Last night at the 7th annual Burger Bash presented by Amstel Light and hosted by Rachael Ray at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Bobby Flay won big. Without further ado, here are all the winners of Burger Bash's illustrious awards: well, ok, a little ado and some observations: 1. Rachael Ray notes this was the biggest crowd they've ever had. Indeed it seemed like an overwhelming amount of hungry burger gobblers clamoring about an enormous tent turned barely big enough to fit all the commotion.
2. When Guy Fieri, Michael Symon, and Bobby Flay are at Burger Bash, hoards of people huddle together in a successful attempt to barricade the way to the rest of the tents. This because people really, really love burgers. (Girls your boyfriends could have left you for a burger last night. "Whew", if you made it – it was a close call.) But maybe even more so, burger enthusiasts love a photo op where Guy Fieri sticks his tongue out in the most charming manner, Michael Symon flashes his winning smile, and Bobby Flay? is well, Bobby Flay).
3. People can eat a burger with one hand, hold one in their other hand, clench a beer between their knees and still bop around to the music. It is officially proven: eating burgers increases one's ability to get down with the boogie.
And now, finally, the winner is?
Wait, did anyone mention that the place was crowded? Like, shoulder to shoulder, get to slide against everyone you pass as they shamelessly devour their 15th burger with glazed eyes and faces of sheer happiness, teeming-with-people crowded? It was.
Still, somehow, everyone made it to the front of the tent in time for awards, bringing with them what must have been their practiced Home Alone screams. Which were especially spot-on when it was announced that the winner of the People's Choice Award went to: Bobby Flay! Guy Fieri came in close at third place and Michael Symon (after winning three years in a row) came in second.
As for the prestigious Judges Choice, first time competitor Jeff Mauro of "The Sandwich King" took home first prize - who interestingly enough is said to be "redefining burgers one sandwich at a time". And second place went to Josh Capon of Burger and Barrel in New York, who had only half of his ingredients at his disposal after coming to the competition and finding the other half missing and still wowed the judges.
The competition was tight, the burgers were amazing, and in the words of Rachael Ray, "See you next year everybody!".