Michael Symon Wants to Win the SoBeWFF Burger Bash for a Fourth Time

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Michael Symon and the Burger Bash: For the love of meat.
Last year, celebrity chef Michael Symon shocked the throngs of meat lovers at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Burger Bash by winning the coveted People's Choice award three years in a row.

Symon's "Porky Burger," a pigfest made from pork and bacon, crowned with a hunk of pulled pork, and served with a side of pork cracklins, combined with the chef's megawatt smile, proved a winning combination as thousands of hungry partygoers surrendered their voting token to the television cohost, restaurateur, and all-around genuine nice guy.

This year, Symon's back, and he's aiming to turn his three-peat into a lucky foursome. We spoke with the affable chef to talk burgers, The Chew, and all things meaty.

New Times: Michael, you're back at Burger Bash for a fourth win. And we've gotta ask, why don't you just retire victorious?
Michael Symon: I feel like at this point if I don't do it, then all my friends will give me grief because they won't get a chance to whoop me. Of course, if I win I'll get grief for winning. I'll get grief either way, so I figure I might as well do it one more year.

Each year, your burger's had a theme. What's this year's burger?

We're going to do a burger inspired by French onion soup. It's going to start with red wine and caramelized onions with bacon. Then comes the burger, then aGruyère-and-horseradish fondue. We'll top it with crispy onions.

This is what we always love to do with our burgers at my B Spot restaurants. We take classic burgers and combine them with things people like. My Fat Doug burger is based on a New York pastrami sandwich; then last year, we did a burger based on a pulled-pork sandwich. That was a porkapalooza. This year, we're taking another classic, French onion soup, and we're going to jazz it up a bit. I think it's the tastiest burger we've ever done.

Do you create these specially for the Burger Bash?

Our first year at Burger Bash, we served the first signature burger at B Spot. The others we did were originals, and they went on the B Spot menu after we won.

I don't mean to jinx you, but would you put a burger on the menu even if it didn't win?
Even if it doesn't win, it will still go on the menu because this is the best one so far.

A lot of people want to know your secret to winning Burger Bash. Do you slip people $20 bills in exchange for their token?
We try to give them the best burger, and we're nice to the people in line.


Location Info

Red the Steakhouse

119 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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