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Culinary Fight Club: Let the Blended Burger Battles Begin!

May 23, 2016

Four chefs entered the burger ring on May 19th to battle it out in the first-ever Blended Burger Battle. Hosted by Culinary Fight Club in Chicago, the battle pitted chef against chef to create the ultimate mushroom-meat blended burger. Up for grabs: burger bragging rights and a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships.

Chef cooking with mushrooms.

Each chef had 45 seconds to run for ingredients and 60 minutes to make plates for three judges (PLUS 100 portions for taster’s choice). Judges of the fierce fight included Council Representative Steve Solomon, Burger Bar Chicago Chef John McLean, and Owner of Big Fork Brands Lance Avery.

Chefs competing in a Blended Burger Battle.

Battling it out: Chef Tim Davidson of Troquet, Chef Paul Caravelli of Knife and Tine, Chef Ray Carpenter of Central Table, and Chef Craig Baker of Local Eatery + Pub.

Chefs Ray Carpenter and Craig Baker competing in the Blended Burger Battle.

Mushrooms were chopped, meat was blended, and burgers were grilled as the four chefs duked it out for the title of best blended burger. In the end, only one chef could win, and the crowd (and taste buds) went wild for Chef Tim Davidson’s blended burger!

A blended burger at the Blended Burger Battle.

Aside from being an incredibly fun event, Culinary Fight Club also is partnered with Fight2Feed, an organization that partners top restaurants with food trucks to provide service and support to hungry men, women and children.

And guess what? The battle doesn’t stop here! The Blended Burger Project is just getting started (May 30)—this time challenging chefs across the nation to create the best blended burger. Winners are decided by YOU, so find the blended burgers nearest you and Taste, Share, Vote!

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