As a part of the Stars and Stripes Weekend, Culinary Institute of America students battled for the best blended burger on campus!
This summer, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) hosted its first-annual Blended Burger Bash at Hyde Park Campus. Cooking off in front of family, friends and instructors, eleven teams of culinary students battled for the best blended burger.
Each of the eleven teams prepared two unique blended burgers (one consisting of at least 25 percent fresh mushrooms and one freestyle burger), for chefs, instructors and other students to try.
A panel of burger-experts judged the burgers, including CIA alumni Chef Jehangir Mehta, Produce Business writer Mira Slott, mushroom industry representatives from Monterey Mushrooms, Joe and Karen Caldwell, as well as several instructors and dietitians from the Culinary Institute.
Burgers were judged on overall flavor, appearance, creativity and adherence to the Menus of Change principals. The Menus of Change principals, developed by CIA, encourage chefs to re-think how they source ingredients and meal preparation for more nutritious, sustainable, responsible and delicious menus.
At the end of the bash, Team “Bob’s Burgers” came out triumphant with their winning “Ooooh! Mami Burger” blended burger (a 50/50 mushroom-beef blend featuring crimini, maitake and shiitake mushrooms blended with ground beef and topped with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, arugula and white truffle oil), as well as their freestyle burger: “Silence of the Lambs” (a mushroom-lamb blended burger with yogurt, lemon zest, garlic and mint). In addition to claiming bragging rights for winning the best blended burgers on campus and a $1,000 cash prize for each burger, the students’ winning blended burger recipes will also be featured in the campus dining grill menu!
2016 Blended Burger Bash Teams and Burgers:
Team #1: The Fungi Fun Guys – Showmanship Winners
Kimberly Camara, Kala Singleton, Aaron Tarpley, Gabi Rodriguez
Blended Burger: Meatloaf on A Bun- meatloaf style burger with vegetable tater tots
Freestyle: Jackfruit of All Trades Banh-Mi- pork burger with cauliflower fried rice
Team #2: International Pit Masters – 3rd Place Freestyle Winners
Judith Lanza, Dan Fehnel, Andrew Fares, Frank Guido, Luis Cordero
Blended Burger: Korean BBQ Burger- Korean style burger with kimchi slaw
Freestyle- Jamaican Jerk Burger with Jalapeno, apple and kale slaw
Team #3: Tomodachi Squad
Blended Burger: Oh Shiitake Wafu Burger- Asian style burger with vegetable fries
Freestyle: Oat-Kare-Sama Burger- Vegan burger with curry and oat
Team #4: Fresh Meat
Blended Burger: Guiness Burger with vegetable skewers
Freestyle: Seoul Burger- Asian style burger with kimchi
Team #5: Burgers of Change – 2nd Place Free Style Winners
Marisa Klomp, Zach Moquin, Cody Fitchett
Blended Burger: Hard Apple Burger- Apple Cider burger with cauliflower side
Freestyle: Lamb burger with goat cheese
Team #6: New Asian Burger – 3rd Place Blended Winners
Sangjun Yoon, Nathaniel Wandell, Bongjung Ko
Blended: Dduck-Galbi Burger- Korean style burger with soy sauce marinade and side salad
Freestyle- Dou-Ban-Jiang Burger- Chinese style burger of lamb and tofu with fermented bean sauce
Team #7: Burger Bleus
Blended: Crime Beef- Burger with bleu cheese and apple, with vegetable fries
Freestyle: Bad Morels- Veal burger with pepper bowls
Team #8: Miso Hangry – People’s Choice and 2nd Place Blended Winners
Benjamin Huss, Alex Ye, Alan Meckdala, Kyle LeBlanc
Blended: Sake Sake- Asian style burger with wonton and pepper salad
Freestyle: Nam Nam- Asian style pork burger with wakame Asian salad
Team #9: Bob’s Burgers (The Belchers) – 1st Place Blended and 1st Place Freestyle Winners
Isabella Fiattarone, Cesar Cazares, Ann Molyn So, Travis Zissu
Blended: Ooh Mami- Burger with bleu cheese and fried enoki garnish
Freestyle: Silence of the Lambs – Lamb burger with yogurt, lemon zest, garlic and mint
Team #10: The Tea Party
Blended: The Damned Yankee- burger with smoked apple chutney, and sriracha aioli
Freestyle: La Frita Cubana- Pork Chorizo burger with sweet sriracha and tropical slaw side
Team #11: The Beefy Boyz
Blended: South of the Border- Veggie and Beef burger with avocado, pepper jack and Jack Daniels reduction
Freestyle: Veal burger with caramelized onions, chipotle garlic aioli and grilled veggie kebabs
More About CIA and The Blend:
The introduction of the Blended Burger Bash is only one of the Culinary Institute’s commitments to The Blend, which was incubated and supported by the Healthy Menus R&D Collaborative – an educational initiative of high-volume culinary leaders developed by the Culinary Institute of America in partnership with The Council. The Culinary Institute believes that The Blend is a perfect example of the innovative and strategic culinary insights that are emerging to address the substantial health and environmental imperatives that face the foodservice industry and consumers in general. The Culinary Institute perceives this groundbreaking development as an opportunity to change the way Americans eat.