Eight MGM restaurants competed, pulling out all the stops on their version of a winning burger. As much as I loved how beautiful each burger was, the highlight of my day was seeing Joel Robuchon sitting right behind me. I am a a celebrity chef groupie, no question about it! Michael Mina, too. Michael, nobody makes a lobster pot pie like you.
Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak burger was a pork belly patty with a slice of heirloom tomato, blue cheese and a chipotle BBQ sauce.
Emeril's burger was hand ground steak with an oxtail marmalade, Havarti cheese and a crispy onion crust. The hand made potato roll was beautiful.
Michael Mina (PUB 1842) won the competition with his signature bacon cheeseburger. A beef patty topped with some Gouda cheese and melted American cheese with lettuce, the pub's secret sauce and plenty of bacon.
There was a salmon burger with crispy rice wrapped in seaweed. And Wolfgang's burger was topped with Gouda, habanero-tomato chutney (my spouse LOVED the burn on this), caramelized onion, arugula, served on a pretzel bun.
The fry station was beautiful. Onion rings served in brown paper bags with a large assortment of dipping sauces. Sweet potato fries, waffle fries and, the hit of the afternoon, homemade tater tots fried in duck fat. They were FUN.