Be sure to join us at the Bud Light stage at Irving Park on Sunday at 2:30pm for the Critics’ Choice Award Ceremony!
A special thanks to our judges:
Chicago and North Center’s own Maxwell Jenkins is thrilled to be back judging at Ribfest! Maxwell grew up right here in the neighborhood before taking off to space as the iconic character of “Will Robinson ” in Netflix Epic Series “Lost in Space”. In between seasons he appeared in several films including Joe Bell opposite Connie Britton and Mark Wahlberg, and “A Family Man” with Gerard Butler. Maxwell also played young Jack Reacher in Amazon’s most watched series ever, “Jack Reacher”. Maxwell just wrapped his latest project, “Dear Edward” soon to be released on Apple+. When not doing film & television work Maxwell can be found flipping and flying as an acrobat in his family’s Midnight Circus. Maxwell is also a proud Chicago Public School kid, a graduate of our neighborhood Coonley Elementary and a rising Senior right here at Lane Tech.
Lourdes Duarte is co-anchor of WGN Evening News at 4pm. Prior to her role on the evening news, Lourdes was co-anchor of the WGN Morning News and a reporter for WGN News at Nine. Lourdes came to WGN-TV in September of 2007 as a general assignment reporter for the WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine.
Lourdes is a four time Emmy Award winner. She also received an Emmy nomination for a story on deportation. Lourdes and a WGN photographer where aboard the plane that transported undocumented immigrants to their home country.
Lourdes also hosts “Adelante Chicago” on WGN. In 2009, she was picked as one of DePaul University’s 14 Under 40 and is on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Communication. Lourdes received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from DePaul University.
Muffy Fishbasket is world famous in her mind and the original drag broad. Her performance has been referred to as a mix Madeline Kahn confusion and Mae West Camp…which is good ‘cause she’s done her best to steal both of their acts. She has trained in circus arts at the actors gymnasium and trapeze school New York and performs regularly at Hamburger Mary’s, Carbon Arc, Campit and the House of Blues. Muffy has performed all over the country and sometimes even on a stage in an actual show!
Muffy Fishbasket is also the Chicago director for the nationally recognized story hour with drag queens.
In Season 8, Cate came into the competition with a bang after failing to make it through last year’s auditions. Not only was she one of the nicest contestants, but she was also one of the strongest. She had a joyful and light-hearted personality and was very kind towards all the other competitors. Along with her kindheartedness, she had a fearless attitude, since she described herself as a “tomboy”. In the kitchen, she was viewed as an absolute force to be reckoned with, because of her probably being the most versatile cook, along with tremendous skill and impressive techniques that led her all the way to the semifinals, getting eliminated in a 3-part flour Skills Test. She got along with everybody and made strong friendships with Dino, Jason, Eboni and Yachecia. However, she had an unwanted short-lived confrontation with Gabriel over conflicting ideas in a team challenge and had a huge long-lasting dislike toward Jeff over his poor attitude.
In Season 12, Cate’s second chance was short-lived. Despite having an outstanding audition dish, in the first Mystery Box Challenge of the season, the chefs had to cook a dish that featured a different type of alcohol. Cate tried to make a dessert in order to continue making up for baking being what sent her home right before the finale of her season. But she didn’t start making her cake until halfway through the cooking time causing it to be underbaked, leaving her in a panic by breaking off and serving the slightly baked pieces. She was ultimately in the bottom for the first time due to the cakes inconsistency as the deconstruction of it was poorly presented to hide it from being underbaked, leading to her devastating early elimination.