The New York City Burger Bash is one of Rachael’s favorite events of the year. A few years ago, Rach and friends welcomed 20 meat masters who fought for first place, while everyone else ate, drank, danced and enjoyed the delicious aromas of the night. Rach mingled with Bobby Flay, who won the People’s Choice Award and tons of other Food Network stars! Read on to see who made it to the party.
Giada DeLaurentiis and her hubby, Todd.
Katie Lee stopped by, who apparently opts for a burger with just American cheese. Now that’s minimalism at its finest!
And Anne Burell and Alex Guarnaschelli, who talked about the crazier side of burgers, such as condiments like Kimchi and fried squid. Yum!
It was definitely a night to remember. What’s your favorite way to eat a burger?
CHEF PAUL QUI
formerly of Uchiko, Austin, TX
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.
Paul Qui’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Southwest
1. PRIMETIME BURGER Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Austin, TX
American kobe beef, brie, truffle aioli, arugula, caramelized onions and steak sauce on a homemade bun.
2. “BOWLING ALLEY BURGER” Swift’s Attic, Austin, TX
Fontina, grilled onions and special sauce.
3. CHEESEBURGER Parkside, Austin, TX
Old-school American cheeseburger on a homemade bun.
4. BACON AVOCADO BURGER 24 Diner, Austin, TX
Charred poblanos and avocado with smoky aioli.
5. THE ROYALE WITH CHEESE Justine’s, Austin, TX
Hand-ground angus burger with house-made mayo on a ciabatta roll.
Get the entire “Burger Battle Royale” story here