Tickets are now on sale for both Hamburger Hop and Late Night Gourmet, both taking place on Friday, September 26. The events are the official kickoff to Chicago Gourmet presented by Bon Appétit, held in Millennium Park September 27 and 28.
Though competitors haven't officially been announced, the Tribune is reporting that Spritz Burger's Gale Gand and the Hearty Boys, III Forks' Billy Caruso, River Roast's Tony Mantuano and John Hogan, along with Mike Clark of Benny's Chop House and Spike Mendelsohn, whose Good Stuff Eatery is planning a Chicago launch in the future, are all in the mix.
Determining who made the best burger are judges Carla Hall from the hit food talk show The Chew, 93.1 WXRT morning host Lin Brehmer, and 2013's People's Choice winner Jeff Mauro. Hamburger Hop will be held on the rooftop of the Harris Theater, while Late Night Gourmet will take place at The Underground.
· All Hamburger Hop Coverage [-ECHI-]
· Chicago Gourmet [Official Site]