SBWFF 2010: Michael's Genuine Burger Wins Judge's Choice at Amstel Light Burger Bash

Chef Michael Schwartz took top honors at the 2010 Amstel Light Burger Bash last night, earning the Allen Brothers Golden Grill Award - the judge's choice for best burger. Twenty-seven patties were battling for this and three other awards inside a smoky tent on the beach outside the Ritz-Carlton.

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Chef Michael Schwartz shows off his trophy
Schwartz prepared his Michael's Genuine Bacon Cheeseburger, served on a brioche bun and topped with house-smoked bacon, white cheddar, heirloom tomato and lettuce. It was definitely one of the best burgers of the night, and it was recognized by a group of judges that included Art Smith, Top Chef contestant Carla Hall, Food & Wine restaurant editor Kate Krader, Divya Gugnani of website Behind the Burner and Esquire's Ryan D'Agostino.

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Michael's Genuine Bacon Cheeseburger

Iron Chef Michael Symon of B Spot and Lola and Lolita in Cleveland took the People's Choice Award with his Fat Doug burger, topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, and coleslaw.

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Chef Symon in the king of burgers throne
That pastrami definitely won us over, and so did the Baconater - a vanilla, apple pie, bacon and bourbon milkshake served on the side.

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The winning burger: The Fat Doug won the people's vote
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's Pork "Kakuni" Burger, won the Best Dressed Award. The burger was topped with glazed pork belly and judging by the long line, it must've been good.

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