Food Festivals

SoBeWFF: Broward & Palm Beach Represent at Burger Bash

Last Night's Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival was a meat lovers dream.  Vegans were out of luck with a mind-blowing choice of 32 different burgers available for the eating (and three different desserts...just in case you still had some room).

Celebrity chefs were on hand to both serve and judge at the event, hosted by Rachael Ray, who looked way too glamorous to be stuffing herself with burgers and drinking an Amstel Light.

Some of the biggest names in the culinary world presented a burger at the bash, including Guy Fieri (Guy's Burger Joint on Carnival Cruises Lines), who presented a straight-up burger, topped with a pig patty, Bobby Flay (Bobby's Burger Palace), who served a tangy buffalo style burger crunchified with blue cheese dressing, and two-time Burger Bash winner Michael Symon (B Spot), who was trying to make three a charm with his porky burger.

Broward and Palm Beach were both well represented at the Bash. Duffy's Sports Grill served a tasty American Kobe beef slider with Heinz 57 emulsion, while Burger Bar by Chef Allen went for classic with their beach burger, accompanied by a stone crab chowder shooter.

When it came down to the final judge's (and people's choice) decision, the crowd was shocked to find out the Michael Symon had won a third time in a row. 

Other winners included Guy Fieri for best dressed burger and Whisk in Miami for best meat.


Duffy's presented an upscale take on a classic burger, using American Kobe beef to up the ante for a shot at glory.

Chef Allen Susser peddles his meat at Burger Bash.

Chef Allen's Burger Bar beach burger. Short rib, brisket, and prime chuck burger topped with applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, homemade pickles, and chef's secret sauce.

Guy Fieri fist bumping a fan.

And the winner is....Festival director Lee Schrager and Rachael Ray present a check and trophy to Michael Simon for his third Burger Bash win.



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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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