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  1. Photograph: Martha Williams
    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Billy Caruso of III Forks served the White Lightening burger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Edward G. Leonard of Chef Burger Bistro served the B50 burger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Scott Walton of Howells & Hood served the Schmaltz Burger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Troy Graves of Red Door served the Cousin Vinny hamburger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Guillermo Tellez of Mercadito Hospitality served The Chimi hamburger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChefs Steve McDonagh & Dan Smith of Spritz Burger served the Forest Mushroom Swiss Burger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Mike Clark of Benny's chop house served The Classic Burger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Joe Farina of Rosebud Restaurants served The R Burger Revised at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef John Gatsos of Tavern on Rush served the Rush Street Classic hamburger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Chris Gawronski of The Dawson served the Reuben Burger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChefs John Hogan & Tony Mantuano of River Roast served the Tête de Tête hamburger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Joshua Marrelli of The Chop Shop served the Burcher Burger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery served the Prez Obama Burger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Ryan Pitts of RL Restaurant served The Polo Burger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.
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    Photograph: Martha WilliamsChef Eric Mansavage of Farmhouse Craft Tavern served the Cheesy Leek Burger at Friday’s Hamburger Hop, the kick-off event to Chicago Gourmet.

Photos: Chicago Gourmet Hamburger Hop 2014

Local and national chefs faced off at Hamburger Hop to see who makes the best burger

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The kickoff event to Bon Appetit's Chicago Gourmet food festival, Hamburger Hop featured local and national chefs facing off to see who can make the best burger. DC’s Spike Mendelsohn, who is opening a Chicago outpost of Good Stuff Eatery later this year, won the judge’s vote for his Prez Obama Burger, with red onion marmalade, gorgonzola and horseradish mayo. The fan vote went to River Roast’s John Hogan and Tony Mantuano for their Tête de Tête burger, with head cheese, onion pickle relish, cheese and crispy pig skin.

While I only tried about two-thirds of the burgers, two standouts were the Polo Burger from RL’s Ryan Pitts, a burger topped with American cheese, bacon, tomato, lettuce and a sauce made with onions, pickles and other ingredients, and Howell’s and Hood’s Scott Walton (last year's winner) made the terrific Schmaltz Burger with chicken skin.

 

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