Working Their Buns Off: Ten Top Chefs Compete in 1st Ever Brainfood Burger Battle

Ten of the city’s best chefs showed their meat mettle Sunday afternoon at the first ever Brainfood Burger Battle.

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The Iron Gate Team

On Sunday afternoon, Poste Moderne Brasserie’s courtyard hosted the first-ever Brainfood DC Burger Battle. The day featured beverages, pickles, desserts and all the gourmet burgers anyone could handle, made by such local notable chefs as Dennis Marron (Poste), Teddy Folkman (Granville Moore’s), Scott Drewno (The Source), Haidar Karoum (Proof/Estadio/Doi Moi), Victor Albisu (Taco Bamba/Del Campo), Kyle Bailey (Birch & Barley/GBD), Anthony Chittum (Iron Gate), Todd Wiss (Firefly), Marjorie Meek-Bradley (Ripple), and Andrew Dixon (Mad Fox Brewing Co.).

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The Proof/Estadio Team

A new event for Brainfood, a local youth development organization that uses food and cooking to teach teens life skills and healthy living, the Burger Battle benefits the non-profit’s summer urban gardening initiative.

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Scott Drewno holds a detailed explanation of his masterpiece

The ten chefs had no rules whatsoever.  They could use any meat, and any ingredients, to wow the panel of judges and be declared the Brainfood Burger Battle Champion.

“Each entry gets two bites — and only two bites,” explained the judges as they started to fill up halfway through the day… and admitting that they’d been tempted to finish off more than a few of the contenders.

In the end, they chose Scott Drewno’s meat masterpiece (it also won Chef’s Favorite), while Poste’s Dennis Marron took home the equally exciting People’s Choice.

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