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.
First Place – Burger Lounge, The Valley Special/The Dude Ranch
Second Place – Naughty Pig, The Royale with Cheese
Third Place – Crush & Brew, Whiskey Burger
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:
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
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 VisitTemeculaValley.com. 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.