Rhode Islanders Compete For Creating Best New Burger
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Burger #1: Fire From The Gods
To understand the finalist's achievement, we must meet the brains behind the burgers. Greg McClure of Hopkinton MA created his mighty "Fire from The Gods" burger by using lean turkey, crisp bacon, caramelized onions, flavorful goat cheese, and two special ingredients--fennel and peppadew (a type of sweet but fiery pepper)--on a sesame bun. "Fire from the Gods" stimulates our taste buds and intellect as well. "After investigating more about fennel", McClure said, "I found that Prometheus used fennel stalks to steal fire from the Gods. Hence, fire from the gods." Only Luxe Burger can make mythology mouth-watering.
Burger #2: Benefit Street Burger
2012 Build Your Own Burger Challenge's second finalist, Camron Parker of Providence, created the "Benefit Street Burger" with grilled chicken breast, sharp provolone cheese, baby lettuce, pear & ginger chutney and caramelized onions on a whole wheat bun. The strong contrast in Camron's burger stems from the cheese plates he uses with friends at dinner parties. "The sharp provolone, sweet fruit chutney, and smoky prosciutto are always a win-win to start the evening," Camron said. What better way to honor Benefit Street than a burger combining sweet and savory.
Burger #3: Mac N' Cheese Burger
Amanda Grace of Warwick created the monstrous Mac N Cheese burger using two Gold Label Burgers, Luxe's Own Mac & Cheese, iceberg lettuce, dill pickles and spicy catsup on a sesame bun. Amanda combines beloved comfort food with a classic dish in a way that enables all customers to enjoy two trademark meals in one colossal dish.
Burger #4: Chicken N' Waffle Burger
Laura Herbert of Wakefield is the fourth finalist of 2012 Build Your Own Burger Contest. Laura's "Chicken N Waffle Burger" uses fried chicken breast, aged cheddar, iceberg lettuce, fried egg, chipotle aioli, and maple syrup in-between two waffle "buns". Laura's unique and delectable burger reflects her desire to be different. "My favorite part of cooking is being creative," Laura said. "A pinch of this and a dash of that and you can make something amazing". Laura proves creativity is just as important as cheese in a burger.
Burger #5: Baltimore's Finest Burger
Last but not least, the fifth contestant is Paul Sinclair of Providence. Paul's "Baltimore's Finest Burger" channeled Maryland deliciously by using Maryland Blue Crab Cake, ripe tomatoes, baby lettuce as well as zesty chipotle aioli. Paul re-defines the classic crab cake in an unbelievable way through the warm crab lumps oozing with flavorful chipotle aioli.
Help name the winner
These five finalist burgers will be featured on the Luxe menu for the remainder of the month of September, where you can cast votes for your favorites, including on Facebook. Finally, a panel of celebrity judges (including GoLocalProv Dining Critic Sean DeBobes will evaluate each submission's creativity, taste, edibility, ease of production, overall composition, and the burger's name. Their opinions, combined with sales of each burger and online votes, will crown the champion. Who will be the best burger in Rhode Island? Go taste for yourself, vote, and stay tuned for the winner!
To go taste, head to Luxe Burger Bar, 5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, 401-621-LUXE. And don't miss this Saturday's final taste-off, open to the public, at noon. www.luxeburgerbar.com
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