Burger Beast with a big smile

A little information about Sef Gonzalez (aka Burger Beast):

  • Sef’s family emigrated from Cuba in the early 1960s to New York. They would settle in Miami, Florida, in 1975.
  • Beast was raised in the Westchester part of Miami, which he still proudly calls his hometown to this day. He gives a shout out to Westchester during his appearance on the Miami episode for Travel Channel’s Burger Land.
  • Since September 2008, Burger Beast as he now goes by has celebrated anything and everything about comfort food in South Florida and beyond.
  • Some of his other projects include the Burger Beast Podcast, The Grinder Web Show, and the Burger Beast App for iPhone & Android.
  • He was awarded a Guinness Book of World Record for the largest parade of food trucks.
  • Sef has also partnered with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where he currently curates one event per year.
  • He has appeared on the Food Network, Travel Channel and has been featured on other food programs from Canada, England & Sweden.
  • He has written for the Miami Herald, Edible South Florida, New Times, Miami.com, and Ocean Drive Magazine.
  • Every year on April 7th, the city of Miami Springs celebrates Burger Beast Day.
  • Sef’s first book was published in April 2019, All About the Burger.
  • Most recently, his event “Croqueta Palooza was named by Yelp “One of the Top 28 Food Festivals in the United States.

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Events Created & Curated by Burger Beast

Bacon OffOrlando, Florida
Battle of the Burgers – Palmetto Bay, Florida
Burger Beast Burgie AwardsFt. Lauderdale, Hialeah & Miami, Florida
Croqueta PaloozaMiami, Florida
Eat with the Miami Heat – Miami, Florida
El Main EventoMiami, Florida
Food Truck First Fridays on Federal – Hallandale Beach, Florida
Food Truck Pile Up – Margate, Florida
Food Truck Rally at Seminole Casino – Immokalee, Florida
Food Trucks at ArtsParkHollywood, Florida
Frita ShowdownMiami, Florida
Hamburger House PartyMiami, Florida
Hot Dog FestHallandale Beach, Jupiter, Plantation, & Miami, Florida
Isle Casino Food Truck Rally – Pompano, Florida
Lee Schrager’s America’s Best Breakfast Book Release PartyMiami, Florida
Luv Me TendersMiami, Florida
Miami Food Truck Rally at Hard Rock Hotel – Hollywood, Florida
Miami Food Truck Rally at Seminole Paradise – Hollywood, Florida
National Cheeseburger Day CelebrationOrlando, Florida
South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Croquetas & Champagne – Miami Design District, Florida
South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Croquetas & Cocktails – Miami Design District, Florida
South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Food Trucks on the Beach – Miami Beach, Florida
South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Trucks on Midtown’s Tracks – Midtown, Florida
South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Medianoche & Mixology – Wynwood, Florida
SugaPieMiami, Florida
Top Turkey – Hollywood, Florida
Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival – Bonita Springs, Florida
Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival – Dania Beach, Florida
Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck FestivalMiami, Florida
Wiener BashMiami, Florida

All About the Burger Book Signings

Big Sky Buckhead with NFA BurgerAtlanta, Georgia
Boyce General StoreAlvaton, Kentucky
Charm City Burger CompanyDeerfield Beach, Florida
Dog ‘n SudsMuskegon, Michigan
Gilbert’s 17th Street GrillFt. Lauderdale, Florida
Halo BurgerFlint, Michigan
Hamburger House PartyMiami, Florida
Henry’s HamburgersBenton Harbor, Michigan
Ivanhoe Park Brewing with A Lo Cubano KitchenOrlando, Florida
Kewpee HamburgersLima, Ohio
PINCHOHialeah, Florida
Pinegrove Market & DeliJacksonville, Florida
Shake ShackCoral Gables
White CastleColumbus, Ohio

TV Sightings

Ohio’s Hometown Stations “Burger Beast signs copies of his book at Kewpee”
Sweden’s Världens bästa burgare Episode 4 Miami
Food Network Canada’s You Got Eat Here!, La Camaronera segment
Travel Channel’s Burger Land “Miami’s Cuban Frita” episode, El Mago de las Fritas & Pincho Factory segments
Food Network UK’s Andy Bates American Street Feasts “Miami Tropical Beach Flavours”
NBC’s 6 in the Mix (more than 10 appearances to discuss different Burger Beast events)
WSVN’s Deco Drive Burger Museum unwraps a tasty history
SoFlo TASTE on WPLG 10 The Burger Museum
2010 NBC 6 Burger Battle

Notable Press

TimeOutBurger Beast’s limited-edition Feast BoxJune 3rd, 2020
EaterBurger Beast, to Debut His Own Burger RestaurantJune 17th, 2019
Miami Herald“First he built a burger museum in Miami. Now he’s opening his first burger restaurantJune 14th, 2019
Sun SentinelNostalgia and history served at the Burger MuseumNovember 12th, 2016
Escapism Magazine“The Burger KingJune 2015
Thrillist“22 Miami Instagrams You Need To Follow Right NowApril 7th, 2015
Miami Herald“South Florida Food 50: Sef Gonzalez of Burger Beast”February 18th, 2015
Miami Herald“For Miami food blogger, Burger Brawl is the nature of the beast”May 8th, 2014
WLRN“Burger Beast, His Frita Obsession And A Frita ShowdownAugust 16th, 2013
Miami Herald“Man vs. Meat: A burger fan makes it big in the blogosphere”November 12th, 2009

Writings

All About The Burger book by Sef “Burger Beast” Gonzalez, published on April 15th, 2019 by Mango Publishing
edible South Florida Winter 2018: “The Burger Beast’s Guide To Cuban Coffee Culture
Miami.com & Miami Herald in Print May 1st, 2018: “Eat a burger a day for National Burger Month.”
Miami.com & Miami Herald in Print May 2017: 5 Things You Should Do During National Burger Month, 5 Historical South Florida Burger Joints, 5 Most Miami Burgers, 5 Restaurants with Unexpectedly Great Burgers, and 5 Next It Burger Joints.
edible South Florida Fall 2012: “Ventanitas
edible South Florida Winter 2012: “Hey, Lee Schrager, What’s Going On?
Ocean Drive Magazine March 2011: Taste – The Burger Beast Edition
edible South Florida Spring 2011, Cover Story: “Let me tell you about the Frita

Acknowledgments

28 Best Food & Drink Festivals ranked by Yelp #22 Croquetapalooza
April 7th is Burger Beast Day in the city of Miami Springs
New Times Miami’s Best Food Instagrams
New Times 2013 Best Blog – Reader’s Choice Winner
CBS Miami’s “10 Best Miami Foodies To Follow On Twitter
Guinness World Record for “The largest parade of food trucks
The305.com 2012 Blogger of the Year
New Times 2012 Web Awards Best Food Blog
Savings.com The Top 15 Burger Bloggers

Company Collaborations

Amstel Light BeerBudweiser/Anheuser-BuschCatalina Foods
CAWY Bottling CompanyChevroletChifles Chips
City of Hallandale BeachCity of HialeahCity of Hollywood
City of Miami SpringsCoca-ColaCommon Threads
Downstairs MarketsEl Guapo SpicesFt. Lauderdale Riverwalk Trust
Funky Buddha BreweryGaleo SpicesGay8 Festival
Goya FoodsHatuey BeerHeineken Light Beer
Heinz KetchupHellmann’s/UnileverMagic City Casino
Martin’s Potato RollsMcCormick SpicesMcDonald’s
MetroPCSMiami Food RescueThe Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald
The Miami HeatMiami Lakes Auto MallThe Miami Marlins
Miami New TimesThe Miami SeaquariumOrion Fuels
Pepsi ColaSamuel Adams BeerSchweid & Sons/Burger Maker
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – HollywoodSouth Beach Wine & Food FestivalSt. Baldrick’s Foundation
Sunshine Bottling CompanyT-MobileThrillist
TillamookTito’s Handmade VodkaWhite Castle Restaurant
WISE Potato ChipsYelp

Judging Events

2019

  • Gay8 Festival’s Best Sandwich – Little Havana

2015

  • Seed Wine & Food Festival Plant-Based Burger Battle – Miami Beach, Florida
  • John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off – Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Dessert Wars – Miami, Florida

2014

  • Cuban Sandwich Festival – Tampa, Florida

2013

  • Boca Burger Battle – Boca Raton, Florida
  • Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Burger Battle – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off – Ave Maria, Florida

2012

  • Pigs in Paradise (BBQ) – Immokalee, Florida
  • Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Burger Battle – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • The Grind Burger Battle – Wynwood, Florida

2011

  • Seminole Hard Rock-N-Roll Beer-B-Que – Hollywood, Florida
  • Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Burger BattleFt. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Taste of the Grove – Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Johnson & Wales Burger Wars – North Miami, Florida
  • JA Uncorked – Coconut Creek, Florida

2010


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