Titus Arensberg is a former chef from Newark Ohio. He recently accepted a position as lead carver at Rock On Ice in Sunbury, Ohio, where he carves ice, produce and sand sculptures as a professional carver. He is a past People’s Choice award winner at the Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving Champion and his fruit and vegetables sculptures have garnered him numerous awards at The Carve at the Holland Farmers Market.
Greg Butauski is a Certified Master Carver by the National Ice Carving Association and has been carving ice for 25 years. He is the owner and mastermind behind Rock On Ice in Sunbury, Ohio. Greg travels all over the country and even internationally, carving temporary works of art out of ice, fruits, vegetables, sand, cheese and yes, pumpkins. His clients include major corporations, restaurants, sports arenas, zoos and cities of all sizes
Shannon Gerasimchik is the Director of Food and Beverage and the Executive Chef at the Golf Club of Dublin in Dublin, Ohio and the owner of his own catering business, Chik’s Catering. He spends his free time creating art out of fruit, vegetables, pumpkins, sand and ice, when not spending time with his wife and three young sons. Shannon’s biggest passion is food and all things food related.
Danny Kissel of Newville, Pennsylvania is a self-taught artist who developed his own unique style across various mediums, including pumpkin carving, chainsaw wood sculpture, ice carving, sand sculpture, graphite portraits and professional airbrushing. Kissel appeared on Season 4 of “Halloween Wars” on the Food Network. His work has also appeared in a variety of publications.
Stephan Koch has been an ice sculptor for fifteen years. Just five years ago, he began experimenting with other media, including sand, wood, Styrofoam and pumpkins. Stephan has placed second in the Jack Hannah Pumpkin Carving Championships, but hopes to one day beat Dean as the first place winner. Stephan lives with his lovely wife Karen at their five-acre homestead in Indiana with their dogs, cat, chickens, rabbits and many other non-domesticated members of the animal kingdom.
Dean Murray is a master pumpkin carver from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He carved pumpkins on Season 2 of the Food Network’s “Halloween Wars” and made a return appearance on Season 5. Dean is a three-time Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving Champion, competing in the annual event at the Columbus Zoo in Columbus Ohio and has even carved pumpkins at the White House. When he’s not carving pumpkins, you can find Dean carving cheese, sand, snow, fruit and ice.
Chad Hartson is former World Champion ice sculptor who owns and operates Ice Creations in Napoleon, Ohio, the largest ice facility in the entire state. Chad has won a multitude of local and regional ice sculpting competitions. Not only is he champion at ice sculpting, he is also a highly skilled pumpkin carver, food carver and sand sculptor who has carved at a variety of special events throughout the year.
Jon Michaels is an artist from Cincinnati, Ohio who works as a professional ice sculptor for Artic Diamond Ice Sculptures, one of the nation’s top ice sculpting companies. In the fall months he loves carving pumpkins for a change of pace, though he can also be found carving soap, sand and wood sculptures.