NYCWFF Burger Bash 2013: It's a Tie!

By James Mulcahy  |  October 19, 2013

The carnivorous crowd at Pier 92 learned something last night: there are no tiebreakers at the 2013 New York City Wine & Food Festival's Burger Bash. "We'll have to see about getting another trophy made," host Rachael Ray said as she announced to the crowd that the People's Choice count was a first-time-ever tie. "We counted each box of chips three times - they were exactly the same."

And voters faced a lot of choice for this go-round, which took place at the Hell's Kitchen pier for the first time. The top floor, usually used for cruise-ship docking, provided some extra elbow room for the attendees, who nevertheless queued up for a few popular patties. The longest-line award easily went to Guy Fieri, who held court giving high fives and posing for pictures as he served burgers from his nearby Times Square Flavor Town.

There wasn't a big crowd at Paul Denamiel's booth, but the Le Rivage chef managed to win the Judges' Choice award, obtaining a nearly perfect score for his French onion soup patty. He seemed surprised. "I just got back from the bathroom," he said as he leapt to the stage. "Don't worry, I washed my hands!" He promised and delivered a short speech - "I'm not Josh Capon" - but managed to grab the microphone back to praise the merits of Thomas' English Muffins (his sponsor) before he was politely ushered from the front of the stage.

Then it was time for the most sought-after award - the People's Choice. Drumroll! Ray announced the tie, and then called last year's winner Josh Capon (B&B) and her "brother from another mother" Guy Fieri to the stage. The duo seemed shocked that it was a double win, and skipped the usual speeches in favor of mugging for the camera. Both will get bragging rights, and even though there was no tiebreaker this year, the duo is sure to battle it out again in 2014.

  • Behold: the trophy

  • Judges Joe Bastianich and Andrew Zimmern

  • Capon with last year's trophy

  • Judges' Choice winner Paul Denamiel 

  • Bobby Flay, left

  • Justin Warner (right), always on camera

  • Lee Schrager and Rachael Ray 

  • Katie Lee gives a culinary school scholarship

  • ilili's burger - yes, please