Boca Burger Battle 2019 Contenders

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!

MEET THIS YEAR'S CONTENDERS FROM SOUTH FLORIDA:
BOCA RATON, CORAL SPRINGS, DEERFIELD BEACH,
DELRAY BEACH, FORT LAUDERDALE, LAKE WORTH,
OAKLAND PARK, POMPANO BEACH and SWEETWATER

Funky Buddha Brewery Chef Jeff Vincent

2018 CHAMPION for Judges' 1st Place pick for "Best Grill Master"
About Chef Jeff Vincent - A South Carolina native and graduate of the University of Hard Knocks (still enlisted) -- has at one time worked just about every job there is in a kitchen. Starting as a humble dishwasher in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Jeff has followed his passion across the south, leading him to take on the role of Executive Chef at the esteemed Highland Country Club from 2006-2012. Jeff most recently helmed the kitchen at Beauty and the Feast at the Atlantic Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach, where he earned the restaurant rave reviews for its Southern-inspired cuisine (a style Jeff refers to as “simple, with good ingredients”). Jeff is a natural charmer and loves to shag (the dance, of course). He lives with his two sons in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Funky Buddha Brewery | 1201 NE 38th Street Oakland Park, FL 33334 | 954.440.0046 | Web

Tucker Duke's Lunch Box Tucker Duke Lunchbox Menu

2014, 2015, 2016 1st Place People's Choice pick for "Best Battle Burger" and 2018 CHAMPION for Judges' 2nd Place pick for "Best Grill Master"
Chef Brian Cartenuto is owner and creator of Tucker Duke's Lunchbox, with three locations and a food truck division now open. His philosophy on food is one of refined simplicity. Shop LOCAL first. Use local, seasonal ingredients to create a twist on old classics. He believes food has the power to create and invoke memories and that is precisely what he has set out to do. Brian's culinary resume is rather impressive, ranging from schooling at Johnson & Wales University to a number of Executive Chef positions at restaurants such as Anthony Bourdain's Brasserie and Dean & Deluca in Washington D.C. He is also the only two-time winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, with wins in Season 1 and again in a battle of the Champions in March of this year. Brian continues to use his culinary prowess as he impresses and inspires critics across Florida with his take on burgers and southern comfort food at Tucker Duke's Lunchbox.

Tucker Duke's Lunchbox | 1101 S. Powerline Road #102 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 | 954.708.2035 | 1658 N. Federal Hwy Boca Raton, FL 33432 | Web

MEAT Boca Raton MEAT Eatery and Taproom

2015 / 2016 CHAMPION for Judges' 1st Place pick for "Best Grill Master" and 2017 3rd Place Judges' pick for "Best Grill Master"!
Chef George Patti is Chef/co-owner of M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom and the soon to open UNION 27. He was the Chef and Co-owner of the top rated Upper Florida Keys restaurant, Tasters Grille, from 2009 to 2015. These restaurants have been featured in USA Today Travel 10 Best.com, Travel + Leisure, Tasting Table, Social Florida Guide and Florida Travel and Life. In the past five years he has won local awards for Best Chef (three times in the Keys and once in South Florida’s Burgie Awards), his Yellowtail Entrée and Lobster Mac-n-Cheese, Best Overall Restaurant (Tasters Grille), Soups (twice),Desserts (twice), Burgers (twice) and four years in a row for his Smoked Fish Dip. Chef Patti has been featured in Bon Appétit Magazine for his grilled filet mignon with chocolate port wine sauce and tempura battered bokchoy. In 2003 during his time as Executive Chef and partner at Sweet Sop Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, he received glowing reviews in both the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald newspapers. He has also been featured on the national television show, Finer Living, which showcased him preparing his signature dish, pan-seared scallops with sweet potato rum sauce and roasted scotch bonnet. Chef George was recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives that aired on Friday, April 22nd, 2016. Be sure to catch the re-run of the episode. George Patti’s prior culinary experiences include positions as Chef de Cuisine at Louis’ in Charleston, SC under James Beard Award winning Chef Louis Osteen; Sous Chef at Sfuzzi Italian Restaurant, Executive Chef for Odyssey Cruises and at Ten Penh all in Washington, DC. He is a Johnson & Whales culinary graduate.

M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom | 980 N Federal Hwy Suite 115 Boca Raton | 855.545.1290 | Web

Cheffrey Eats Jeffrey Lemmerman

2018 CHAMPION for Judges' 3rd Place pick for "Best Grill Master"
The Best Burgers in South Florida! We’re a bad-a** South Florida food truck that has it out for your taste buds – every last one of ‘em. Cheffrey Eats is about creative expression – a platform on wheels where we mash flavors from around the world into American delicacies like burgers, fries, and mac ‘n cheese. Chef Jeffrey Lemmerman entered the culinary scene at an early age and swiftly became a head chef at 26. He then opened Cheffrey Eats during Summer 2016 to create freely and to share his gifts of the grill with his famished followers who crown him Best Burgers in South Florida on the daily.

Cheffrey Eats | South Florida Food Truck | 954.647.4145 | Web

TooJay's TooJay's burger

~ A little taste of the Big Apple ~ TooJay’s began with a single location on the Island of Palm Beach in 1981. The brand was born out of the passion for creating the classic recipes and flavors of a New York deli served with lots of love and amazing hospitality. Now, with almost 30 locations, our focus is still the same – serving hearty portions of homemade comfort foods, handcrafted sandwiches and made-from-scratch soups, salads and baked goods. TooJay’s is consistently awarded Best of honors across the state and was ranked 8th in the country for Family Dining by Consumer Reports. TooJay’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and also offers a catering menu packed with crowd-pleasing favorites for any size group.
With three Boca locations and 16 locations throughout Broward and Palm beach County you are never far from what you crave. Visit toojays.com to find one of the 30 locations near you.

TooJay's | Regency Court Plaza 3013 Yamato Road Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.997.2986
Glades Plaza 2240 NW 19th Street Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.392.4181
Polo Shoppes 5030 Champion Blvd Boca Raton, FL 33496 | 561.241.5903
plus 27 additional locations throughout Florida! | Web

Burtons Grill and Bar Boca Raton Burtons Grill and Bar burger

NEW CONTENDER!
Burtons Grill and Bar is located in the new Park Place Shopping Center on Military Trail in Boca. Burtons is fast becoming the lunch and dinner spot for locals. And is also a great place for power lunching and socializing after work. We do offer reservations and take-out is also available. Since 2005 Burtons Grill & Bar has one simple goal in a complex and highly competitive business, “Delight every Guest“ one at a time, everytime! Whether it’s our traditional fare you will come to love or our chef-driven innovative local preparations, we promise you'll be coming back for more. In our legendary scratch kitchen we are also able to customize our menu offerings so we meet your dietary needs or wants. Our business provides guests with an array of high quality food and beverages along with friendly knowledgeable staff so that we keep your loyalty. We appreciate your loyalty and we know we must earn it every time you visit.

Burtons Grill and Bar | 5580 North Military Trail Boca Raton, FL 33496 | 561.465.2036 | Web

Crazy Uncle Mike's Chef Tara Abrams

Hailing from Long Island, New York Chef Tara Abrams has become a respected member of South Florida’s culinary industry. Much like her cooking, Tara started from scratch in the South East and has had the opportunity to train in some of South Florida’s most touted kitchens such as 32 East, Tap 42, Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, OTC Brickell and multiple JEY Hospitality Group restaurants. During her four-year tenure with JEY Hospitality, Chef Tara’s expertise and knowledge were applied towards menu design, execution and more. Chef Tara gained her inspiration from watching her mom cook and grew up loving to create dishes in her family’s home. Tara has always abided by her personal mantra which is “to always use the best quality ingredients and put love into each stir”.

Crazy Uncle Mike's | 6450 N Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33487 | 561.931.2889 | Web

Legends Tavern and Grille Legends Tavern Deerfield Beach

NEW CONTENDER!
Legends Tavern and Grille is a growing family of restaurants true to gastropub fare. Boasting great varieties of local craft beer, handcrafted food, relaxing atmosphere, friendly service all at an affordable price. Father and son duo, Russel and Jess Louis aim to deliver legendary food that pleases palates from all walks of life. Our team has grass roots in the food industry, learning the true art of food in a non-structured setting. Our passion is food, no frills, just the happiness it brings to our consumers. Legends Tavern and Grille has three locations; Deerfield Beach, Lighthouse Point and Sunrise.

Legends Tavern and Grille | 3 locations in south Florida | Web

1391 Military Trail Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 | 754.212.2655
3128 N Federal Highway Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
10079 W Oakland Park Blvd Sunrise, FL 33351 | 954.742.7115


Bru's Room Bru's Room burger

NEW CONTENDER!
Florida Wing Battle 2019's DUAL WINNERS; People's Choice "Best Wings in Florida" and 3rd Place Judge's Pick "Best Grill Master"

Brandon Brudzinski is the Director of Beverage and his favorite menu item is our Char-Grilled Smoked Wings and his favorite Bru’s beverage is our Bru’s Punch. Brandon began his Bru’s Room career in 1995, working as a busser, bar back and cook for his father’s restaurant throughout high school. From 2000-2002 Brandon played for the University of Massachusetts football team. In 2006 he graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida. From 2005-2011 Brandon served in various management roles for Urban Life Management Group, quickly securing a General Manager position at Cityfish Restaurant in 2008. In 2011 he returned to his Bru’s Room family as an acting Bar Manager at several of the brand’s locations. Using his knowledge and experience to strengthen the brand’s beverage operations, Brandon was named our Director of Beverage in 2014. In addition to helping to oversee the day to day operations of the brand, Brandon works diligently to continuously grow and evolve our beverage menu, complementing our great food with great drinks.

Bru's Room Sports Grill | 9 locations in south Florida | Web

Bird Road - 305.220.3995 | Boynton Beach - 561.739.9332 | Coconut Creek - 954.571.6999 | Coral Springs - 954.656.8041 | Deerfield Beach - 954.420.5959 | Delray Beach - 561.276.3663 | Pembroke Pines - 954.239.4550 | Royal Palm Beach - 561.790.2771 | Sunrise Wings N' Things - 954.746.9696


CWS Bar and Kitchen Chef Hector Cordero

NEW CONTENDER Chef Hector Cordero, Executive Chef CWS Bar + Kitchen
Chef Hector was born and raised in Guayama Puerto Rico, where he watched his grandmother perform her magic in the kitchen and soon became obsessed with food and how to create different dishes. As a teenager, Chefs family relocated to South Florida yet he still had the desire to play in the kitchen trying to recreate the dishes his grandmother had perfected.
While attending High School in Palm Beach County, Chef Hector was introduced to a culinary program offered at the South Tech Academy and from there his passion for cooking and creating food went into overdrive.
After completing the program and receiving his degree, Chef Hector continued to cultivate his skillset and techniques by attending the Florida Culinary Institute, where he learned a multitude of cuisine styles and has taken a little bit from each background and created his own style and flair.
Hector has worked in many kitchens throughout South Florida in every capacity from line cook to Sous Chef to Executive.
Chef Hector took the helm of CWS Bar + Kitchen’s culinary operations in December 2018 and has been an integral part of revamping and creating a new dinner menu while also updating their successful Brunch Menu. One of Chef’s creations is a Carnitas Egg Roll which combines Latin American cuisine into an Asian handheld that the kitchen has a hard time keeping up with the demands….not a bad thing, I guess!
Hector maintains a solid working relationship with his team and continues to push them on a daily basis to explore their creativity and bring new dishes to life. Stay tuned for what’s next with CWS Bar + Kitchen as well as Damn Good Hospitality Group.

CWS Bar + Kitchen | 522 Lucrine Ave | Lake Worth, FL | 561.318.5637 | Web


La Perrada del Gordo Gordo Burger

NEW CONTENDER!
La Perrada del Gordo opened in June of 2003 in West Palm Beach, FL, by its owners Elizabeth Novoa and Miguel Martinez, mother and son duo, who wanted the American dream of doing business in this country, the country of opportunities. For over 15 years they have been delivering Colombian flavor and delights to the south Florida, “gourmet fast foods” which fits with the newest gastronomic trend.
Their beginnings started with a simple rented mobile hot dog cart that they move around daily from one place to another on Military Trail, from Gun Club Rd to Forest Hill Blvd, and built relationships with customers by telephone to let them know where they were that day.
In June 2004, they took ownership of a fixed location in Flea Market and then in March, 2007 they opened their famous West Palm Beach location. Then, after huge growth they opened their second location in Boca Raton, FL in March, 2012.
Today, they continue to increase sales and are focusing on opening franchises with new entrepreneurs who want to multiply their opportunities with an accredited brand. We have a great product of the highest quality, a unique and exclusive menu and a system of work which allows a dynamic flow and process to provide an excellent and timely service to our loyal customers.

La Perrada del Gordo Web
23039 State Road 7 Boca Raton, FL 33428 | 561.672.1883
2650 S Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33415 | 561.968.6978


Double Roads Tavern Double Roads Tavern menu

NEW CONTENDER!
Double Roads is a Gastro Pub, Live Music Venue located in Jupiter Florida with a beachy vibe. We have live music seven nights a week and fantastic food. We have broken the mold for Live Music restaurants in terms of combining food with Live Music. We’ve been voted best burger in Palm Beach County five years in a row since we’ve opened in 2014 and our sliders are off the charts good. We look forward to coming to Boca for the Boca Burger Battle and hope you enjoy our food too! Rock on!

Double Roads Tavern Web
251 South Highway 1 Suite 1 Jupiter, FL 33477 | 561.203.7061


251 Tap Room 251 Tap Room

NEW CONTENDER!
251 Tap Room is a new concept from the creators of Mozzarita Bar.

251 Tap Room Web
9704 Clint Moore Rd Suite A-105 Boca Raton, FL 33496 | 561.367.3892


Additional BITES! provided by:

A Flair For Fudge Hilary Saporta

A Flair For Fudge will be serving three different kinds of Fudge!
Armed with twelve unique creations such as Cuban Coffee Toffee, Wasabi and Ginger, Key Lime Pie, Guava and Cream Cheese, White Chocolate Blueberry Pie, Black Bean, and Oreo® Cookie, A Flair For Fudge was launched in April, 2011, offering a distinct spin on this classic treat. Owner, Hilary Saporta , started experimenting with additional ingredients such as black beans. “I drew on my mother-in-law’s Cuban roots for that one.” The results are some of the most original combinations and delicious tasting fudge, anyone will ever experience. Encouraged by the quick progress of her exciting new enterprise, orders started coming in almost immediately from old friends, colleagues and the “South Florida motorcycle community.” In fact, she received her first corporate order from a local property of a national hotel chain after her second week in business. In addition, A Flair For Fudge just landed a monthly gift program deal with a major automotive retailer. “I am so flattered and thankful for all of the wonderful support and incredible response to my product. It fuels my dream and determination to take this company nationally. If you love what you do, you’ll love how you live. I’m certainly doing that and I realize how lucky I am,” Hilary said. A Flair For Fudge ships nationally. Treat yourself to the extraordinary. Treat yourself to Real! Unique! Fudge! Order online at AFlairForFudge.com.

A Flair For Fudge | 754.444.0585 | Web

Photo of Salt 7 accepting the award for 2014
Judge's Pick for "Best Grill Master"

Salt 7 Best Burger 2014

Photo of Tucker Duke's Lunchbox accepting the award for 2014
People's Choice for "Best Boca Burger"

Tucker Duke's Lunchbox Best Burger 2014

Photo of Bite Gastrotruck accepting the award for 2013
Judge's Pick for "Best Grill Master"

Burger Battle Winner Bite Gastrotruck