The First Santa Fe Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown Winners
Judging from the number of burgers consumed and the satisfied smiles, the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, held in the Santa Fe Railyard today, is destined to be the first of many more to come. After all seven competitors were done and the judges’ points and people’s choices were tallied Santa Fe Mayor David Coss announced the two winners:
Overall Winner: The Original Realburger
People’s Choice: Cowgirl BBQ
Each burger was tasted and awarded points by a panel of six judges:
Cheryl Jamison-James Beard Award winner, well-known cookbook author and one of the country’s foremost authorities on barbecue, grilling, and smoke cooking.
Michael Bauer, long-time food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Cathy Barber, food, travel and lifestyle editor for the Dallas Morning News.
Kate Krader, Restaurant Editor for Food & Wine magazine.
Ellise Pierce, cookbook author and new Santa Fe resident
The burgers were judged on:
· Quality of Ingredients
· Melding of Flavors
· Chile Flavor/Heat
The People’s Choice Award was determined by ballots cast by individuals who bought tickets to taste all seven burgers.
Below are the winning chef bios and burger descriptions:
The Original Realburger
Owner and chef John Chavez has been cooking all over Santa Fe for decades, opening Realburger in 1974. Generations of local families have been devoted to his burgers and New Mexican food, following his restaurants and eating his catered meals.
Burger, cheese, green chile, toasted bun, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle on the side
Chef Patrick Lambert is chef and a partner in the Cowgirl. He worked and studied in kitchens in Switzerland, Utah, California, New Mexico, and Hawaii. He was the chef and a partner in restaurant THAO in Santa Fe. From there he went to the Taos Inn, returning to the Cowgirl where he has been chef since 2001.
Ground burger, melted jack cheese, tomato, New Mexico green chile
The other competitors were:
Terra at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado – Chef Andrew Cooper
Luminaria Restaurant and Patio at Inn & Spa at Loretto – Chef Brett Sparman
Bert’s Burger Bowl – Chef Fernando Olea
Agave Lounge at Eldorado Hotel & Spa – Chef Evan Doughty
Dr. Field Goods – Chef Josh Goodwin
The Contest was sponsored by the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors’ Bureau