Chicago Gourmet 2012: Hamburger Hop

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Yoshi Katsumura (Photo: Chicago Gourmet)

UPDATE: Matt Troost of Three Aces won the People’s Choice Award … Yoshi Katsumura of Yoshi’s Cafe won the Judges’ Choice Award.

Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop 2012 is back this year at the Harris Rooftop Theater in Millennium Park on Friday, Sept. 28 from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Chefs will engage in a friendly battle to make Chicago’s best burger to be determined by a panel of  judges.


  • John Besh, Besh Restaurant Group
  • Lin Brehmer, WXRT
  • Sheamus Feeley, Hillstone Group
  • Sue Ontiveros, Chicago Sun-Times
  • Nick Roach, Chicago Bears
  • Keith Villa, Blue Moon Brewing Co.


  • Arturo Aucaquizhpi, Gene & Georgetti
  • John Chiakulas, Mity Nice
  • Amanda Downing, Rockit Bar & Grill/ Rockit Burger Bar
  • Dirk Flanigan, Henri/ The Gage
  • Clark Grant, III Forks Chicago
  • Kevin Hickey, Allium at Four Seasons Chicago
  • Yoshi Katsumura, Yoshi’s Café
  • Ryan Kikkert, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
  • Jonathan Lane, Benny’s Chop House
  • Steven Lawhorn, Palmer Place
  • JR Luna, LUXBAR
  • Mark Rimkus, Flo & Santos
  • Joseph Rosetti, Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
  • Jeff Starr, Sutter Home Build a Better Burger®
  • Matt Troost, Three Aces

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