Boca Burger Battle 2015 Contenders!



Salt 7 Charles McCann

2014 CHAMPION for Judges's 1st Place pick for
"Best Grill Master"!

Charles McCann (Chuck), is the Executive Chef at SALT 7 in Delray Beach, FL. SALT 7 is a Prime Steakhouse featuring fresh sushi and raw bar items. With over 17 years experience in the Las Vegas and San Diego restaurant scene, and now Delray Beach, this man has created the favorites and staples on SALT 7's menu and new items that are sure to be a hit! Having worked for former President Bill Clinton and being featured on "Hells Kitchen" with Gordon Ramsey, this chef has the experience and reputation to impress anyone!

Salt 7 | 32 SE 2nd Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33483 | 561.274.7258 | Web

Bite Gastrotruck Chef Ron Kerr

2014 CHAMPION for Judges's 2nd Place pick for "Best Grill Master" and 2nd Place for People's Choice pick! 2013 CHAMPION for Judges's 1st Place pick for
"Best Grill Master"!

Chef Ron Kerr developed an affinity for the kitchen at a young age, as he prepared dinner for his family nightly to help his working parents. His first job at a restaurant was by the time he was 13 starting out as a busboy. After attending the Florida Culinary Institute for chef school he has been executive chef at some notable restaurants; Marker 88 in the Keys, Georgie's Alibi in Wilton Manors, Sunset Beach in the Hamptons, all places that expanded an honed Ron's talents in the kitchen. His latest endeavor is the Bite Gastrotruck, with a menu of gourmet burgers, hand-cut fries and addicting milkshakes. This menu makes perfect sense as his burgers won the Riverwalk Burger Battle winner in 2010 and 2011 and grabbed a spot in the top 100 burgers in America.

Bite Gastrotruck | 3964 NE 5th Ave Oakland Park, FL 334 | 305.394.3575 | Web

Tucker Duke's Lunch Box Tucker Duke Lunchbox Menu

2014 1st Place People's Choice for "Best Boca Burger"! Chef Brian Cartenuto is owner and creator of Tucker Duke's Lunchbox, with two 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 | Web

Green Spot Kitchen Green Spot Kitchen Veggie Burger

2014 CHAMPION for Judge's Pick for
"Best Alternative Grill Master"!

To provide a relaxed environment where guests feel good about what they are consuming during their visit and even more so after they leave. We aim to improve the health of all guests with fresh nutritional ingredients that are both tasty and energizing. To energize, heal and serve our guests with real, natural, chef inspired food. We are focused on overcoming the number one preventable cause of death in the county by improving the quality of the foods we consume NOW. We understand that our earth's food is not only fuel but also has the power to heal and fight disease.

Green Spot Kitchen | 1506 Commercial Blvd Oakland Park, FL 33334 | 754.223.5558 | Web

Morton's Steak House Boca Raton Mortons Burger Bites

2013 CHAMPION for People's Choice for "Best Boca Burger"! Joe Renta, Executive Chef – has worked in the restaurant industry for years, having served as for other Morton’s locations. In his position as Executive Chef, Joe oversees the daily operations of the kitchen, the integrity of the preparation of all Morton’s Recipes, made fresh daily from scratch. Morton's actually exists today because of...hamburgers! Years ago, before co-founders Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch really knew one other, they both worked at the Playboy Club in Montreal. The club was changing the menu, and Klaus cooked a hamburger that was sent out for Arnie to try. Arnie burst into the kitchen, demanding to know "Who cooked that hamburger?" When Klaus stepped forward, he wasn't sure if Arnie was going to be pleased or not but was relieved to hear him say that it was the best he'd ever tasted. From that day forward, they called it the "Million-Dollar Hamburger"! Since day one, Morton's has used the same suppliers for our aged prime beef and other meat. They select the best of their inventory for us–and if it doesn't meet Morton's standards, it doesn't get cut for their steaks. Prime Beef at Morton's is aged for 23-28 days and then portion cut by highly experienced Chicago meat cutters. Their meat arrives fresh to your locations ready to partake in the ultimate dining experience!

Morton's Steak House | 5050 Town Center Circle | Boca Raton, FL 33486 | 561.392.7724 | Web

Shake Shack Shake Shack Burger

2013 3rd Place for Judge's pick for "Best Grill Master"! On April 22, 2013, our third Florida Shack opened in Boca Raton’s University Commons shopping center. Boca’s thriving business scene, academic community and world-class resorts make it the perfect spot for our all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more. Located on Glades Road directly across from Florida Atlantic University, this is a true “roadside” Shack with an expansive outdoor patio for alfresco dining.

Shake Shack | 1400 Glades Road | Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.923.0847 | Web

Burger Craze Burger Craze French Apple Angus Beer Burger

The name says it all! Top quality ingredients come together to create unique taste sensations. Enjoy juicy burgers topped with fresh ingredients to satisfy any craving! All Burgers are made with certified Angus Beef but can also be substituted with a tasty Chicken Breast, Veggie Chipotle Black Bean, Salmon or Turkey Burger! Burger Craze will also have a selection of flavorful wings, fresh gourmet salads and savory hotdogs that will tantalize your taste buds! You’ll crave the craze!

Burger Craze | 2096 NE 2nd St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 | 954.596.5949 | Web

McCoys Oceanfront Daniel Gerety

While preparing meals alongside his mother in the kitchen, Executive Chef Daniel J. Gerety grew up dreaming of culinary school and becoming a respected chef. Later in life, his aspirations came to life when attending the Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute in Annapolis, MD where he received a degree in culinary arts with a concentration in hospitality. During his time, Gerety worked at Annapolis Seafood Market as a prep and line cook, where he learned a range of pivotal skills from properly cleaning fish to various forms of preparation, and from filleting a 15-pound striped bass to a 200-pound swordfish. Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay was also an invaluable resource, which provided him with an inherent understanding of the true meaning of fresh local seafood. In 2004, Gerety was ready for a fresh start and accepted an opportunity as Sous Chef at Magellan’s Oceanfront Restaurant in Jacksonville, FL where he not only took on a new leadership role, but also acquired new skills such as menu development, scheduling, and budgeting. He later honed his expertise at Jacksonville Golf and Country Club in the position of Sous Chef, catering to high-end patrons. In 2010, Gerety returned to Annapolis where he took the helm as lead cook at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Shortly after displaying his impressive leadership skills and his talents behind the fire, he was recognized and promoted to kitchen manager. Relocating to South Florida and working as a Sous Chef at Delray Beach’s The Office Gastropub, Gerety was introduced to modern cooking techniques, which broadened his skill set in the kitchen. His responsibilities also included maintaining food costs, controlling labor and scheduling and expediting menu items. With an impressive scope of experience and passion for the culinary arts, Gerety now holds the position of Executive Chef with the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa. His responsibilities include overseeing all of property’s culinary outlets including McCoy’s Oceanfront to providing the highest level of service and premium food quality.

McCoy's Restaurant | 1200 North Ocean Blvd Pompano Beach, FL 33062 | 954.782.0100 | Web

MEAT Boca Raton MEAT Eatery and Taproom

Chef George Patti is Chef/co-owner of M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom and the newly opened S.A.L.T. Fusion Cuisine. He was the Chef and Co-owner of the top rated Upper Florida Keys restaurant, Tasters Grille, from 2009 to 2013. These restaurants have been featured in USA Today Travel 10, 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. 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

Super Daves On The Go Super Daves Food Truck

2012 People's Choice 2nd Place pick for "Best Boca Burger"! Meet David Harmon the Executive Chef-Owner of Super Dave’s On The Go Food Truck. Chef David has over 16 years of cooking experience in the culinary, restaurant, and hospitality industry. His passion for cooking began as a child while watching his mom in her kitchen. At the age of five, he was prepping and assisting her with dinner every night. He has worked at various restaurants including; Ernie’s Restaurant, 5th Avenue Grill, Macaroni Grill, Carrabba’s, and Ribs and Things. Super Dave is famous for his Juicy and Tender Marinated Hickory Smoked Ribs, Cracked Conch, Chicken Wings with “Super” Sauce, Finger-Licking Pulled Pork and Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Jumbo Buffalo Shrimp, and his Tender Sliced Smoked Beef Brisket. He also offers Louisiana Style Fried Catfish, Fried Tilapia, and his "Super Burgers" and "Turkey Burgers". His Scrumptious Sides include: homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Fresh Georgia Collard Greens, Baked Beans, Potato Salad and much more!

Super Dave's On The Go | 561.805.0264 | Web

109 Burger Joint 109 Burger Joint Sweetwater FL

Luis Blanco is the Executive chef and entrepreneur behind 109 Burger Joint a company founded to culinary innovation, customer service and community involvement. For 20 years, he has been in the Miami food business. Following in the footsteps of the best culinary schools, Luis Blanco brings his fine arts training, in food, to lead 109 Burger Joint team. Our success is derived from balancing tradition and innovation. Tradition grounds us and ties us to our past and innovation carries the present into the future. Our food is a combination of the familiar and the new. Our philosophy embraces the past and anticipates the future always seeking new ideas that will satisfy the client, while remembering our culinary roots and the classic techniques underlying all great cooking. 109 Burger Joint... Doing what comes naturally.

109 Burger Joint | 646 SW 109th Ave Sweetwater, FL 33174 | 305.228.0109 | Web

Poutine Dog Cafe Poutine Dog Cafe Lake Worth

Allow yourself to drift back in time when you had the most Delicious Food and Good Old Fashioned Mouth Watering Burgers. Poutine Dog Cafe is an Adorable 1950’s Retro Diner where a person can enjoy all the Home-Cooked Goodness once again. We specialize in the classic comfort food dish, Poutine, but we are also known for our Fresh Handcrafted Burgers. Poutine Dog Cafe is one of the first restaurants of its kind to bring this authentic Quebec classic dish to Florida. Poutine is simply the combination of perfectly seasoned fresh cut fries, mouth watering gravy, and cheese curds. Freshly made fries cooked until perfectly crispy, squeaky fresh white cheddar cheese curds, and well-seasoned made-from-scratch gravy can come together beautifully, no matter how odd the combination may sound to the uninitiated. The hot fries and steaming gravy gently melt the cheese a bit; at first the three elements are eaten alongside one another but as you get further into the dish they meld more and more, changing each others' textures and flavors along the way. The three flavors combine to produce what could only be described as the best comfort food taste sensation on earth. Poutine Dog Cafe is a Unique Dining Experience, and our Burgers are far from ordinary. We create our Burgers with the same philosophy and passion as the Restaurant itself.

Poutine Dog Cafe | 17 S J Street Lake Worth, FL 33460 | 561.766.2288 | Web

Zinburger Boca Raton Zinburger Town Center Mall

Chef David grew up in Providence, RI, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design Culinary school and has worked throughout the U.S and Europe. Chef Maini’s experience includes working on cruise ships, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Morton’s, Del Frisco’s, Brio Tuscan Grille, Typhoon Restaurants in London, UK and he has owned his own restaurants in Las Vegas and Atlanta. Chef David is the Corporate Executive Chef for Zinburger and he has opened all of their locations from NY to FL. He lives in Milford, CT with his wife and 2 dogs. Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar is an upscale burger restaurant offering gourmet burgers combined with perfectly paired wine selections. Since opening the East Coast’s first Zinburger in Clifton, N.J. more than four years ago to much fanfare, stellar reviews and packed crowds, Zinburger has developed an almost fanatical customer following who enjoy made-to-order gourmet burgers, hand-dipped shakes and floats, decadent pies and 23 wine varieties. All the gourmet burgers at Zinburger are scratch-made and cooked to order on a griddle in their own juices. The Certified Angus Beef and American-style Kobe Beef are ground fresh at least twice a day. In addition to gourmet burgers, Zinburger also offers a Turkey Burger, Turkey Sloppy Joe, Ahi Burger, Veggie Burger, two chicken sandwiches and five hearty salads. A dessert menu features old fashioned, hand-dipped shakes, floats and malts as well as banana cream and chocolate cream pies.

Zinburger | Town Center at Boca Raton 6000 Glades Road, Suite 1008C, Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.393.3252 | Web

The New Vegan Vegan Burger

The New Vegan is located in Downtown Delray, family owned and operated cafe. At The New Vegan, you will see a varitey of vegan meals with the mixture of raw, dehydrated and cooked. Organic, Gluten free Breakfast, delcious desserts and entree's that will have you lick you fingers clean. This unique cafe is not only Vegan, but also has No GMO, No Soy, No Wheat, and No Gluten, everything freshly made to your taste. Executive Cheft Rahein Jones has crearted a Signature Sprouted and Dehydrated mouth watering burger mix that you can make right from home. Their motto is, you don't have to be Vegan to enjoy Vegan.

The New Vegan | 528 NE 2nd Street Delray Beach, FL 33483 | 561.404.5301 | Web

Aladdin's Eatery Aladdin's Eatery Boca Raton

Aladdin's Eatery alternative Mediterranean burger roll is a hit in Boca Raton. Our Chef Dale Saad, has been with the company 14 years + and is in the midst of helping in opening up many more restaurants for us. Dale was born in Batroun and is able to speak three fluent languages such as English, Arabic and French. He also has a grown passion for cooking and managing establishments in especially back of the house establishments. He has been quite the asset in making this business grow. About Aladdin's Eatery - Vegetarian’s Delight: There are many reasons why people choose to stop eating meat and animal products, but wanting bland or tasteless food is not one of them. In fact, limiting your diet to vegetables, fruits and nuts can have a very positive effect on your health if you eat the right combination. Healthy eating begins with getting a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet. The national food-guide pyramid suggests 3-5 servings of vegetables and fruits per day. Aladdin’s Eatery is proud to be a forerunner in the choice of meatless varieties presented on any menu; our families promoted good eating habits through traditional recipes, and now we bring them to you.

Aladdin's Eatery | 21200 St. Andrews Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33433 | 561.419.9466 | Web

Brio Tuscan Grille Brio Tuscan Grille Boca Raton

BRIO offers a lunch, dinner and Kid's menu daily along with a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. BRIO features a delicious signature burger. The food at BRIO is simply prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients, with an emphasis on high-quality steaks, housemade pasta specialties and flatbreads prepared in an authentic Italian oven. We serve our generous portions of meats, pastas and roasted fish on large oval, hand-painted Italian plates. BRIO also caters to large groups. Our Tuscan Feast Menu, with large pans of pasta, house specialties and bread is great for all your home and office celebrations or meetings.

BRIO Tuscan Grille | 5050 Town Center Cir, Boca Raton, FL 33486 | 561.392.3777 | Web

Legends Tavern and Grille Legends Tavern and Grille Deerfield Beach

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 two locations; Sunrise and their new location in Deerfield Beach.

Legends Tavern and Grille | 1391 Military Trail Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 | 754.212.2655 | Web

Cabo Flats Cabo Flats Delray Beach

Cabo Flats is dedicated to serving our guests the finest Mexican food and drinks from the freshest local ingredients at a reasonable price! We strive for the highest standards of excellence in the industry by delivering prompt, professional and friendly customer service. Cabo Flats wants you to enjoy every experience in a fun, casual and comfortable atmosphere.

Cabo Flats | 14851 Lyons Road, Suite 122 Delray Beach, FL | 561.499.0378 | Web

Dawgs and Wiches Dawgs and Witches food truck

It all started at a small town county fair in the late 1980's. As a youngster Chef John Kerr was forced to slave at the Kiwanis Pancake booth with his dad spending hours helping the volunteer cooks prepare eggs and fresh pancake batter. Johnny didn't exactly enjoy working the stand whilst his friends were playing the dime toss and attending country concerts, none the less he was there every years.
During his teenage years Kerr worked at a local amusement park for one summer, probably doing community service. During that summer, there was one particular job he has never forgotten...hand-cutting boardwalk fries. After that summer Kerr swore he'd never work in a restaurant especially one that had hand-cut fries. During his high school years Kerr explored several career paths including criminal, lifeguard, automotive repair and fishing bait delivery driver, but it wasn't until his second stint with college, which he never graduated, that he rediscovered the restaurant business. While attending DeVry Technical Institute in Columbus Ohio John worked as a concession stand employee at a roller skating rink until being promoted to manager. After a year he was promoted again to General Manager and transferred to Indianapolis Indiana. A couple of years into being part owner of two rinks Kerr decided to take the leap into bartending. After attending Mid-West Bartending Academy he was hired by a Mexican quick service restaurant inside the Indy airport. Kerr again was quickly promoted to management and sent to Los Angeles for several weeks of training. It was during this time in L.A. that he fell in love with cooking, using only fresh ingredients that were hand cut and prepared daily, not using processed foods or canned goods. After returning to Indy, Kerr gained experience and learned from several chefs in different restaurant concepts from pub grub to fine dining steak houses honing his culinary skills until attending Baltimore International College in Maryland. Upon graduation JK again worked a gauntlet of restaurant gigs from country clubs to Irish pubs in Maryland, DC and Philly until ending up in sunny south Florida.
JK has a passion to make people happy through food. He cooks for a living, his friends and family and never tires of turning out meal after meal while trying new recipes on unsuspecting prey. Prior to the birth of his beautiful daughter JK was dead set on opening a brick and mortar restaurant here in Florida. But after careful consideration Dawgs & Wiches Inc. Hand-Crafted Mobile Eats has arrived.

Dawgs and Wiches - Food Truck | South Florida | 954.379.8944 | Web

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La Paella La Paella The Fresh Spanish Experience

LA PAELLA is a modern reinterpretation of traditional Spanish dining. It invites guests to explore a true taste of Spain - made-to-order paella, sandwiches, tapas, drinks and desserts - in a fun, casual environment. Just as the food and drink at LA PAELLA celebrate authentic Spanish recipes and culinary techniques, so does the atmosphere. The restaurant embodies the flavors and textures of Spain creating an experience that is warm and deeply personal. The feeling is one of ease, energy and conviviality. Through the utilization of a vibrant color palate and crisp, contemporary design, LA PAELLA celebrates tradition and authenticity by bringing it squarely into the 21st century. Like its namesake's dish PA PAELLA is savory, smoky, fresh and full of zest. The restaurant brings together Spanish traditions and transforms it into something that is greater than the fun of its parts. LA PAELLA is tradition rediscovered. Guests and staff alike rediscover the familiar, seeing every day in a new way. Team members are engaged, excited and proud of the quality of food and exceptional service experience they provide. Guests share in celebrations with family and friends - one and new - ultimately creating new traditions. By simultaneously embodying centuries old traditions while boldly embracing the future, LA PAELLA is, quite simply - The Fresh Spanish Experience.

La Paella | 561.557.7314 |

GFS French Fries

GFS will be serving Coleslaw!
Gordon Food Service is North America's largest family-owned broadline foodservice distributor. Our purpose is to serve our customers with the highest-quality foodservice products and services. We achieve this purpose through innovative systems and the spirit and integrity of our people.

GFS - Gordon Food Service | 3260 N. Federal Hwy Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 | 954.783.5200 | Web

Galeto Pertini Galeto Pertini Chef

Gelato Petrini will serving Gelato varieties!
We, at Gelato Petrini, are firmly dedicated to the highest standards of quality and consistency. Our focus on sourcing top quality and natural ingredients allows Gelato Petrini to produce awarding gelati and sorbetti. Our ability to cater to a wide range of dietary restrictions makes Gelato Petrini unique and our capacity and focus on offering high levels of customization makes Gelato Petrini the perfect partner for discerning clients.

Gelato Petrini | 1205 SW 4th Ave | Delray Beach, FL 33444 | 561.600.4088 | Web

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

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