Derby Burger Challenge contest winner announced - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Derby Burger Challenge contest winner announced

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Zoe Badillo of Valley Station won the 3rd Annual "Derby Burger Challenge" recipe contest sponsored by Kentucky Beef Council and coordinated by the Kentucky Derby Festival, according to a press release.

Badillo's recipe for her Pineapple Wasabi Burger was selected as the overall winner after a cook-off Monday morning. The burger features ground beef, pineapple juice, green onions, tomato paste, chives, and fresh mint all served on a whole wheat bun.

"I never expected to even be a finalist for this competition, nevertheless win it," said Badillo, who is currently a student at Sullivan University and learned about the competition online. "I am excited and plan to go celebrate!"

The Festival received over 100 submissions for the "Derby Burger Challenge" after the competition opened on March 10. A panel of judges determined the overall contest winner based on points accumulated from four factors – taste, appearance, creativity, and ease of preparation. Carolyn Harper finished as runner-up in the contest with her Harpo's Derby Breakfast Burger. Dave Palazzo finished third, and Pat Swartz came in fourth with their Kentucky Blue and Beer and Cool Cow burgers, respectively.

The winning Derby Burger recipe will be featured as the Local Legendary Burger at Hard Rock Café Louisville in May, recognized in Louisville-area and Lexington-area Kroger stores, and samples will be featured at the Kentucky Derby Festival's BeerFest presented by American Founders Bank.

Badillo will receive VIP tickets to Thunder Over Louisville, tickets to Waterfront Jam, and BeerFest at Kroger's Fest-a-Ville, as well as a $100 gift certificate to Kroger, and a grilling package from the Kentucky Beef Council.

From now through April 21, all purchasers of fresh ground beef at any of the Kentuckiana Kroger stores (including Lexington locations) will receive a coupon at checkout (on the bottom of the receipt).  Purchasers will have a chance to win VIP tickets to a Waterfront Jam Concert.

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