A burger showdown will ensue, where only the best of the best burgers in South Florida will compete under one roof for the coveted Golden Grinder and title. 

South Florida has never seen a burger battle quite like The Grind.  Taste 30 of the best burgers in town while washing it down with complimentary open bar including Blue Moon craft beer, wine and spirits.  Guests and local celebrity judges will vote for their favorite burgers provided by restaurants in the 954 and 305.  An online competition will take place where cooking enthusiasts can submit their own recipe for the “Best Backyard Burger”. 

The Grind has partnered with Miami Culinary Institute to give culinary students the opportunity to work along-side Miami’s top restaurants.  VIP tickets are available for those who want to start sampling, voting and mingling an hour before general admission while enjoying the benefits of the VIP lounge.

Our Esteemed Panel of Judges:

Emmy award winning Belkys Nerey has been a foodie her whole life. As the news anchor for WSVN news and former host of Deco Drive, Belkys is a South Florida favorite. 

Adam Kuperstein is the host of Sports Final and a sports anchor for NBC6.  In addition to being an on-air personality Adam is an avid burger aficionado.

Jeff Berardelli comes with vast burger experience having eaten many in his many years on the earth. When not eating burgers, Jeff serves as a meteorologist and Aquatic Adventures reporter for CBS4 in Miami. 

Chef Norman Van Aken is a James Beard award winning chef and founder of New World Cuisine. He introduced the term “Fusion Cooking” to the world. Chef Van Aken is the director of restaurants at the Miami Culinary Institute.

Steven Haas is a world-class restaurateur.  His projects include China Grill, Soyka, Tuscan Steak, The Forge and most recently City Hall the Restaurant. He is credited with creating Miami Spice.

The Burger Beast is one of the most prolific food critics in the country. Boasting over 50,000 followers and a burger specialty, he is a perfect fit for our esteemed panel.

Stan Rudman is a community and business leader. His company, Sportailor has been part of Miami for almost 50 years. He is also the co-chair of the Miami Dolphins Foundation and a member of the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee.

Laine Doss is the lead Food Blogger for Miami New Times' Short Order blog.She writes for several other publications, as well as consults for shows like Bizzare Foods, Eat Street, and Unpacked.
The guests who attend The Grind are an integral part of our voting process. The “Fan Fave” category is voted on exclusively by burger fans as they enjoy a side by side comparison at The Grind.



Q. Once I buy tickets, how much do the drinks and burgers cost?

A. Your ticket (general admission or VIP) includes ALL the burgers, beer, wine, and liquor you can handle.…

Q. What time is the event?

A. VIP gets in at 6:00pm. GA gets in at 7:00pm. The event ends at 10:00 pm, or when you explode.





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