Last night, 26 burger flippers—including Michael White, Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, and Geoffrey Zakarian—served up around 60,000 burger portions to crowds of food world celebs, media hangers on, and wealthy Miamians at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival's sold out Burger Bash. There were some solid contenders both old and new (Shake Shack, and Love Shack respectively), some serious issues with undercooking, and a notable reliance out whacked out toppings—fried eggs, onion rings, and superfluous meats galore.
In the end, Food Network star Michael Symon won the popular vote (as he did last year) and also the highly coveted Heinz ketchup condiment award. But the big news of the night is hometown hero Marc Murphy, he of Ditch Plains and Landmarc, won the prestigious judges' award for his straightforward beef burger on a homemade cheddar bun served with pickles and spiked ketchup. Starting on Monday, the winning burger The Big Marc will be served at all four of Marc's restaurants all week as a special. Click through to Eater National for full coverage and a picture of Spike Mendelsohn dressed as the Hamburglar.
· Michael Symon Wins Big at the SoBe Burger Bash 2011 [Eater National]
· All Coverage of SoBe WFF [Eater National]