Rachael Ray Crowns the Best Burgers at 10th Annual Burger Bash Competition

02/27/2016 at 02:17 PM ET

Rachael Ray Burger Bash at South Beach Wine & Food Festival
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There’s a new burger king in town.

Surrounded by the white sand beach and warm turquoise waters of Miami Beach, Rachael Ray hosted her annual Burger Bash showdown at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Friday night—where chef Masaharu Morimoto was presented the People’s Choice Award for 2016.

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Morimoto’s “Menchi Katsu Burger”—a panko deep-fried burger served on a potato roll with a side of the chef’s pickle and carrot kimchi—beat out dozens of the nation’s best chefs for the crowd-favorite prize.

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While the throngs of guests at the beachside party were responsible for voting for the People’s Choice Award, it was up to an all-star panel of burger enthusiasts—including of Neil Patrick Harris and chef husband David Burtka, NBC’s Natalie Morales, George Motz and Marcus Samuelsson—to taste each chef’s speciality burger and present the Schweid & Sons Very Best Burger Award. The winner: Jersey Dawg’s Classic Slider, made simply with ground chuck, American cheese and yellow onions on a sandwich roll.

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Rachael Ray Burger Bash at South Beach Wine & Food Festival
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But Morimoto and Jersey Dawg weren’t the only ones to receive special recognition that night: To celebrate Ray’s 10th anniversary hosting the marquee event, Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro surprised her on stage with a gigantic, burger-shaped cake.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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