Four Peaks Burger Battle boasts local top culinary talent

Four Peaks Burger Battle benefits Scottsdale’s League for the Arts. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale League for the Arts brings burgers, fries, milkshakes, craft beers and top talent to this year’s Four Peaks Burger Battle on Friday, March 22 at Scottsdale Waterfront at Southbridge.

The burgers-with-benefits event has a lineup of judges, gourmet french fries by Frites Street, local celebrities and 15 contenders presenting gourmet burgers from quintessential American to creative chef inspirations.

This year’s judges include 101.5 LIVE radio personality Joey Boy Rodriguez, Suzanne Clark from World Food Championships, Write on Rubee founder and food writer Christina Barrueta, professionally trained chef and food influencer Kyndra Kelly of Kyndra’s Kitchen, Elite Associates corporate chef Robert DeSantis and Boys’ Burger Club founder Mike Weinstein.

Four Peaks Burger Battle is Friday, March 22. (Submitted photo)

These celebrity judges and culinary experts will select this year’s Judges’ Choice Best Burger and winner of a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships.

In addition to the judges’ votes, event guests are invited to cast their vote in the People’s Choice competition.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Jaime Cerreta emcees this year. Ms. Cerreta is well known for her passion for Arizona food and culture through her reporting on 3TV and CBS5, according to a press release.

Participating restaurants and chefs include 2018 Burger Battle People’s Choice Award-winner and “Chopped” TV show champion Executive Chef Tommy D’Ambrosio of Aioli Gourmet Burgers, ranked No. 6 burger in the World Food Championship ranking.

Sedona’s Chef Lisa Dahl of Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, last year’s Judges’ Choice Award winner and past People’s Choice Award winner also returns.

Hotel chef participants include Executive Chef Russell LaCasce of ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho and Executive Chef Donald Molinich of Asadero Cocina & Cantina at Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley-Scottsdale.

The full lineup of contenders is:

  • Aioli Gourmet Burgers
  • Asadero Cocina & Cantina
  • BKD’s Backyard Joint
  • BurgerFi
  • Burger Theory
  • Casino Arizona
  • CHAR’D Brisket Dogs + Burgers
  • Culinary Skol
  • Handlebar Diner
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch
  • Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill
  • Pitch Pizzeria
  • Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho

The craft beer experience at Four Peaks Burger Battle features the Arizona debut of the brand new Four Peaks BrewPod. Four Peaks brings the ambiance of their Eighth Street brewery in Tempe to the Burger Battle in portable ambiance. It’s crafted from a repurposed shipping container, the press release stated.

Four Peaks Burger Battle is an all-inclusive event for ages 21+ with burger tastings, fries, milkshakes and beer; live music by The Walkens; lawn games; and more.

VIP tickets are $85 for private lounge seating and bar, and early entrance at 6 p.m. General admission starts at 7 p.m. and costs $65. Scottsdale Waterfront at Southbridge is located 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Parking is available in Nordstrom’s garage at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

For an up-to-date lineup of participants, visit ScottsdaleFest.org/BurgerBattle.

Scottsdale League for the Arts hosts Arizona’s tastiest fundraisers including Four Peaks Burger Battle, The Cocktail Society on April 12, and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, presented by the City of Scottsdale, on April 13 and 14.

For tickets to all upcoming events, visit ScottsdaleFest.org/tickets.

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