November 13 & 14, 2018

Kosher Masters Competition


In Partnership With 

Palisades Kosher Parchment Paper


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 1:00pm

Watch the finals of the second annual Kosher Masters Culinary Competition at Kosherfest!

The finals are a culmination of a two month national cooking competition run by Jamie Geller’s JOY of KOSHER where aspiring chefs put their own creative twist on a classic Jewish dish and submitted a video for a chance to win the national Kosher Master title! For more information, visit JOY of KOSHER.

The Kosher Master Winner will receive a $500 Amex gift card, feature article on , a 1 year subscription to Joy of KOSHER with Jamie Geller Magazine, a JOY of KOSHER cookbook, and a gift basket from the sponsor, Palisades Kosher Parchment Paper.

Kosherfest is a business-to-business trade event not open to the public, but don’t worry – you can watch the competition LIVE online! Stay tuned for details.

View the finalists’ videos below!

Marion Haberman
Marion Haberman is a content creator for her YouTube channel @MyJewishMommyLife. She makes videos about her life as a Jewish mom and shares her experience and advice about living a Jewish life, motherhood, cleaning, organizing and of course her favorite…cooking & baking! Check out her YouTube channel to see her most popular video at the moment – ‘Jewish Baby Names I Love, but Won’t Be Using’, or find her on Instagram @MyJewishMommyLife sharing photos of her favorite recipes and her adorable baby boy. When she’s not on social media Marion is a writer and a dreamer.


Genie Milgrom
Genie Milgrom was born in Havana ,Cuba into a Roman Catholic Family of Spanish Ancestry. She is the Past President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, President of Tarbut Sefarad-Fermoselle in Spain, and Past President of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies. She is the author of My 15 Grandmothers as well as How I found My 15 Grandmothers, A Step By Step Guide. Both books won the 2015 Latino Author Book Award. Genie also has two upcoming books available this December 2017. Her work has been showcased in the Jerusalem Post, The Miami Herald and other publications around the world. She was awarded the State of Florida Genealogy award for her outstanding achievements and advances in the Pioneer work she has done in Genealogy.

Dina Burcat
Dina Burcat has been cooking and making messes in the kitchen all her life, inspired by her mother and grandmother who set the table (literally!) for some of Dina’s favorite family memories. Dina competed in the 2011 Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-off and the 2014 Manischewitz All-Stars competition, and is excited to return to competitive cooking in the 2017 Kosher Masters contest!

Dina lives in New York City, where she works as the Director of Alumni Affairs at Yeshiva University. She is a very active volunteer at her synagogue, The Jewish Center on the Upper West Side.

Note: Access to the kitchen is open to all attendees at Kosherfest. Seating is limited, first come, first served.

These three finalists will compete live on Wednesday, November 15 at Kosherfest in a chopped style competition.  Kosherfest is the world’s largest and most attended business-to-business, kosher-certified products trade show. Thousands of industry experts will watch them in action along with our distinguished panel of judges.  

The winner of Jamie Geller’s Kosher Masters will receive a $500 Amex Gift Card, a feature article in JOY of KOSHER with Jamie Geller Magazine and the website and also receive a 1-year subscription to JOY of KOSHER with Jamie Geller Magazine and a copy of our latest JOY of KOSHER cookbook.

The contest will be hosted by Jamie Geller and judged by Naomi Nachman, Chani Apfelbaum and Frimet Unger.

Jamie Geller

jamieJamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the “Queen of Kosher” (CBS) and the “Jewish Rachael Ray” (New York Times), she’s the creative force behind and “JOY of KOSHER with Jamie Geller” magazine. Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their six super kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen – quickly. Check out her new book, JOY of KOSHER Fast, Fresh Family Recipes.

Frimet Unger

Frimet Unger is the daughter of Philip Schwartz, founder of Palisades Paper, Inc. In 2007, after several years as a comptroller for several businesses, she accepted the Chief Financial Officer position with the family-owned and operated business. In addition to her financial responsibilities, Frimet plays the role of company spokesperson and is a driving force behind Palisades’ commitment to offer products that are practical, environmentally-friendly and safe. As a mother, she values Palisades’ customers’ trust and personally tests every product in her own kitchen.

Naomi Nachman 


naomiNaomi is the host of her own radio show on the Nachum Segal Network. Tune in every Friday at 9am to hear her show “Table For Two with Naomi Nachman” on




Chani Apfelbaum

Raised in a kosher home in Brooklyn, Chanie Apfelbaum grew up eating traditional Jewish foods like gefilte fish, stuffed cabbage and matza ball soup. Today, she lives just a few blocks from her childhood home where she revisits family favorites and reinvents traditional holiday dishes. Chanie’s creative twists on old time cuisine prove that kosher fare is anything but old-fashioned. With five little ones in tow, she celebrates her heritage one dish at a time, creating healthy recipes with a modern flair and Middle Eastern vibe. Chanie’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Parade, Yummly and many more. You can follow her culinary adventures at  




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