The third annual Vegas Uncork'd culinary festival kicks off Saturday.
It brings together 75 of the world's most talented chefs for four days of eating, drinking and playing.
Before heading to Vegas, three of the all-star celebrity chefs stopped by The Early Show Thursday to take part in our very own burger extravaganza.
Bradley Ogden, Todd English and Cat Cora faced off to see whose burger reigns supreme. Suffice is to say -- none came up short when the show's anchors tried them!
Ogden has a namesake restaurant in Ceasars Palace in Vegas, English owns and is executive chef of Olives restaurant in Charlestown, Mass., and Cora is executive chef of Bon Appetit magazine, which is behind "Uncork'd."
Bradley is known all over the country for the burger he puts out at Caesars. He says his secrets are:
1) Ground the meat just before cooking for ultimate freshness (there are not many, if any, chefs out there doing this).
2) Use a mix of three different cuts; he uses 45 percent rib-eye, 45 percent chuck, and 10 percent kobe.
3) Simple prep: You don't need to mess around with a great burger; if you keep it simple, there's no need to add anything crazy.
4) While the burger is grilling, he brushes it with a red wine butter to enhance the flavor, and makes his own mustards and pickles.
Todd's "Rat Pack Burger" is all about honoring old school Vegas. Another unique burger, English's is like an Italian meatball on a bun. During the cooking process, he smothers it in tomato sauce and finishes the cooking as you would a traditional Italian meatball!
Cat's burger is all about honoring the Greek gods. She does something totally different from the guys: Her burger pays homage to the Greeks, as she mixes in Greek favorites such as Kalamata olives, feta and cucumber, to give it a real Mediterranean taste. Cat has been doing this burger for years, and there's really nothing else like it out there -- a true Cat Cora original.
Go to Page 2 for their recipes!
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