphia’s most impoverished citizens.

 
  • Anuj Gupta

Anuj Gupta

General Manager, Reading Terminal Market

Anuj Gupta is currently the General Manager of the historic Reading Terminal Market.  In this role, he oversees all aspects of the nearly 80 merchant market’s day-to-day operations including leasing, marketing, special events, as well as guiding the non-profit corporation’s strategic direction. Prior to this role, Anuj served as Executive Director of Mt. Airy, USA. Prior to this position, he served in Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s administration in a number of roles including Chief of Staff of the Department of Licenses & Inspections, and Deputy to the Managing Director.  Prior to joining Mayor Nutter’s administration, Anuj was an attorney at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP where he practiced in the firm’s real estate/affordable housing group from 2004-2007. In 2013, Anuj also opened his own restaurant – Jyoti Indian Bistro – a fast-casual south Asian restaurant in Mt. Airy.

  • Ellen Yin

Ellen Yin

Founder & Co-Owner, High Street Hospitality Group

Ellen Yin is the founder and co-owner of High Street Hospitality Group (HSHG), which operates several of the most noteworthy restaurants in Philadelphia. In the two decades since launching the pioneering Old City bistro Fork, Yin has become a civic leader in the neighborhood, and serves on the boards of several arts and education nonprofits.