Hamburger House Party 2017 in Pictures

Hamburger House Party is the culmination of my National Burger Month celebration.

This year’s Hamburger House Party was brought to you by Miami Lakes Auto Mall, Sunshine Provisions, Downstairs Markets & Magic City Casino and presented by my Burger Museum.

The judges were South Beach Wine & Food Festival Founder Lee Schrager, NBC 6 in the Mix’s Roxy Vargas, Sugar Factory’s Corporate Pastry Chef Max Santiago, Director Billy Corben and Latin House/Madlove’s Chef/Owner Michell Sanchez.

Retro-Sky performed live with some 80s and 90s classic songs while Burger Beast mainstays DJ Volksmusik (Hank Justice) spun tunes to keep everyone groovin’.

My bud, iHeartMedia’s Danny Rivera made a welcome return to hosting.

HHP isn’t only about the Burgers but about great snacks, desserts and drinks: Bocas House & Night Owl Cookie Co‘s Shake collaboration, Chifles Chips, Dough Miami, DRINK Miami made cocktails with Jim Beam, McDonald’s famous French Fries, Sweetness Bakeshop, Tito’s Vodka Cocktails, Velvet Creme Doughnuts and Craft Beer from Concrete Beach Brewery, Funky Buddha Brewery, MIA Beer Company & Tank Brewing Co.

Here were the 23 Competitors:

  1. 109 Burger Joint – Sweetwater
  2. 180 Degrees at the DRB – Downtown Miami
  3. Airport Cafe – Miami Springs
  4. Bocas Grill – Doral & Kendall
  5. Burbowl – Coral Gables & Downtown Miami
  6. Cheeseburger Baby – Little Haiti & Miami Beach
  7. Chefs on the Run – Homestead
  8. Cinebistro: CityPlace – Doral
  9. El Rey de las Fritas – Coral Gables, Little Havana, Sweetwater & Westchester
  10. Funky Buddha Brewery – Oakland Park
  11. Hard Times Sundaes – Brooklyn, New York
  12. Jr’s Gourmet Burgers – Miami Springs
  13. Killer Melts – West Kendall
  14. Monster Burgers – South Florida Food Truck
  15. MOOYAH – Country Walk & Doral
  16. The Orange Bear Grill – Dania Beach
  17. PINCH Kitchen – MiMo
  18. Pincho Factory – Everywhere at this point
  19. PIPO Burgers on Wheels – Doral Food Truck
  20. Swensen’s – Coral Gables
  21. Tucker Duke’s – Boca Raton & Delray Beach
  22. Tuto’s Street Cuisine – South Florida Food Truck
  23. Twisted Fork Kitchen – Doral

Sugar Factory’s Corporate Pastry Chef Max Santiago with the Judge’s Vote Winner, Hard Times Sundae’s owner Andrew Zurica

Miami Lakes Auto Mall’s Victor Mayoli with the People’s Vote Winner, Chefs on the Run’s chef/owner Jodrick Ujaque

Jodrick wrote this on his Facebook page and it needs to be reprinted for those looking for inspiration:

To the teacher that without knowing predicted the future and said, ” you will have a great career flipping 🍔 ” … thanks for the encouragement.

I would like to thank God for the many opportunities that he’s given us to expose our product and our brand. We were so taken by the moment that I couldn’t help myself from choking up, by far my shortest acceptance speech.

This one goes out to all that have been told that they wouldn’t amount to much in this world, to that 15-year-old kid that’s washing dishes because he has to start somewhere, the one that shoots for the fence with a paper ball, yes I am talking to you, don’t let any anyone tell you that you can’t strive for big things, don’t allow people to bring you down with their negativity and their jealousy because you can achieve what they can’t. 

thank you to all the ppl in attendance that made this a reality.

Humility, Sacrifice, Dedication & Burgers

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