Iron Skillet® Cook Off 2019

The Competitors

Team Tito’s

Team Sugar in the Raw

Team Tito’s

Dish: Sudado de Res paired with Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA

Chef Anastacia Song

American Cut Steakhouse

Firefighter Kismartovi Mejia

Engine 314,  Queens

Team Sugar in the Raw

Dish: Cilantro Chicken paired with Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA

Chef Ryan Lory and Adam Bordonaro


Firefighter Jesse Muldoon

Ladder 119, Brooklyn

Dish: Sudado de Res paired with Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA

Dish: Cilantro Chicken paired with Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA

Team Brooklyn Brewery

Team GFP Real Estate

Team Brooklyn Brewery

Dish: Pork with Poached Pear in a Mushroom Cream sauce paired with Brooklyn Brewery Octoberfest

Chef Matt


Firefighter Jason Kipp

Division 8 Rescue 5 Engine 160, Staten Island

Team GFP Real Estate

Dish: Bravest Braciole paired with Brooklyn Lager

Chef Francisco

The Rainbow

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Firefighter Joe Fitzpatrick 

Engine 92,
The Bronx

Dish: Pork with Poached Pear in a Mushroom Cream sauce paired with Brooklyn Brewery Octoberfest

Dish: Bravest Braciole paired with Brooklyn Lager

Team iHeart Media

Dish: Seared Scallops in a Tomato Relish paired with The Iron Skillet Cook Off 2019 Reserve

Chef Frank



Firefighter Vincent DeGennaro

Engine 10 Ladder 10, Manhattan

Dish: Seared Scallops in a Tomato Relish paired with The Iron Skillet Cook Off 2019 Reserve

Master of Ceremonies

Kirstin Cole


Kirstin Cole is a reporter and anchor for the PIX 11 Morning News. The four-time Emmy Award Winner rejoined the station in 2011, having worked there during the original launch of the morning news in 2000-2001. In between, she was the consumer investigative reporter and anchor at WCBS-TV for ten years and substituted as an anchor on the CBS Morning News.

The Judges


Dan Mannarino


Dan Mannarino is the morning anchor for the PIX11 Morning news weekdays from 6am to 9am. The twelve-time Emmy Award winner has been at PIX11 for nine years and is thrilled to be joining the panel of judges for the Iron Skillet cookoff.   Dan is an avid food lover and amateur chef in his own kitchen. He is a co-founding director of the Circle Up Foundation, supporting the developmentally delayed community and has been a volunteer for Camp New Day for eighteen years.


Jim Leyritz


After a successful 11-year career in the Big Leagues, Jim Leyritz has channeled his passion and commitment for helping others into raising money and awareness for numerous charitable organizations. With a deep-rooted connection to New York, Jim is involved in myriad of causes and particularly enjoys working with charities dedicated to helping children and at-risk youth.


Tina Cervasio


Tina Cervasio, the 19- year broadcast veteran is currently the lead sports anchor on Fox 5 and the host of Sports Extra in NY. She has worked with several television networks such as CBS Sports Network, MSG Network, SiriusXM and Mad Dogs Sports Radio, covering the area of sports. Tina supports various charities and at times serves as an emcee for fundraiser events. This versatile, seven-time New York Emmy Award Winner will be coming back as a judge for this year’s ISCO on Monday, October 7 at Federal Hall.

 Deonté L. Warren


He can currently be seen in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway where he is standby for Genie, Babkak and the Sultan. He is from Nashville, TN. Favorite credits include Tour: Dreamgirls and Sister Act. Regional: Shrek and Tarzan at Arizona Broadway Theatre, Hairspray at ACCC and many others. Bachelor of Music (Belmont University). When not in Aladdin Deonté can be found in concerts throughout the city. Deonté released is debut solo Album “Love, Essential (Live in New York)” January 2019 and is available everywhere music is sold.

Twitter: @dlwarren01  | Instagram: @dlwarren01 | Facebook: @deontelwarrenpage

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Thomas Huff


Former offensive guard of the Washington Redskins (1986-87), Thomas Huff, will be returning as a judge of the Iron Skillet® Cook Off. A graduate of Kean University in New Jersey, he is currently a business partner with BSB Construction and MAPEI Americas. He is a member of the NFL Alumni Association, and is a well-known NFL Players Association Guest Speaker (1986-2017). His days on the offensive line taught him that nothing can get in your way when victory hangs in the balance.


Davina Thomasula


Master Mixologist Davina Thomasula will be shaking up Tito’s Handmade Vodka signature Iron Skillet Cook Off cocktail “Mule it Over”

Davina Thomasula is a classically trained chef, awarding-winning mixologist, and creator of

This Year's Exclusive Dessert!

Vincenzo Garofalo


Chef Vincenzo Garofalo of Senso Unico serves up Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout Tiramisu as this years exclusive dessert!

Chef Garofalo mastered the art of cooking in Italy and further developed his talent at Sirio Ristorante in The Pierre Hotel and Le Cirque. He has cooked for celebrities such as Andrea Bocelli and legendary Chef Gualtiero Marchesi.

The ReadyResponder Lifetime of Leadership Award

Mr. Robert Fucito, Vice President of Enterprise Resiliency & Security,
Fannie Mae

For almost 40 years, Robert Fucito has led business and technology resiliency, crisis management, and physical security programs for some of the world’s most influential financial institutions including BNP Paribas, J.P. Morgan, and Fannie Mae.

Fucito successfully led crisis response and recovery efforts for several major disasters, including 9/11, the 2003 northeast blackout, the 2011 earthquake in Japan, Super Storm Sandy in 2012, and violent protests in Bangalore, India in 2016.

Throughout his career, Fucito has demonstrated his passion to make a difference for those in need. In partnership with Ready New York, a program with the New York City Office of Emergency Management, he created a corporate volunteer emergency response team and funded the training of a separate community emergency response team. Fucito co-led an intense four-month rebuilding effort in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, during which his teams rebuilt fire houses, a school, and single-family homes. In collaboration with the owner of Continuity Insights, he established an annual post-conference community service workshop called Continuity Cares. Over more than 15 years, Fucito has volunteered time and efforts to support World Cares Center.

He has served as the NYC Chapter Chair and Vice Chair on the Executive Board of the Contingency Planning Exchange, is a member of the Business Resiliency and General Threats Committees for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and has been recently named as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Continuity Insights. Fucito speaks at conferences across the country to help further the knowledge of continuity professionals.

ReadyResponder Awardees

Paul Bennett, Contingency Planning Exchange

Paul Bennett, MPH MEP, holds the positions of Chief of Emergency Planning for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Water Supply, Captain in the Pawling Fire Department, and Lieutenant in Dutchess County Hazardous Materials Response Team. Paul has been involved in emergency services since 1979. Paul possesses a rare blend of education in, and real world experience with, municipal water supply/wastewater treatment plant operations, environmental compliance, HazMat/WMD operations, law enforcement, security, fire service, EMS, public health and the interdependencies between critical infrastructures. Over the years, Paul has coordinated emergency planning/response/recovery efforts with multiple local, State and Federal agencies and private organizations. Paul graduated in 1982 from Southampton College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology/Marine Geology, received a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University in 1991 and in 2016 received certification from FEMA as a Master Exercise Practitioner.

Patrick Alesi, Contingency Planning Exchange

Patrick Alesi is the Executive Chairperson of the Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE).  In this role, he is responsible for managing the strategic direction of the CPE, including partnership and member development, and event programming.  Mr. Alesi is also an Executive Director and Head of Business Continuity Management for the Americas region at Nomura, having joined the firm in June 2010. Mr. Alesi‘s current responsibilities include strategic planning and incident response management as well as regulatory compliance for Business Continuity. Mr. Alesi previously worked for Lehman Brothers in the Business Continuity Management group, ultimately as global co-head of the function holding the title of Senior Vice President. Immediately following the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, Mr. Alesi was a Director at Barclays Capital, where he served on the IT Transition team overseeing the delivery of data and IT services to former Lehman entities. Mr. Alesi also worked at the New York Mercantile Exchange as its Director of Systems, Operations, and Database Administration. Mr. Alesi has a BS in Management from New York University.