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