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Get ready for a burger battle! Tickets are going fast for Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop, returning for its eighth year Friday, September 22 at the Harris Theater rooftop. To celebrate Chicago Gourmet’s 10th anniversary, Hamburger Hop pits previous winners against newcomers duking it out for Chicago’s best burger bragging rights.

Bon Appétit’s Editor-In-Chief Adam Rapoport and Deputy Editor Andrew Knowlton will host the evening with flair while a panel eight judges – including celebrity chefs Curtis Stone, Carla Hall and Jeff Mauro – will blind taste and evaluate the creations of fifteen talented chefs to crown the Judges’ champion. Meanwhile, guests can take part in the action casting votes for their favorites throughout the evening to identify the Peoples’ Choice winner. This year’s rumble features:

New Challengers:

Brian Ahern | Boefhaus

Joe Butera | D4 Irish Pub

Andrés Barrera | City Winery

Nicole Bayani | Presidio

Craig Couper | Michael Jordan’s Steak House

Ignacio Garcia | Monk’s Pub

Matthew Lair | Clever Rabbit

Jessica Nowicki | The Lunatic, The Lover and The Poet

Jordan Parker | The Dawson

Tom Schmitt | Knife Steakhouse

Returning Champs:

Daniel Grynevich | Kuma’s Too

Kevin Hickey | Rockit Ranch Productions

John Hogan and Tony Mantuano | River Roast

Martial Noguier | Bistronomic

Dino Tsaknis | Primehouse

Tickets are on sale now. Hamburger Hop tickets are $125 per person. Both events are open to the public, and are ticketed separately from Chicago Gourmet and the Grand Cru. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.    

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