Competition Structure 1
To Qualify 1
Key Dates and Tips 2
Late Turn-Ins 3
Presentation Garnish/Décor 3
Competition Day 4
Judging Criteria 5
Utensils and Equipment 7
Ingredients List 10
Equipment List 11
The Inspiration 12
Do you have what it takes to make the tastiest burger in the
Quinte region? A burger balanced with crunch, flavour and the
goodness of rave-worthy toppings? If so, here’s everything you
need to know.
What is it?
The Great Canadian Burger Competition is an exciting event where young, aspiring
cooks represent their high school in a culinary challenge.
Where is it?
In the Loyalist College kitchen on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
Each team will be asked to create four portions of a 4oz burger on a bun of their choice
within a two-hour timeframe. The pressure is on!
The burger itself must consist of at least 50% beef. The team is strongly encouraged to
be creative with toppings, sauces and garnishes. The burgers must be pan-fried, but can
be finished in the oven. The judges will be assessing each burger on appearance, taste
Teams will also submit a recipe to Loyalist College second-year Culinary students. They
will produce slider-sized portions for the People’s Choice Reception, which will take
place immediately after the teams have finished competing. For more information, see
All ingredients for the competition will be supplied by Loyalist. The College will also
reimburse students/teachers/schools up to $100 for ingredients purchased for practising.
To be eligible to compete, a team must be registered in advance. Only one team,
consisting of one or two students, may compete from each high school. If your school
has more than one team interested in competing, we encourage your school to host
an internal battle of the burgers to determine which team will represent the school at
Loyalist College. This is a fun and scrumptious way to select the ultimate team. Who
doesn’t love an old fashioned burger cook-off?
The Great Canadian Burger Competition has three main prizes. The Grand Champion
will be awarded to the 1 st place team.
Grand Champion: 2 x $500*
2 nd Place: 2 x $300*
3 rd Place: 2 x $200*
People’s Choice: 2 x $500*
*One prize per team member. All monetary prizes consist of a bursary to Loyalist College. This money
will be applied to the student’s tuition account if they attend Loyalist within the next two years. Students
can enrol in any program. Winning students will receive a certificate indicating the amount of money
they will receive.
About the People’s Choice Award: Second-year Culinary students will make slider-sized
samples of each recipe in the competition. Each burger will be tasted and evaluated by
guests during the People’s Choice Reception in Resto 213. The most favoured burger will
be awarded this prize. People’s Choice winning teams will receive a trophy to take back
Teams must submit a recipe with a list of ingredients, cooking method, utensils and a
brief description (50 words or less) of their burger on or before:
Wednesday, February 17 at 12 (noon) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Recipe cards and descriptions will be evaluated by the Loyalist College Culinary Program.
Four teams will be chosen by Friday February, 19 to compete at Loyalist College on
Wednesday, March 2.
Once recipe cards are submitted, teams will be expected to produce that exact burger
on the day of the competition.
Please remember that the Loyalist Culinary students will be using this recipe to produce
the team sliders for the People’s Choice Award. Please make it accurate and easy to
Each team will be allowed into the Loyalist kitchen 15-minutes prior to unpack and set up
their station, but will not be allowed to start cooking until the official start time.
A total of two hours will be allocated for each team to complete their dish. They must
produce four identical portions.
Late turn-ins will receive a deduction of one point in all criteria per minute, barring
unforseen circumstances beyond students’ control. If the dish is not presented within
10 minutes after the two-hour mark, the team will be disqualified.
Presentation garnish/décor is determined by the team. If a competitor chooses to
garnish, the décor must be edible or floral. IF TOOTHPICKS ARE USED, MAKE SURE THEY
There will be three judges. Total points are calculated using Loyalist College’s scoring
method, which will determine the competition champion.
*see attached scoring card
The team with the highest composite score will be named Grand Champion. The team
with the most votes from the People’s Choice Reception will win the People’s Choice
march 12: day-of schedule
8:30 am Arrival and setup
9 am Competition commences
*All four teams will compete at once
11 am Turn-ins and judging
12 pm - 1 pm People’s Choice Slider Tasting and Voting Reception in
*Invite your parents and friends to attend
1 pm Awards presented to Grand Champion and People’s
Each entry will be assessed on appearance, taste and creativity.
The numbering will rank from 1 to 10 (with 10 being the best) in each of the three
Great Canadian Burger Competition Scoring Card
1 - 10
Dish is presented in an attractive,
tidy manor and is visually appealing.
All elements of the dish are properly
seasoned and flavour combinations
Creativity is expressed either
in presentation, ingredients or
Judging will be silent and blind. Judges will NOT converse or discuss the entries until all
judges have finished scoring and the score cards have been collected. Each entry will be
judged on its own individual merits.
1) Entries may include any combination of ingredients, sauces and toppings. Every
component must be placed together as a single judging portion. Four judging
portions must be produced.
2) All competition entries must be prepared on-site during the competition
period. No previously cooked or prepared entries will be accepted; for example,
homemade sauces should be prepared on-site.
3) Pre-packaged material/products that constitute as an ingredient are allowed.
The validity of pre-packaged or pre-cooked ingredients is the responsibility of
the competitor and must be confirmed prior to competing. An exception to this
rule is the buns. They may be baked or purchased prior to arrival.
4) To ensure fairness, all cooks will be required to produce the burger that was on
the recipe card they submitted during the qualification process. Any deviation
from this recipe will result in the team being disqualified.
5) Burgers must be cooked to Government of Canada safe internal cooking
temperature guidelines of 71°C/160°F.
6) In the event of a tied score, Burger Master Jeff Camacho will be the designated
All competition ingredients will be supplied by Loyalist. The College will also reimburse
students/teachers/schools up to $100 for ingredients purchased for practising. Please
bring all receipts to the competition.
Teams may be asked to purchase and bring specialty or hard-to-find ingredients. In this
case, they should also bring a receipt and will be reimbursed the day of the competition.
Utensils and Equipment
All utensils and equipment during the competition will be supplied by Loyalist. If there
is a specialized piece of equipment that the College does not own, teams may be asked
to bring it themselves.
Teams should also supply an equipment list along with their ingredient list.
Ingredient and equipment lists, including quantities and desired brands, must be
submitted to Chef Karin Desveaux at Loyalist College on or before Monday, February
21 at noon to email@example.com.
Please contact Chef Karin Desveaux:
On or before Wednesday, February 10, by noon:
Registration form filled out and emailed to Loyalist
Recipe emailed to Loyalist
On or before Monday, February 21, by noon:
Ingredient list emailed to Loyalist
Equipment list emailed to Loyalist
Wednesday, March 2, from 8:30 am - 1 pm:
Show up ready to cook and have fun!
TEAM MEMBER #1 NAME:
TEAM MEMBER #2 NAME:
Since 2012, Jeff and Rayling Camacho have been reviving the art of the pattie. As owners
of Burger Revolution in Belleville, they’re awakening taste buds, expanding imaginations
and challenging misconceptions about the almighty burger.
Their tasteful efforts have received regional and national attention. Burger Revolution was
featured on Food Network Canada’s “You Gotta Eat Here” and was awarded Best in Ontario
by Days Out Ontario.
As a Chef and Burger Master, Jeff knows what makes a great burger and is fearless when it
comes to infusing creativity in each dish. This passion inspired Loyalist’s Culinary program
to host its very first Great Canadian Burger Competition and we are thrilled to have Jeff as
the Lead Judge.
Every revolution begins with a spark, an idea that
challenges the status quo. Burger Revolution is a
flFlavour revolution, and our fiFight is against the
bland burger, the frozen burger, the ordinary burger.
- Jeff and Rayling Camacho,
Founders of Burger Revolution