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Crown Heights burger maestro Kyle Huebbe wowed The Brooklyn Paper with his horseradish-topped sliders, but his ground beef concoction couldn’t beat meaty offerings from some of the nation’s best chefs at the Burger Bash in DUMBO on Friday.
The former short order cook earned a spot in the Food Network and the New York City Wine and Food Festival event when his straight-forward burger — a perfect combination boasting an 80-percent ground beef, 20-percent fat patty topped with cheddar, a special horseradish sauce, and a garden tomato atop a doughy Portuguese bun — came out on top in The Paper’s first ever burger making contest.
But in the competition at the Tobacco Warehouse, he faced a tough fight from renowned chefs including Josh Capon of Lure, who took the people’s choice award with a plain burger slathered with American cheese; and Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef fame, who won the grand prize with his bacon bleu cheese burger.
“I don’t have staff to help me, I don’t have a restaurant kitchen,” said Huebbe.
Though Huebbe was an unknown next to some of the famed chefs at the Burger Bash, many attendees considered his “P-Town Throwdown Burger” a favorite.
“This is the best burger I’ve had,” said Melissa Snyder, a burger aficionado who traveled to DUMBO from Ohio for the ground beef melee. “I’ve had Bobby Flay, Spike Mendelsohn, and Shake Shack — and this is the best.”
Huebbe also earned kudos from food celebs Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart, who both “loved” his burger.
That’s not entirely surprising, considering that legendary former Brooklyn Paper reporter Mike McLaughlin once celebrated the patty for its simplicity and succulence.
“I inhaled it like the perfume of a beautiful woman walking through an art opening,” he said during the summer.
Though he didn’t win the Burger Bash, Huebbe said that for one evening, he was a cheeseburger in paradise.
“I’m not disappointed,” said Huebbe, who next wants to host a much-needed buffalo wing contest. “This was the best night of my life.”
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