SOBEWFF 2016: Morimoto, Jersey Dawg Win Big at Burger Bash

Jersey Dawg Wins Burger Bash
Jersey Dawg Wins Burger Bash
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The smell of beef was in the air as the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Burger Bash celebrated its 10th anniversary on the sand.

Lots of beer for your burgers
Lots of beer for your burgers
Photo by Laine Doss

It seemed like the entire population of Miami Beach came out to nosh on burgers and drink beer as thousands of carnivores queued up to chow on burgers from celebrity chefs like Tim Love, SPike Mendelsohn, and America's favorite weatherman, Al Roker.

Rachael Ray is queen of the Burger Bash
Rachael Ray is queen of the Burger Bash
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Burger Bash host Rachael Ray was joined by a high-wattage cadre of judges:  Neil Patrick Harris, Natalie Morales, George Motz, David Burtka, and Marcus Samuelsson were tasked with choosing the best of the best.

After much deliberation (and plenty of beef), the Schweid & Sons Very Best Burger award went to South Florida food truck, Jersey Dawg. Owner Robert Goodman was amazed by the win. "I was standing next to Mori-fricking-Moto!"

Jersey Dawg's classic slider
Jersey Dawg's classic slider
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Goodman won for his classic slider, a tribute to White Castle's burgers with a cult-like following. "Goodman starts with a ball of about two ounces of beef then smashes it on a griddle and slowly cooks the meat with super thin onions. "When you flip the burger, the onions caramelize on the juice of the burger. The vapors of the onion also steam into the bun. That's the burger we make. I bring back classic New Jersey comfort food. "

Morimoto takes home Peoples Choice
Morimoto takes home Peoples Choice
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Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto took home the People's Choice award for his menchi katsu, a fried burger rested on a Martin's potato roll, served with kimchi. 

The Federal's burger
The Federal's burger
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Other notable bites included The Federal's sweet plaintain pastelon burger, topped with pork cracklings and queso frito on a Martin's potato roll.

Fooqs
Fooqs
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The Fooq's Burger was a local favorite. A blend of brisket, skirt steak, and short rib was topped with Jarlsberg and melted on the spot for a perfect cheese-to-meat ratio.

Pinch Factory's Nedal proud of his trophy
Pinch Factory's Nedal proud of his trophy
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Pincho Factory's Nedal Ahmad proudly displayed his 2015 trophy to the crowds who lined up for a taste of his meaty delights.

Buddy Valastro, Rachael Ray, and Lee Brian Schrager celebrate with a cake.
Buddy Valastro, Rachael Ray, and Lee Brian Schrager celebrate with a cake.
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The celebration was marked with a giant 70-pound burger cake, presented by Cake Boss Buddy Valastro. Because every delicious burger meal deserves a sweet finish.


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