Competitors, Judges Selected for 2016 New York Bull Burger Battle

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Intense competition, live radio entertainment, face painting, balloon twisting, BBQ grill demonstrations, food samples and a giveaway will make the Best in Backyards Bull Burger Battle a huge hit with the whole family.

Judge eating burgers at 2014 New York Bull Burger Battle at Best in Backyards in Mahopac NY

Judge Mike Bennett from 100.7 WHUD takes a break from burger tasting at the 2014 New York Bull Burger Battle at Best in Backyards.

We always look forward to hosting the New York Bull Burger Battle, and that's especially true this year, given the talented pool of applicants we had to choose from

Fourteen competitors from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania will face off at the upcoming 2016 New York Bull Burger Battle, each hoping to win the coveted honor of cooking at this year's World Food Championships.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 18, at the Best in Backyards superstore in Mahopac for the third consecutive year.

Admission is free and families are welcome to come watch the competition unfold while enjoying product demonstrations and food samples from premier Bull BBQ grills, as well as live radio entertainment. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter a giveaway and win a Bel Air Grill cart, valued at $499. There will be lots of entertainment for children, too, who are free to play on the swing sets and trampolines, have their faces painted and get a balloon animal.

"We always look forward to hosting the New York Bull Burger Battle, and that's especially true this year, given the talented pool of applicants we had to choose," said Rolf Zimmermann, vice president of sales for Best in Backyards.

With a highly talented group of contenders whose experience ranges from professional training and chef positions to catering to involvement in the competitive BBQ circuit, it was only fitting that Best in Backyards track down a group of highly qualified judges. They include Chef Michael Schmutzer, president of the Chefs Association of Westchester and Lower Connecticut; John Turiano, an editor at Today Media’s Westchester Magazine with a passion for assignments that involve food; and Kansas City Barbecue Society certified judges Dave Prosser and Ben Ronne. The judges will score each burger on appearance, taste and execution. Previous winners and runners-up have done everything from incorporating lobster to sticking to the traditional Sesame seed bun and lightly seasoned beef.

To view the full list of competitors, visit the Best in Backyards blog.

Additional Details

  • The 2016 New York Bull Burger Battle will take place at Best in Backyards (119 Route 6, Mahopac, NY 10541) on Saturday, June 18. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the winner will be announced at about 3 p.m.
  • The Bull Burger Battle is an official qualifying event for the World Food Championships, where champions can win a portion of $300,000 in prize money. Additional Bull Burger Battles will be held this summer in Chicago, Indianapolis and San Diego.
  • Best in Backyards is the retail division of Eastern Jungle Gym, a leading manufacturer of cedar swing sets for nearly 25 years.

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