Rocklin, Calif.- Sacramento’s newest chef challenge, the Sacramento Burger Battle (SBB), crowned its first champion on Sept. 18, David Hill of The Chef’s Table in Rocklin, Calif.
Regulars at The Chef’s Table encouraged Hill to compete as his burgers are one of the signature items on his simple yet crave-worthy menu that is updated daily at the popular neighborhood eatery. Not only will Hill and his team now have bragging rights as the SBB 2012 champions, they’ll be able to display the championship belt proudly in the restaurant.
Additionally as the SBB champion, Hill qualified for a bid to compete in the World Food Championships hosted by TV host Adam Richman (Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food Nation and Best Sandwich in America) in Las Vegas Nov. 1-4 where he will compete against other burger battle winners from across the country in the World Burger Championship.
Hill grilled up his signature burger, now lovingly called the “Championship Burger” featuring his signature yellow mustard aioli, butter lettuce, local heirloom tomatoes, and a slow-roasted onion confit. Hill featured a burger patty of Five Dot Ranch beef topped with smoked brisket on top placed on a fresh-baked pretzel roll. Hill’s winning burger was selected by a panel of five guest judges. Judges graded each burger anonymously using a scale from one to five in five categories: presentation, creativity, juiciness, bun, and taste/finish. Hill plans to feature his winning burger on the menu for the next two weeks.
“It feels good to win against tough competition including some great friends in the industry,” explained David Hill, owner of The Chef’s Table. “We’ve been working hard to help South Placer’s culinary scene gain recognition and respect in the greater Sacramento chef community and this was a huge feather in our cap.”
Taking the “belt” at the Sacramento Burger Battle is not just an honor among the Sacramento culinary community, the win secured a bid for Hill to compete in one of the highest profile food competitions in the country, the World Food Championships’ “Burger Division” in Las Vegas this November. A win there could mean a prize of up to $10,000 in the Burger Battle alone. Should Hill take the crown at this burger battle and move onto the “Final Table” to compete among the finalists in all seven categories at the competition, he could win up to an additional $50,000 should be he crowned “World Food Champion”.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to represent the greater Sacramento area’s burgeoning culinary scene at such a high profile competition like the World Food Championships,” said Hill. “I look forward to meeting Adam Richman as he has done a great job of spotlighting the deep talent across the U.S. in the casual dining food segment of the industry.”