Ana Vlastaras won the celebrity cook-off yesterday with her gourmet burger that had to satisfy the tastebuds of Daily Telegraph food critic Simon Thompson (left) and Sydney food author and chef Michael Moore.
Ana Vlastaras won the celebrity cook-off yesterday with her gourmet burger that had to satisfy the tastebuds of Daily Telegraph food critic Simon Thompson (left) and Sydney food author and chef Michael Moore.

In a pickle over burger cook-off

TREMBLING and with secret ingredients in hand, I took my place behind the gas burner at the Causley Fresh Gate to Plate Cook Off, wondering how chefs cook under this pressure every day.

I was placed in the first heat against Adam "Captain Incredible" Sydenham and Greg "Captain Awesome" Coombs, and while their theatrics put on a good show, preparation won on the day.

The task was to create a burger to woo food critic extraordinaire Simon Thomsen and celebrity chef Michael Moore - no easy task.

I dressed up my winning burger with homemade pickled cucumber, caramelised onion and roasted beetroot, with a touch of cumin and some thyme in the patty.

Cate McQuillen, co-creator of Dirtgirlworld, stepped things up by making a slice of capsicum into an egg ring, while Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell added Turkish bread to the mix.

Greg Coombs did his burger Big Mac style with three slices of bread. However, the taste of his burger was a little questionable as I saw some distinct charring. Adam Sydenham, on the other hand, tried to make an Australia-shaped patty to complete his Australian burger.

The competition was judged by a decibel reading of the cheering crowd - making me the winner.



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