The lineup of Rachael Rays burger bash, which occurs at the New York Wine & Food Festival on October 10, has been set. Last year, Minneapolis-based cookbook author and professional cooking contestant Jamie Miller beat out the likes of the Shake Shack and BLT Burger with a jerk-pork cheeseburger with green-apple slaw. Will New Yorkers like Adam Perry Lang and Michael Lomonaco fare any better this year?
David Burke (David Burke Prime at Grand Pequot Tower, Foxwoods Resort Casino)
Emile Castillo ("the burger joint" at Le Parker Meridien)
E. Chewy Cereceres (Kobe Club)
Ronny Cohen (White Manna)
Tom Colicchio (Craftsteak at MGM Grand at Foxwoods)
Katie Lee Joel (Author, The Comfort Table)
Adam Perry Lang (Daisy May's BBQ)
Michael Lomonaco (Porter House New York)
Duane Owen (Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods)
Mike Price (Market Table)
Al Roker (Today Show and Al Roker Entertainment, Inc.)
John Schenk (Strip House)
Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two)
Laurent Tourondel (BLT Burger)
If we had to handicap this one, we'd lay some money on BLT and Adam Perry Lang, whose French training and maniacal attention to detail should separate them from the competition. But a big ups to La Ray for thinking to include White Manna, one of the country's great overlooked hamburgers. Whoever put this list together knew what he or she was doing.