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O.C. Fair's Chowdown Challenge crowns new burger king

July 22, 2011
  • Paul Cao, co-owner of The Burnt Truck, celebrates the company's victory against Burger Joint after a burger judging competition Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the O.C. Fair. The Burnt Truck's BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with fried quail egg beat out Burger Joint's Belly Buster Burger, which boasts 10 slices of cheese, eight slices of tomato, half a head of lettuce, and more than 30 pickle slices and an 18 oz. bun that needs to be baked in a cake pan.
Paul Cao, co-owner of The Burnt Truck, celebrates the… (Kevin Chang, Daily…)

Day five of the 2011 Orange County Fair lived up to this summer's “Let's Eat” billing by featuring a battle of the burgers for the ages.

Hipster gourmet food trucks rolled into the O.C. Fairgrounds late Thursday afternoon to square off in a burger-cooking contest against the more traditional purveyors of fair fare and other greasy delights.

It was beefy and it was boisterous but, in the end, the sizzling cook-off ended with The Burnt Truck being crowned the 2011 burger king. Their BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with fried quail egg beat out The Burger Joint's 4-pound Belly Buster Burger, which boasts 10 slices of cheese, 30 pickle slices and an 18 oz. bun that has to be cooked in a cake pan.

Every Thursday, there will be Chowdown Challenges, pitting a traditional Fair vendor against a gourmet food truck. On July 28th, Chicken Charlie will go head-to-head against the OC Food Truck in the Deep-Fried Dessert Chowdown in Park Plaza.

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