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.

Since September 2008, Burger Beast as he now goes by has celebrated anything and everything about comfort food in South Florida and beyond.

He was awarded a Guinness Book of World Record for the largest parade of food trucks in 2013.

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.

In 2019 he became a published author with his release “All About the Burger.”

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.

Most recently (January 20, 2020), his event “Croquetapalooza was named by Yelp “One of the Top 28 Food Festivals in the United States.


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 culinary 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 Restaurant”June 17th, 2019
Miami HeraldFirst he built a burger museum in Miami. Now he’s opening his first burger restaurant”June 14th, 2019
Sun SentinelNostalgia and history served at the Burger MuseumNovember 12th, 2016
Escapism MagazineThe Burger King”June 2015
Thrillist22 Miami Instagrams You Need To Follow Right Now”April 7th, 2015
Miami HeraldSouth Florida Food 50: Sef Gonzalez of Burger BeastFebruary 18th, 2015
Miami HeraldFor Miami food blogger, Burger Brawl is the nature of the beastMay 8th, 2014
WLRN“Burger Beast, His Frita Obsession And A Frita ShowdownAugust 16th, 2013
Miami HeraldMan vs. Meat: A burger fan makes it big in the blogosphereNovember 12th, 2009

WRITING

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
Star Wars

EVENTS BURGER BEAST HAS JUDGED

2019 Gay8 Festival’s Best Sandwich – Little Havana
2015 Seed Wine & Food Festival Plant-Based Burger Battle – Miami Beach, Florida
2015 John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off – Pompano Beach, Florida
2015 Dessert Wars – Miami, Florida
2014 Cuban Sandwich Festival – Tampa, Florida
2013 Boca Burger Battle – Boca Raton, Florida
2013 Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Burger Battle – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2013 Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off in Ave Maria, Florida
2012 Pigs in Paradise (BBQ) – Immokalee, Florida
2012 Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Burger Battle – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2012 The Grind Burger Battle – Wynwood, Florida
2011 Seminole Hard Rock-N-Roll Beer-B-Que – Hollywood, Florida
2011 Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Burger Battle – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2011 Taste of the Grove – Coconut Grove, Florida
2011 Johnson & Wales Burger Wars
2011 JA Uncorked – Coconut Creek, Florida
2010 NBC 6 Burger Battle – Miramar, Florida
2010 Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Burger Battle – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

CONTACT

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