2018 GYAO Judges

To be announced

Here are the judges from 2016.

A HUGE thank you to these local Celebs who donate their entire day at Cypress Ace for The Children's Miracle Network. You all hold a special place in our hearts.

  • Michelle Merhar

    FOX 26 Traffic Authority

    Native Houstonian, FOX 26 Traffic Authority for the Greater Houston Area

    Joined FOX in July of 2010. Enjoys working in her community for charitable events

    Veteran celebrity goat milker at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

    STANDING VETERAN Grill Your Ace Off Judge!

  • Lincoln Goodwin

    Harris County Judge

    Fired up and ready to drop the gavel and pick up a fork to judge Grill Your Ace Off 2016

    A Texas native since 1982, Judge Goodwin is a husband and father of two enjoys time with his family, serving at his church as a deacon, barbecuing, and running marathons.

    This hight powered attorney and judge is ready to file litigation to contestants whose dishes lack flavor and presentation! You've got one shot to impress this Judge. No plates go to trial!

  • Kane Calamari

    Multiple Roles at Ace Hardware Corporation in Chicago

    Meet Kane Calamari! VP of Human resources, organizational development and communications at the Ace Hardware corporation in Chicago.

    Calamari is also President of the Ace Hardware Foundation and a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Board of Governors. The Ace Foundation provides support and philanthropic opportunities to its consumers, retail store owners, vendors and team members to give back to local communities through fundraising efforts for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

    He will be leaving on a jet plane on the way to Cypress, Texas, to judge our 2016 Grill Your Ace Off! Who's ready to show this native Chicago dude how we do it here in Texas?!?

  • Greg Garofalo

    Sales Representative for Paragon Distributing Company

    Greg Garofalo has been a food enthusiast for as long as he can remember. He started cooking and experimenting with food at a young age and then started working in the restaurant industry as a cook and server.

    In 1997 he began his career selling BBQ equipment including the Big Green Egg. He was very impressed with the versatility of the Big Green Egg and began cooking on it as often as he could.

    In 2005 he started working with Paragon Distributing, the Big Green Egg distributor of the Southwest. Greg recently transferred from Dallas to Houston and you may run into him cooking on the Big Green Egg for different events around the city.

  • John Petreyko

    Traeger Territory Manager for the Great State of Texas

    Originally from the Northeast, John has lived in the Houston area for 3 years now. He has worked for Traeger Wood Fired Grills for 5 years, and before that spent over a decade in the gourmet food industry.

  • Dr. Eyal Muscal

    Pediatric Rheumatologist at Texas Children's Hospital

    Help us extend a big welcome to Dr. Eyal Muscal! Dr. Muscal is a pediatric rheumatologist with a Master's of Science Degree in Clinical Research specializing in children with autoimune disorders. He's a huge fan of our #WorkHardGiveBig motto and directly sees the benefit the Children's Miracle Network has on Texas Children.

    He's pretty excited to put down the stethoscope and pick up a fork to give the contestants' plates formal diagnoses.