Burger Challenge Winners 2018

The Vancouver Foodster 5th Annual Best Burger Challenge was a success featuring creations from restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their burger creation from October 18 – November 11, 2018. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Hanson Do, Andrew Chan and Kenny Tai 

Each media judge will have scored the creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points). The total number of points a burger creation could earn is 120 points.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{103 points}

Hendricks Resto-Lounge

Hendricks Burger

Created by: Chef Chris Savino

Price: $17

Description: Smoked mozzarella, cheddar cheese, onion marmalade, bacon, garlic aioli, arugula, sesame brioche bun

Main protein ingredient: beef

Offered: Lunch and dinner

Hendricks Resto-Lounge

433 Robson Street in The Westin Grand

Tel: 604-647-2521

Web: http://hendricksrestaurant.com/

Twitter: @hendricksyvr

Instagram: @hendricksyvr

Chef Chris Savino (right)

2nd place:

{100 points}

The Fat Cow and Oyster Bar

The Basic B****

Created by: Chef Christopher Roper

Price: $19 (Thursday’s burger and beer combo for $15)

Description: 42 day dry aged Chuck, Ground in house (served to a medium), Smoked Cheddar Cheese, Black Pepper Rosemary Bacon, Faux Big Mac Sauce + House made Ketchup + Yellow Mustard + Butter Lettuce + Tomatoes + Bread and Butter Pickles.

Main protein ingredient: Beef

Offered: Tuesday – Saturday 4pm – 9pm

The Fat Cow and Oyster Bar

20178 96 Ave #4, Langley

Tel: (778) 298-0077

Web: http://thefatcow.ca/

Instagram @thefatcowoysterbar

3rd Place:

{98 points}

Chef’s Playground Eatery

Truffle Mushroom Cheesy Burger  

Created by: Chef Gordon Wu

Price: $14

Description: Organic grass-fed beef patty, Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, Misty Mountain Mushroom, caramelized onion, truffle mushroom aioli, mixed green, tomato, brioche bun, and served with in-house cut kennebec fries

Main protein ingredient: beef

Offered: Lunch and dinner

Chef’s Playground Eatery

12420 No 1 Rd #170, Richmond

Tel: (604) 285-8079

Web: http://chefsplayground.ca/

Instagram @chefsplaygroundsteveston

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Burger creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Hendricks Resto-Lounge

Hendricks Burger

Created by: Chef Chris Savino

Price: $17

Description: Smoked mozzarella, cheddar cheese, onion marmalade, bacon, garlic aioli, arugula, sesame brioche bun

Main protein ingredient: beef

Offered: Lunch and dinner

Hendricks Resto-Lounge

433 Robson Street in The Westin Grand

Tel: 604-647-2521

Web: http://hendricksrestaurant.com/

Twitter: @hendricksyvr

Instagram: @hendricksyvr

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Chef’s Playground Eatery

Truffle Mushroom Cheesy Burger  

Created by: Chef Gordon Wu

Price: $14

Description: Organic grass-fed beef patty, Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, Misty Mountain Mushroom, caramelized onion, truffle mushroom aioli, mixed green, tomato, brioche bun, and served with in-house cut kennebec fries

Main protein ingredient: beef

Offered: Lunch and dinner

Chef’s Playground Eatery

12420 No 1 Rd #170, Richmond

Tel: (604) 285-8079

Web: http://chefsplayground.ca/

Instagram @chefsplaygroundsteveston

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

The Fat Cow and Oyster Bar

The Basic B****

Created by: Chef Christopher Roper

Price: $19 (Thursday’s burger and beer combo for $15)

Description: 42 day dry aged Chuck, Ground in house (served to a medium), Smoked Cheddar Cheese, Black Pepper Rosemary Bacon, Faux Big Mac Sauce + House made Ketchup + Yellow Mustard + Butter Lettuce + Tomatoes + Bread and Butter Pickles.

Main protein ingredient: Beef

Offered: Tuesday – Saturday 4pm – 9pm

The Fat Cow and Oyster Bar

20178 96 Ave #4, Langley

Tel: (778) 298-0077

Web: http://thefatcow.ca/

Instagram @thefatcowoysterbar

Thank you to the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their burgers on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Burger creations! See the entries here.

By: Richard Wolak