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Miami Culinary Institute Students Participate in The Grind Burger Battle

~MCI students will gain hands-on experience working side-by-side with Miami’s top chefs
The Grind burger battle

Miami, March 15, 2012 - Wars have been fought, but a battle like this never tasted so good. On Saturday, Mar. 31, the first ever The Grind Burger Battle will bring together some of South Florida’s top chefs to compete for the coveted Golden Grinder prize and title.

The Grind has partnered with the Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) at Miami Dade College (MDC) to offer its students a unique, hands-on experience. As the grills fire up, MCI Gourmet Club students will be right in the front lines. They will have the opportunity to work alongside renowned local chefs helping to prepare the evening’s main attraction – a smorgasbord of delicious and innovative burgers.

Local celebrity judges and event goers will get to vote in a variety of categories for their favorite sliders provided by 30 participating restaurants. Creekstone Farms is a major sponsor, providing Certified Premium Black Angus Beef to all competitors.  And In an effort to eliminate food waste, The Grind will participate in Feeding South Florida’s Extra Helpings program, which recovers food that may be leftover to feed the hungry.

The Grind will take place at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIP ticket holders) at the Miami Entertainment Complex located at 50 NW 14 Street. Judges will include WSVN 7 news anchor and MDC alumna Belkys Nerey; NBC 4 sports anchor Adam Kuperstein; CBS 4’s Jeff Berardelli; James Beard award-winning Chef, Norman Van Aken, MCI’s director of restaurants; world-class restaurateur Steve Haas; Stan Rudman, co-chair of the Miami Dolphins Foundation; Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff; and The Burger Beast - Sef Gonzalez, food critic.

Restaurants Competing at The Grind

 8 Oz Burger Bar, Bernie's L.A. Café, Burger & Beer Joint, Burger Bar by Chef Allen, Charm City Burger Company, Cheeseburger Baby, Chow Down Grill, Chuck Burger Joint, Cuban Cube (Islas Canarias), Cuban Guys, Elevation Burger, El Rey De Las Fritas, Filling Station, Flip Burger Bar, The Frita Man, Georgie's Alibi, Giraffas, Grill Master Café, Joe’s Stone Crab, The Joint Bar & Grill, Latin House Burger & Taco Bar, The Local, Lokal Burger and Beer, Makoto, The Office, Pincho Factory, Quickie's Burgers & Wings, Shake Shack, Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill and The Best Backyard Burger finalists Ryan Blanski and Roly Masferrer. In addition, Azucar Ice Cream Shop, Copperpot’s, Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies and Mandarin Gourmet Doughnut Shoppe will provide desserts.

About the Miami Culinary Institute

Building upon Miami Dade College’s rich history as the largest institution of higher education in America and one of the most highly regarded schools in the nation, the Miami Culinary Institute is a recipe for culinary excellence in the 21st century. Mixing a blend of classic skills and innovative techniques used by the world's greatest chefs, the Miami Culinary Institute offers an educational experience that is at the forefront of the industry. The curriculum is designed to prepare students and enthusiasts with real-world knowledge and expectations. Through a focused infusion of green-sustainable food and energy technologies, nutrition and culinary knowledge, the goal is to create professionals who will evolve the world's food culture.

About Creekstone Farms Premium Beef

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef (“Creekstone”) is a specialty Black Angus beef processor. Located in Arkansas City, Kansas, Creekstone sells a wide variety of branded fresh beef and ground beef products to foodservice and retail customers that appreciate high quality and consistency. Creekstone, which owns and operates one of the most modern, sanitary, and humane processing facilities in the industry, also markets an “All Natural” product line featuring Black Angus beef that has been raised without the use of supplemental hormones or antibiotics. Products are sold to regional supermarkets and high-end restaurants in the U.S., Europe and Asia.


For more information on The Grind, please contact Dina Allende at 305-205-1058 or


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