Memphis Chef Claims Title for Best Burger
It’s official: The 2017 World Burger Champion hails from Memphis. Tommy Shive, head cook at Last Burger on Earth (LBOE), represented the local hot spot in the revered competition.
Shive has never had formal culinary training, but in 2016, he took first place at the Best Memphis Burger Fest and then took his talents down to Orange Beach, Alabama, for the World Burger Championship.
The annual championship, held at The Wharf in Orange Beach, is the largest food sport event in the world. The championship is also the only cooking competition where home cooks go head to head with both professional chefs and competition teams.
Winners are selected tournament-style in 10 different food categories, including barbecue, burger and recipe submissions. After qualifying through regional and international rounds, Shive presented two dishes for the chance to move up in the burger category.
He finished fifth in the opening round, then Shive and his team advanced onto the final challenge, which counted for 60 percent of the total score and required competitors to use an egg as an infusion.
The LBOE team opted to go for a poached egg and whipped up an Eggs Benedict Burger. The dish secured Shive the best score of the round, allowing him to claim the World Burger Championship crown and a $10,000 prize pack.
For more information about LBOE and its complete menu of delicious burgers, visit lboerestaurant.com.