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Realburger wins burger smackdown

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Contest > All green chile cheeseburgers were judged by a panel of judges and hungry crowds

The First Santa Fe Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown at the Railyard attracted hundreds of burger lovers last weekend.
Judging from the number of burgers consumed and the satisfied smiles, the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, is destined to be the first of many more to come.
After all seven competitors were done and the judges’ points and people’s choices were tallied Santa Fe Mayor David Coss announced the two winners:
Overall Winner: The Original Realburger
People’s Choice: Cowgirl BBQ
John Chavez, owner of Realburger, thanked his family who helped him cook the winning burger and the many others that fed the hungry crowd.
Chef Patrick Lambert of Cowgirl BBQ was clearly delighted to be endorsed by the people of Santa Fe. Each burger was tasted and awarded points by a panel judges:
• Cheryl Jamison — James Beard Award winner, well-known cookbook author and one of the country’s foremost authorities on barbecue, grilling and smoke cooking.
• Michael Bauer, long-time food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle.
• Cathy Barber, food, travel and lifestyle editor for the Dallas Morning News.
• Kate Krader, Restaurant Editor for Food and Wine magazine.
• Ellise Pierce, cookbook author and new Santa Fe resident.
The burgers were judged on:
• Appearance
• Burgerability/Eatability
• Quality of Ingredients
• Melding of Flavors
• Chile Flavor/Heat
The People’s Choice Award was determined by ballots cast by individuals who bought tickets to taste all seven burgers.
The Original Realburger owner and chef John Chavez has been cooking all over Santa Fe for decades, opening Realburger in 1974. Generations of local families have been devoted to his burgers and New Mexican food, following his restaurants and eating his catered meals.
The burger has cheese, green chile, toasted bun, lettuce, onion, tomato and pickle on the side.
Cowgirl BBQ Chef Patrick Lambert is chef and a partner in the Cowgirl. He worked and studied in kitchens in Switzerland, Utah, California, New Mexico, and Hawaii. He was the chef and a partner in restaurant THAO in Santa Fe.
From there he went to the Taos Inn, returning to the Cowgirl where he has been chef since 2001. The burger consists of ground burger, melted jack cheese, tomato and New Mexico green chile.
The other competitors were:
• Chef Andrew Cooper from Terra at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado.
• Chef Brett Sparman from Luminaria Restaurant and Patio at Inn and Spa at Loretto.
• Chef Fernando Olea from Bert’s Burger Bowl.
• Chef Evan Doughty from Agave Lounge at Eldorado Hotel and Spa.
• Chef Josh Goodwin from Dr. Field Goods.