"Best of" our Valley ... featuring 3TVs Tim Ring

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Chuck Hudson has been named "Strongest Man" in Phoenix Magazine's "Best of" issue, which hits newsstands this week. He's a Hospice of the Valley employee and benched a world-record 727 pounds in his weight class in Vegas last year.

This issue also features the biggest saguaro, the hottest hot sauce, and best burger of the Valley, judged by our sports director, Tim Ring.

This year's "Best of" issue also introduces the  youngest person in Arizona to be a member of Mensa. Alexis Martin just turned 4 years old. She speaks Spanish and English, can recite the periodic chart, and is just all-around brilliant.

Here's a list of some of the other bests you'll see in the issue

Best Bobblehead: Arizona D-Backs Zombie (distributed to fans on Aug. 8 before an 8-3 loss to the Pirates)

Best Fashion Label: State Forty Eight

Best Soap: Strawberry Hedgehog (Valley-owned soap and body-care company; available at Whole Foods)

Best Nail Polish: Scotch Naturals (eco-chic water-based line of nail lacquers; 45 colors available)

Best Moonlighter: Maynard James Keenan (the Tool frontman also owns an Arizona wine label)

Hottest Hot Sauce: Big Red's Hot Sauce (based in Anthem; measured 800,000 on the Scoville scale)

Best Burger: Grassroots Kitchen and Tap (selected by 3TV's Tim Ring; watch his process in the video above)