Droppin’ burger knowledge in SoBe

Droppin’ burger knowledge in SoBe

It was a big week for Foodgōd.

After celebrating his birthday Thursday night at Komodo (complete with an epic, super-sized version of the special Foodgōd Baked Alaska Surprise dessert), he took on the country’s best burgers. A lot of them.

Foodgōd brought his culinary expertise to the beach, as a judge of Burger Bash at the 17th annual South Beach Food & Wine Festival.

Hosted by the one-and-only Guy Fieri, the sold-out signature event had no shortage of juicy, cheesy, mouthwatering burgers to sample, as meat lovers from across the nation went from station to station to devour each bite.

Guy Fieri at Burger Bash_photo via WorldRedEye

Burger Bash_photo via WorldRedEye

When it comes to burgers, Foodgōd calls himself “a purist.” Forget fancy, gussied up toppings and unusual flavors. Just give him a classic done right and he’s happy guy.

But during Friday’s fan favorite burger throwdown, Foodgōd was tasked with trying a whopping 40 different varieties—ranging from classic to non-traditional—and, ultimately, voting for the best.

The all-star lineup of judges also featured celebrity chef Marc Murphy, and other passionate food enthusiasts like David Grutman, fashion designer Zac Posen, and Bravo host Andy Cohen.

Burger Bash judges_photo via WorldRedEye

Burger Bash judges_photo via Miami New Times

Burger Bash judges_photo via WorldRedEye

After ravaging their way through dozens of patties, the judges collectively awarded their top pick to Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and her team at her New York City restaurant, Butter.

The indulgent winning cheeseburger was topped with rich bacon-jalapeño jam and pickles.

BURGER BASH BABY @butternyc @sobewffest judges choice winner!!!!!

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Burger Bash attendees were also given one vote each, and the Swine Burger, a decadent beef-pork belly mashup from Miami’s own Swine Southern Table & Bar, earned the People’s Choice award.

Meet your new #BurgerBash People’s Choice Winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Foodgōd brought a whole new fanbase to Burger Bash and crushed his first judging gig at SOBEWFF.

Well done! (But not when it comes to burgers, please.)

Images via WorldRedEye.com and Miami New Times.