Monday, May 30, 2011

Burger Wars - The Result Video

As a self-proclaimed "BURGER GIRL", I was already very excited when I got invited to Burger WarsSalut Wine + Food Festival's wrap-up party (Salut Wine + Food Festival took place during May 7-14 where they offered a week of unique and exciting food + wine events). And since I've been thinking of adding vlogs / videos to my blog for awhile now, I thought  Burger Wars would be the perfect event to start. Soooooo imagine how thrilled I was when I was asked by Don House, Co-Chair and Festival Executive Director of Salut Wine + Food Festival, whether or not I would be interested in being a judge at Burger Wars. Being cool and collected, I replied "Sure, no problem" but honestly, I wanted to jump up and down like a 10-year old girl =P

Without further adieu, here's the video. I hope you guys will like it!

Like? Dislike? =P Anyhow it was fun doing the video but I found it difficult and awkward talking into the camera by myself in public (I finally know how Nicki from View the Vibe feels lol).

So now that you've seen the video, I'm gonna give a quick overview for each burger. Before I begin, here are the chefs from each restaurant:

m:brgr - Chef Adam Rutherford
Origin - Chef Steve Gonzalez
Marben - Chef Carl Heinrich

Starting with the Classics.

m:brgr - The burger tasted like a gourmet version of a Big Mac. It was tasty but a bit too much mayo.
Origin - Not too visually exciting. The whole burger was way too salty for me (the bun also had salt on it). The smallest burger out of the three.
Marben - Braised beef stuffed inside the burger made it so juicy and tender. It looks like a simple burger but definitely the most delicious.

Now onto the Freestyle burgers.


This was one hell of a burger! Burger on top of mac & cheese, then pulled pork on top of the burger, all drizzled with BBQ sauce. Definitely over-the-top but very original. As you can imagine, it was difficult to eat as it was so thick and huge. The mac & cheese would've been better as a side as everything together was way too heavy.


This burger was the exact size as their Classic burger so it was once again the smallest out of the group. Although the top bun was not salted this time the burger was still a bit too salty. I could not taste the truffle butter that was supposedly on the burger either. Again, the burger looks too plain, especially for the Freestyle category.


I really like the presentation, so cute. I love arugula and goat cheese so extra points for that. Marben's burger was once again my favourite out of the three.

Best Classic Burger (Judges' Pick) - m:brgr
Best Freestyle Burger (Judges' Pick) - Marben
Consumer's Choice - Origin

I enjoyed Burger Wars tremendously and had so much fun...I met lots of great people too! Speaking of which, I couldn't leave the place without taking a picture with the host of  Burger WarsKevin Brauch (also host of TV shows such as The Thirsty Traveller, MegaWorld, Superstar Chef Challenge, and floor reporter for Iron Chef America) =D

It is extremely sad to know that m:brgr has closed its Toronto location a week after Burger Wars =( So shocked! I guess the only way to taste their burgers now is to do a road trip to Montreal.

Note: for those of you who bought a Fabfind voucher for m:brgr, just email Fabfind right away - they were really quick and efficient in refunding my money.


SocialTable17 said...

Great job! So yummy, we hope we see you at Marbens Sausage League where our very own Chef John will be representing : ) you always entertain and amaze us Stella! 

All the best, 
Table 17

Kathy Khamis said...

Congrats on your first vlog Stella! Very well done and entertaining (and as always, you made me way too hungry)!

Maria Aguilar said...

Love this, Stella! Great job on your first vlog - I know it can be so overwhemling (at least I think so!) Looking forward to your other yummy vlogs! <3

Astchau said...

congrats on the first video! it looks soo good!!! keep it up!! makes me want to eat all those burgers now!

kikisbff said...

Great job... I said that I don't really like vlog before but I ♥ yours =D
♥♥♥♥♥♥ it

foodieyu said...

Thanks kiki :) I guess this one is more event coverage than vlog since i wasn't talking much lol so other vlogs may not be as exciting haha!

foodieyu said...

Thanks Maria! I hope I can keep it up lol blogging itself is already a lot of work :S But we'll see!

foodieyu said...

Thanks Kathy! Glad I'm *still* having that effect on people hehe

foodieyu said...

I will definitely try to make it out for Sausage League ^_^ Thank you!

Brian Pho said...

What the? M:Burger closed its Toronto operation...... I saw them advertising on  Groupon..... or something similar - Surprised that they shut down shop!

Still want that Kobe Beef Burger @ Nota Bene..... Is that any different or are we talking in a different league then what was presented here.. :)

Good job once again!

Joanne said...

Stella, You are a natural! The camera loves you :) Seriously this is an awesome post. As much as I am NOT a burger girl, you did a marvelous job on this write-up! Oh and one more thing...what is the brand & colour of your lipgloss - it's so purty LOL!

foodieyu said...

Yeah I bought a Fabfind voucher for m:brgr and didn't even get a chance to use it :( Thank goodness my money was refunded!

Different league because the Nota Bene one is more of a "gourmet burger" for that is way more expensive and I coulnd't even eat with my hands (too thick and high).

Thanks Brian! ^_^

foodieyu said...

Awww thank you! Your comment made me smile :) The lipstick is from Lancome and the lipgloss is from Body Shop ^_^

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