Tomorrow is a really big day in the world of Ted Reader. He will be attempting to break the Guiness World Record for the largest burger at Yonge & Dundas Square Toronto !
Join Ted while he makes his record breaking attempt and bid on the World’s Largest Hamburger. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Chef Ted Reader’s charity of choice, Camp Bucko; a charity/camp for children who are burn survivors.
Cooking begins around 4am, final plating between approx. Noon & 1:30pm.
Creating the World’s Largest Hamburger will kick off Chef Ted Reader’s press tour promoting his latest cookbook, Napoleon’s Everyday Gourmet Burgers. A 300-page cookbook featuring 110 recipes including vivid full-colour photos.
This is a coordinated effort between Ted Reader and his partners: Napoleon Gourmet Grills, Sysco (Honeymans Beef) and the World’s Largest BBQ Store – Ontario Gas BBQ.
|New Cookbook for Summer 2010!|
|One of the mainstays of summer—the iconic hamburger—leaps off the grill with the bravado of Ted Reader’s truly unique interpretations of how burgers can be prepared and enjoyed. With more than 100 inspired burger creations, made using the finest grills in the world, you will learn how to make more than just your plain, old hamburger.
Ted Reader’s mouth watering recipes will take you on a journey to Burger Heaven – each recipe is accompanied by a full-colour photograph guaranteed to inspire anyone who loves to grill and those with a passion for food. Ted also gives tips and tricks – selecting the ideal binder, how to grind your meat as well as shaping your burgers – so anyone can transform a variety of ingredients into a fiesta of flavour.
Whether cooking over gas or charcoal, Napoleon’s Everyday Gourmet Burgers provides directions for making the perfect burger every time.
Treat yourself and your friends to such unique interpretations on the classic hamburger, including:
Orgasmic Onion Burgers
Chilled Lobster and Avocado Burgers
California Smoked Turkey Burgers
Grilled Mushroom Risotto Burgers
The Jackinator Burger
Lamb Roti Burgers
I received a copy of this book a while ago and it delivers an incredible selection of burgers and wonderful food photography. The first printing has already sold out. Its that good.
I spoke with Teddy the other day about this burger attempt he was super excited and working like crazy as always. I typically talk with Teddy really early in the morning. We did this interview at 6am which for both of us busy with family work etc seems to be one of the best times to have a chat:
Here are some of the details he gave me about the burger:
The Bun weighs 150 pounds approx. and has been made by San Remo Bakery – It is an egg bread challah based burger bun with sesame seeds. It measures 40 inches diameter and it may end up being 15 inches thick.
The meat has been seasoned with Ted Readers Orgasmic Onion Burger Seasoning. They are utilizing a Burger Binder – with bread crumbs and it was designed to help retain the moisture. It was developed in a meat plant to meet CFIA regulations and has been Government inspected.
It will start with 300 pounds and may shrink to 250-260 pounds. The patty is 40 in diameter and 8 inches thick.It has 18% internal fat.
As Teddy states:
When it leaves the plant it has to be done properly. No health issues! We want people to be able to really eat the burger. This burger will be available on our catering menu for special events. We made it so that it can be repeated again. We want to make it or a smaller version available to the public.
The charcoal used for this record breaking burger will be Basques Hardwood Charcoal. It was important to Ted to use a Canadian charcoal of great quality.
The grill has been manufactured in Barrie Ontario at Napoleon – it is 48 inches square and has 3 main parts. It was a multiple person project just to design the grill and the hydraulic operation that will run it. Additionally the grill can be flipped with a dial. The grill is a cage and clamps the burger in place so the burger is firm and it doesn’t move.
The condiments for the bun will be very traditional: Lettuce tomato pickle and onion. There will be cheese on the burger 2 types : provolone plus grated fontina cheese
In Teddy’s words: I want to make a classic yummy burger 1 bun 1 burger condiments that’s it.
Additionally one of the great parts of this attempt is that it has been tied in to a charity that is near and dear to Ted Camp Bucko.
Camp BUCKO is a fun, safe and caring camp program free to kids ages 7 to 17 with burn injuries. Our residential setting encourages campers to participate in a variety of social, recreational and therapeutic activities that promote self-esteem, the development of leadership skills and fosters personal growth. At Camp BUCKO, kids have a place where they can be themselves without feeling different or alone.
I wish Ted and his attempt at breaking this Guinness World Record all the best. There were over 100 people involved in making this burger attempt and I have no doubt -Its going to be terrific!