The New York City Wine and Food Festival is only three years old, but it's already taking the Big Apple by storm - and is already one of the nation's biggest, enabling folks to get up-close-and-personal with many top chefs from around the country.
Among those there were Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart and "Early Show" contributor Katie Lee.
The four-day affair wrapped up Sunday, after drawing thousands to more than 125 food and wine tastings, including samplings of the personal favorite of super chef Bobby Flay - the burger.
And the highlight of the weekend happened to be Friday night's "Burger Bash," where more than two dozen leading chefs fired up their grills and created signature burgers, all vying for the title of Burger Bash Champion. Ticket-holders got to taste all the offerings and cast their vote for the best burger and, as luck would have it, Flay's bested the others, and he took home the $5,000 People's Choice Award in that category.
It was his Santa Fe burger, which has a queso sauce with pickeled chilis. And then, for crunch -- crispy blue tortillas.
Ray told Flay burgers matter to her due to the "accessibility factor. You can pick it up with your hands, its friendly it says everybody is welcome here."
"Early Show" recipes galore!
On Saturday night, Flay again took center stage when he hosted another of the most popular festivities, the "Tacos and Tequila" event, at which he invited some of his friends to come up with their own spin on the classic taco.
On "The Early Show" Monday, Flay - a contributor and the show's resident chef - took viewers behind the scenes at the festival and let them in on his award-winning burger recipe.
TO SEE THE BURGER RECIPE, GO TO PAGE TWO.
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