Florida International University Student Cooks up Recipe for Burger Success as
Winner of Red Robin's Savory Scholar Contest
Red Robin to Serve Winning Burger and Present Best of the Bash Award at the
Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival with Help of Mo Rocca
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Feb. 12, 2013
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Luciana Page is
enjoying the sweet – and savory – taste of victory, as she was declared the
winner of the Red Robin Savory Scholar Contest. Starting Jan. 10, Red Robin
called on students at the Florida International University (FIU) Chaplin
School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, the beneficiary of all proceeds
from the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD &
WINE, to submit their own burger recipe for consideration for the award.
Page, a Hollywood, Fla. resident, took home top honors for her Korean Kalbi
BBQ Burger, earning her a $10,000 scholarship, the opportunity to serve her
winning recipe at the Festival's Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Pat
LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray, and a three-month internship at Yummm U,
Red Robin's research & development and culinary facility.
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The burger is a unique blend of spicy and tangy authentic Korean flavors
including pickled cucumbers and cabbage on a Korean BBQ glazed beef patty
placed between a Brioche bun and will be available for sampling at the Food
Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival during the Amstel Light Burger Bash
on Friday, February 22. Red Robin will serve as a first time-sponsor of the
Amstel Light Burger Bash, America's most prestigious burger competition
bringing together top chefs and culinary personalities. Guests of the event
can taste the winning burger at the Red Robin station, and the winning burger
could potentially make its debut on the Red Robin menu as part of its Red's
Tavern Double ™ Style burger platform in 2013.
"As the gourmet burger leader, we at Red Robin believe in celebrating culinary
innovation," said Denny Marie Post, Red Robin's senior vice president and
chief menu & marketing officer. "We're thrilled to provide this up-and-coming
chef with a jumpstart to her culinary career and the opportunity to train with
our terrific R&D team."
"As part of their journey to become leaders, the students at the Chaplin
School are exposed to all areas of the industry, including culinary, because
they must understand all aspects of hospitality including what goes on in the
kitchen," said Mohammad Qureshi, associate dean at Florida International
University (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. "It's
always great to see how students translate what they learn in the classroom to
practical experiences, like what Luciana did with her entry in Red Robin's
Savory Scholar Contest."
In addition to serving the winning burger from the Red Robin Savory Scholar
Contest, the gourmet burger expert will also present the "Red Robin's Best of
the Bash Award." All chefs participating in the Amstel Light Burger Bash are
invited to submit their burger recipe to Red Robin for the chance to win
$10,000. Mo Rocca, host of Cooking Channel's My Grandmother's Ravioli and
correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, along with Red
Robin's director of culinary and chief marketing officer, will judge, select
and announce the "Best of the Bash" that evening.
"I'm looking forward to serving as a judge for Red Robin's Best of the Bash
Award," said Mo Rocca. "I will be eating many many burgers that night and may
have to be carried out on a stretcher. But no doubt it'll be worth it!"
In addition to the cash prize, the winning burger will be served in more than
470 Red Robin^® restaurants in the U.S. and Canada this fall during the launch
of Red Robin's premium burger line.
For more information about Red Robin and to find a restaurant location near
you, visit www.redrobin.com.
About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (www.redrobin.com), a casual dining restaurant
chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red
Robin International, Inc., is the gourmet burger expert, famous for serving
more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak
Fries^® in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages. In addition to
its many burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups,
appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature Mad Mixology^® Beverages.There
are more than 470 Red Robin^® restaurants located across the United States and
Canada, including corporate-owned locations and those operating under
franchise agreements. Red Robin… YUMMM^®! Connect with Red Robin on Facebook
About Mo Rocca
Mo Rocca, host of Cooking Channel's My Grandmother's Ravioli, is best known
for his off-beat news reports and satirical commentary. Currently a
Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, he's also a panelist
on NPR's hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! and the host of
Food(ography) on the Cooking Channel. Mo spent four seasons on Comedy
Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart. On Broadway he starred in The 25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. A native of Washington, D.C., Mo earned a
bachelor's degree at Harvard and resides in New York City.
About the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism
Management has been distinguished as one of the top hospitality programs in
the U.S. Each year more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students from
across the United States and around the world choose FIU for its outstanding
reputation, advantageous campus locations, expert faculty, rich curriculum,
and fast-track career advantages in the international hotel, foodservice and
tourism industries. In August 2006, FIU unveiled the first U.S. School of
Hospitality and Tourism in Tianjin, China. The Marriott Tianjin China Program
is FIU's largest international program, with a capacity for up to 2,000
students. For more information about Florida International University's
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, visit
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