Culinary Fight Club Hosts Blended Burger Challenge in 9 Cities

Culinary Fight Club Hosts Blended Burger Challenge in 9 Cities

Popular Food Sport Event Hosts Partners with Mushroom Council for National Hamburger Month

Culinary Fight Club Hosts Blended Burger Challenge in 9 CitiesCulinary Fight Club, a partner in the production of Stove Tots, a new FYI network cooking television series slated to premiere in 2017, hosts its 2017 Blended Burger Challenge in nine cities. The popular food sport event series partners with the Mushroom Council for its Blended Burger Challenge.

The Blend is an emerging culinary trend that features the blending of at finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat for meals that are more delicious, nutritious and sustainable. Each blend must include at least 25 percent finely chopped mushrooms with meat. Participating restaurants and chefs will sell the burger they create for Culinary Fight Club in their restaurants beginning Memorial Day (May 29) and continuing through July 31.

“We’re honored to partner with the Mushroom Council as part of the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project to create the Blended Burger Challenge,” says Culinary Fight Club founder, Jiwon McCartney. “We’re excited to see how competing chefs create a blended burger in under 60 minutes.”

Professional chefs and home cooks can compete at any of the nine competitions for a chance to win a golden ticket to compete at the World Food Championships. Competitors will use Bull Outdoor Grills to create their best blended burger.

The Blended Burger Battle Schedule:

  • Atlanta, Ga. (May 4)
  • Montgomery, Ala. (May 8)
  • New Orleans, La. (May 10)
  • Indianapolis, Ind. (May 15)
  • Johnson City, Tenn. (May 16)
  • Charlotte, N.C. (May 22)
  • Virginia Beach, Va. (May 24)
  • Los Angeles, Calif. (May 25)
  • Chicago, Ill. (May 29)

Culinary Fight Club competitions take place in Chicago, Omaha, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Boston, Knoxville, Johnson City, Pittsburgh, Virginia Beach, Charlotte, Twin Cities, Kansas City, Montgomery, Charlotte, Charleston, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Los Angeles! The pantry sponsored by Reinhart Foodservice and the Mushroom Council provides fresh ingredients that allow the competitors the opportunity to battle for the best dish.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Culinary Fight Club for the second year in a row,” says Mushroom Council Culinary Strategist, Steve Solomon. “The competition is fierce and chefs will be challenged to create the best blended burger using mushrooms along with their meat of choice.”

Tickets for the event range from $30-$40 and are available to purchase on Eventbrite.

Guests that attend the event will receive sponsored beverages from Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin and select partners in each market. Each ticket helps fund Fight2Feed, a non-profit that aims to feed the hungry.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Culinary Fight Club is a National Food Sport Organization who produces live cooking competitions to highlight local Culinary Talent, ingredients and resources. Culinary Fight Club is a partner in the production of Stove Tots, a new FYI network cooking television series slated to premiere in 2017. The popular food sport event series has partnered with notable brands including Reinhart Foodservice, Bull Outdoor Grills, Samuel Adams, The Mushroom Council, Big Fork Brands, Hensler Integrated Marketing, Food News Today, Social Power Hour and Smithfield. The culinary event company has created events at top venues, such as Navy Pier, Marriott, Bottled Blonde and more. Culinary Fight Club is an official qualifying event for the World Food Championships and partner for the Travel & Adventure Show’s Taste of Travel Stage. For more information on upcoming events, visit Culinary Fight, like on Facebook or follow on Instagram or Twitter.

A 501(C)(3) organization, Fight2Feed’s mission is to make a difference by changing the rise of food insecure communities by fighting hunger one block at a time. The organization has fed over 30,000 people since its launch in 2014. The non-profit has over 250 volunteers with presence in Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City and Indianapolis. For more information, to donate or volunteer, visit, like on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

The Mushroom Council is composed of fresh market producers or importers who average more than 500,000 pounds of mushrooms produced or imported annually. The mushroom program is authorized by the Mushroom Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act of 1990 and is administered by the Mushroom Council under the supervision of the Agricultural Marketing Service. Research and promotion programs help to expand, maintain and develop markets for individual agricultural commodities in the United States and abroad. These industry self-help programs are requested and funded by the industry groups that they serve. For more information, visit

Founded in 1972, Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C. is one of the most progressive and efficient broad line foodservice distributors in the United States. The company provides fresh produce, proteins, ingredients, supplies and equipment to customers across the U.S. from 29 distribution centers. Reinhart serves every segment of the food industry from independent and chain restaurants to schools and healthcare facilities and is committed to the highest levels of customer service, providing its customers with menu planning assistance, nutrition services support, an extensive lending library, TRACS® Direct order entry and foodservice management software and training, weekly specials and educational seminars. Reinhart’s original mission of delivering exceptional high-quality products, personal service and value to its customers is stronger than ever today. To learn more about Reinhart please visit