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Chicago Gourmet has announced the chefs competing at the 10th annual Hamburger Hop. The event kicks off the festival weekend on Friday, Sept. 27 from 6-9 p.m. at the Harris Theater Rooftop.

Hamburger Hop presents a filled with burgers, cold brews, Russell’s Reserve Bourbon cocktails, Josh Wines, fine spirits, music and more. To complement this year’s food and entertainment theme – Lights, Camera, Napkin! – organizers have also partnered with the Chicago International Film Festival to play movie trailers showcasing burgers on the big screen throughout the evening, while chefs go toque-to-toque for champion status and lifetime bragging rights.

Hosted by Bon Appétit Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport, Food Director Carla Lalli Music and Epicurious Editor David Tamarkin, a panel of celebrity judges will blindly taste each of the chefs’ creations to choose the Buckhead Meat of Chicago winner. Attendees also take part as they use their Blue Moon bottle caps to cast their votes for the People’s Choice winner.

2019 contenders include:

Emily Bloom | Half Sour

Ryan Burns | Monnie Burke’s

Kevin Cuddihee | Porter Kitchen & Deck

Amanda Downing Salas | Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville

Gabriel Freeman | Scofflaw

Greg Gaardbo | Chicago Culinary Kitchen

John Gatsos | Tavern on Rush

James Klewin | Burger Federation

John McLean & Martin Murch | Burger Bar

Michael McKinnell | Mordecai

Lamar Moore | The Swill Inn / Chit Chat Lounge

Matt Smith | Mastro’s Steakhouse

Zach Walrath | The Florentine

Katie Wasielewski | Pub Royale


Afterwards, Late Night Gourmet, presented by Chicago magazine, brings down the house at Dance Studio VOL. 1 from 9 p.m. to midnight. This event caps off the evening with music from Chicago DJs, late night bites, toasts from Le Chemin du Roi Champagne and revelry with Chicago Gourmet chefs, sommeliers and others.

Tickets are on sale now. Hamburger Hop tickets are $125 and Late Night Gourmet tickets are $50 per person. Tickets to both events can be purchased together for $160. Both events are open to the public and are ticketed separately from Chicago Gourmet and the Grand Cru.


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