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Best Burger and Loaded Fries Winners Announced Today at the Battle of the Burgers

Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:00 AM by Annette Brown

The second annual Battle of the Burgers was held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Pechanga Resort Casino. Ten restaurants located in Temecula Valley competed for the Judge’s Choice & People’s Choice award. The event was a collaborative effort between Visit Temecula Valley, Pechanga Resort Casino, and Temecula Valley Unified School District.

“People love to eat a good burger when they travel, and we want to show Temecula Valley has some great dining options that can compete with the best of them,” says Annette Brown, Director of Public Relations at Visit Temecula Valley.

New to the event, was a “Loaded Fries” competition that included eleven Pechanga Resort Casino executive chefs partnering with third year Career Technical Education (CTE) students at Temecula Valley High School. The students teamed up with the chefs to create their “Loaded Fries” recipes.

The event was a sellout, with many wishing they had pre-purchased their tickets. There were more burgers and fries than one could consume, but everyone tried their best. Restaurants cooked onsite and attendees came up to their booths for samples (some as big as half a burger), while the “Loaded Fries” were the centerpiece of the room with the chefs and students offering a wide variety of fries.

Restaurants that participated in the burger competition were Baily’s Old Town, Burger Lounge, Burgers & Beer, Café Champagne at Thornton Winery, Crush & Brew, Devilicious Eatery, Mad Madeline’s Grill, Matty G’s Steakburgers, Naughty Pig Butchery, and Siggy’s.

Pechanga chefs and student teams showed off their creativity with ingredients like, Hawaiian shrimp, short rib gravy, Sriracha shredded chicken, spiced caramel sauce, pork sisig, mayo wasabi crème sauce, sweet and sour teriyaki, tomato feta oregano puree, bolognaise meat sauce, and buffalo ranch arabesque.

Burger Winners:

Judge’s Choice

First Place – Burger Lounge, The Valley Special/The Dude Ranch

Second Place – Naughty Pig, The Royale with Cheese

Third Place – Crush & Brew, Whiskey Burger

People’s Choice

First Place – Mad Madeline’s Grill, Chili Relleno Burger

Second Place – Burger Lounge, The Valley Special/The Dude Ranch

Third Place – Naughty Pig, The Royale with Cheese

Loaded Fries Winners:

Judge’s Choice

First Place – Chef Garcia at Paisano’s with student Sebastian Ariola

Second Place – Chef Shenk with student Mattie Dominguez

Third Place – Chef Capacia at Journey’s End with student Adam Boggess

People’s Choice

First Place – Chef Shenk with student Mattie Dominguez

Second Place – Chef Marlene Moore at Temptations Food Court with students Miles McKinzie and Griffin Merrick

Third Place (Tie) – Chef Capacia at Journey’s End with student Adam Boggess

Third Place (Tie) – Chef Nuguid (Assistant Executive Chef) with student Adam Boggess

About Visit Temecula Valley
Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and an online resource for visitors at Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes). For visitor information and assistance, call (888) 363-2852 or (951) 491-6085.

Author: Annette Brown

If you see, hear or read about Temecula Valley, chances are it originated from Annette. When not pitching stories, she’s is often traveling around Temecula Valley showing media the amazing people and places that make the destination an unforgettable experience. Nearly 30 years, Annette has been working in public relations and marketing. Annette joined the Visit Temecula team in 2011 and is the Director of Public Relations.