CARMEL, N.Y. - Shrub Oak resident Joe Saccente has earned a spot at the 2015 World Food Championships after crafting the winning-burger at this past weekend's New York Bull Burger Battle in Mahopac.
Competing with friend Chris Prichinello of Cortlandt Manor under the team name "Mr. Dirt's BBQ," Saccente, an iron worker and father of two, came in first with a score of 91.667. He was the only one of 14 competitors to score in the 90s.
His winning "All American Cheeseburger" incorporated 80-percent lean, 20-percent fat ground beef, salt, pepper, onion, lettuce and tomato. Saccente then topped the burger with American cheese and served it on a sesame seed potato bun.
"I can't believe I won," Saccente said in a press release. "Last year, Chris and I sat in my kitchen and made 30 sliders. This year, I forgot about the competition until the night before. Last year, the basic burgers scored better, so we learned from that."
Saccente and Prichinello's victory qualifies them to compete in the World Food Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. this November.
The New York Bull Burger Battle is one of the qualifying events for the World Food Championships. Upcoming Bull Burger Battles are set to take place in Chicago, Indianapolis and San Diego this summer.
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