Bobby Flay, Whoopi Goldberg and Lee Brian Schrager
Chris Santos, Pat LaFrieda and Andrew Zimmern
Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Blue Moon Burger Bash
THE PARTY The meatiest of the city’s annual Wine & Food Fest shindigs, this hamburger competition pitted 20 New York restaurants against one another in a foodie extravaganza underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Whoopi Goldberg took on hosting duties, while the Food Network’s Duff Goldman manned a very popular pie-and-milkshake bar. THE PLAYERS Celebrity chef (and last year’s winner) Bobby Flay chowed down with restaurateur Drew Nieporent, but surely no one felt more at home among so much ground beef than butcher Pat LaFrieda. Ultimately, TV-friendly food aficionados David Burke, Anne Burrell, Adam Richman and Andrew Zimmern judged the winner of the Burgermeister Award to be Franklin Becker, of Abe & Arthur’s. GUILTY PLEASURE Burger & Barrel chef Josh Capon’s griddled patty, laden with caramelized onions, bacon jam and shaved pickles, took home the People’s Choice Award.
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