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NYWFF: Rachael Ray’s Burger Bash

Bobby's Burger

People’s Champ Bobby Flay’s Winning Burger, Photograph by Thomas Censani

This year’s New York City Wine and Food Festival’s burger battle was a massive face-off featuring over 20 chefs in an old warehouse in Brooklyn, with Bobby Flay’s nacho-style burger taking the people’s choice award. (If you’re inspired, browse our collection of Bobby’s best burger recipes.)


Bobby and Chef Capon Mix It Up, Photograph by Thomas Censani

Last year’s people’s choice award winner, Lure Fish Bar‘s chef Josh Capon, got an earful from Bobby during the battle.

Chef Capon

Chef Capon Shows Off His Burger, Photograph by Thomas Censani

Shake Shack Burger

Winning Burger from Shake Shack, Photograph by Thomas Censani

This year’s judge’s pick was a cheeseburger from Danny Meyer’s NYC-based Shake Shack. Unlike some of the more offbeat burgers some of the chefs created, the winning burger was a classic.

Burger Bash

Warm Night in Brooklyn, Photograph by Thomas Censani

The Tobacco Factory was packed with burger enthusiasts enjoying the feast.'s Spike's Spike, Photograph by Thomas Censani

Also competing was Good Stuff Eatery chef Spike Mendelsohn, with a banh mi-style burger. You can see the former Top Chef contestant on our sister site

Bahn Mi Burger

Spike's Banh Mi Burger, Photograph by Thomas Censani

The Good Stuff Burger had pickled carrot, daikon, cilantro and hot sauce and was accompanied by an espresso milkshake.

Melissa d'Arabian at Burger Bash

Melissa d'Arabian at Burger Bash, Photograph by Thomas Censani

Not every chef at the Bash was manning the grill. Melissa d’Arabian joined the party just to enjoy some