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George Motz to Judge 2015 SoBe Burger Bash So He Answers a Few Questions

George Motz wrote one of the most important book about Hamburgers (Hamburger America), created an amazing documentary about them (again Hamburger America) AND hosted the show Burger Land on Travel Channel. Me = Big fan. George has answered some of my questions before on the original written version of the Grinder and on my webshow (which you can watch right … Continue reading

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Mercy Gonzalez Of El Rey De Las Fritas On The Grinder Webshow

Approximately 2 years I wrote a story for edible South Florida (Pages 1-2 and 3) about the Frita Cubana. I interviewed Mercy Gonzalez and her husband Gino about El Rey de las Fritas for over 2 hours. We talked a bunch about the history of the Frita Cubana in Miami and how her late Dad had started cooking them originally in Cuba. It … Continue reading


George Motz of Travel Channel’s Burger Land on The Grinder

I found out about George Motz through his documentary & book of the same name, Hamburger America. Hamburger America was and still is my bible when I’m visiting a city and looking for the best spots in town. George was one of the first people I emailed when I started the Burger Beast blog and from there we became friends. I introduced … Continue reading


Episode 2 of The Grinder with #SoBeWFF Director Lee Schrager

Here’s the long awaited second episode of The Grinder featuring the director of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Lee Schrager filmed at the Burger Beast office in my home! All guests do not know what exactly they are going be asked or be put through. But hey, those are the breaks if you’re gonna be on the Grinder. About … Continue reading

We Need Your Questions for The Grinder Episodes 2 & 3 featuring Lee Schrager and Richard Hales

Next up for The Grinder we have South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Director Lee Schrager and Chef Richard Hales of the Sakaya Kitchen Food Empire (2 Restaurants & 2 Food Trucks). We need your help! What would you like for me to ask them? Please make sure to email your questions for our Mailbag segment to … Continue reading

Here’s the Teaser for The Grinder

Last night at Pincho Factory we screened the teaser for “The Grinder” produced by Chat Chow TV and hosted by me. The first episode features Nedal Ahmad the owner of Pincho Factory as the first guest. The full first episode of The Grinder will be available on Chat Chow TV and BurgerBeast.Com this Thursday September 13th. But for right now enjoy … Continue reading

Burger Beast’s The Grinder is Back! And I need your help!

A few years back I did this cool Question & Answer thing with local restaurant owners, Chefs and some Food Celebrities called The Grinder. Well I’m bringing it back and I’d like for you to help me out. We’re gonna go much more local for this series and we’re starting with the “Mad Scientist” Nedal Ahmad of Pincho Factory. Please … Continue reading

The Grinder – Hamburger America’s George Motz

George Motz is best known for being a burger expert. His documentary and book, Hamburger America is my burger bible and should be a part of every burger fan’s collection. George has also been keeping himself busy with the NYC Food Film Festival and the upcoming Chicago Food Film Festival taking place on September 24 & 25th. So after harassing … Continue reading

The Grinder: Charm City Burger Company’s Chef Mike Saperstein

As we near The Burgies in September I figured it might be a good time to start putting some of the people behind my favorite burger places through The Grinder. Charm City Burger Company is located in Deerfield Beach, Florida and well worth the drive from wherever you might be located. It’s got a wide variety of great burgers, fresh … Continue reading

The Grinder: Michael’s Genuine – Chef Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz is having a stellar year. The man behind Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink won the Golden Grill Award at the SoBe Burger Bash 2010 as well as a James Beard award for Best Chef: South. And as if that wasn’t enough, his Harris Ranch Black Angus Burger (served only on the lunch menu) continues to rock the world … Continue reading

The Grinder: TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off & Ham On The Street’s George Duran

Watching George Duran on Food Network’s Ham On The Street made me fearless with my crazy food combinations. I loved that show and if you’ve never seen it, I’d suggest you search it out. George now has a gig on TLC where he hosts Ultimate Cake Off but unfortunately you don’t get to see the Ham on the Street George … Continue reading

The Grinder: Food Network & Galavision’s Ingrid Hoffman

Ingrid Hoffman came to Miami in 1985 from Colombia and  in 1993 opened her first (and I believe only) restaurant “Rocca”. She is best known for the program “Simply Delicioso” on the Food Network and her spanish programs “Delicioso” and “Un Minuto Delicioso” on Galavision. Recently she partnered to help create the Latin Burger & Taco Truck. And now she’s … Continue reading

The Grinder: Q American Barbeque And Pizza Volante’s Chef Jonathan Eismann

It makes perfect sense to put Chef Jonathan Eismann through The Grinder right after winning Best Chef in this year’s New Times’ Best Of issue. In another stroke of good timing, Q American Barbeque is also adding a Burger/Slider section to their menu which includes the Media Noche Burger (Pit Smoked Ham, Swiss Cheese, Pickles, Yellow Mustard). The Media Noche … Continue reading

The Grinder: Interviews with Burger Big Wigs

What happens when I  ask some chefs, restaurant owners and maybe even celebrities, yes I said celebrities about burgers and other things not pertaining to burgers? You get The Grinder. So sit back, read and enjoy: “maybe I even thought there was indeed some small possibility of a “good time”–but I surely had reason to know better. I did know … Continue reading