Cookout NYC 2012 – Winner’s Announced From A Delicious Day On Governor’s Island

Cookout NYC
Governor’s Island, NYC

It’s illegal to have a charcoal or propane grill in Manhattan and that’s IF you have the space to have one. We all love grill-outs, we just can’t all have them & that’s what makes  Cookout NYC such a special event. The fine folks at  Food Karma Projects gather up some of the best Chefs and Foods in NYC and bring them all together for 2 full afternoons of grilling magic on Governor’s Island.

Last year’s Cookout NYC, it’s inaugural year, was the single best event I have ever been to on Governor’s Island and far and above one the best I have ever attended outdoors in NYC. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait for it to return this summer. Along with the event also returned with the Fossil Farms Burger Cook-Off which I have been asked to be a judge both years. The event would also bring the 2nd Annual Kimchi-Eating Contest sponsored by Mama O’s Premium Kimchi.

Here’s a little blurb from the Cookout NYC team:

Fossil Farms
 burger cook-off with sustainable meat—beef, ostrich,lamb,
chicken and goat—sourced from family farms;participating will be Chef Ian
Kapitan of Alobar, Chef Adriano Ricco’s team from STK OUT, Mesa Coyacan,
and Chef Jeremy Bearman’s staff from Rouge Tomate;

More than 20 BBQ and grilling stations (samples guaranteed until 2 p.m.) with
offerings from John Brown’s Smokehouse, Blind Tiger, Jimmy’s No. 43, East
Village Meat Market, Lucky 777 Chili, King Phojanakong of Kuma Inn and
Umi Nom, a Hot Sauce &Wings cooking station,rooftop garden salads by
Brooklyn Grange and Growing Chefs, others;

A hot dog competition (decided by popular vote) with six stations featuring
Sabrett’s Hot &Spicy Hot Dogs with toppings from Sir Kensington Ketchup, My
Friend’s Mustard, Sabrett’s Classic Onion Sauce, Chili from Lucky 777 Chili, 
a kimchi dog, and a special entry by Chef Josetth Gordon.

The featured event of July Good Beer Month. Cook Out NYC™ also offers custom
beers by exclusive beer sponsor Six Point, which will be bringing back July Good Beer Month’s special “Signal” Smoked Pale Ale, along with Sehr Crisp Pils and five other brews.

Sangria, as well as other beverages,will be available for purchase. A stage with live music will feature local blues/bluegrass/Americana bands.

The event’s community and charitable partners include Just Food’s Farm School,
Family Cook Production’s Teen Battle Chef, and Kingsborough Community College.

Congrats and thank you to Jimmy Carbone (of Jimmy’s No. 43) and Erin McMonagle of Food Karma projects for producing another amazing Cookout NYC. Once again, it was an awesome day out on Governor’s Island.

Here are the OFFICIAL results of the Cook Off:


  • Judges Official Winner: Rich Pinto Catering – Vietnamese Inspired Hot Dog

(Photo and credit Thanks to the Experimental Gourmand)


  • Judges Official WinnerHigh Point Farms – Beef with Pepper Jack Cheese & Ketchup
– This mark’s High Point Farms 2nd year in a row as a victor!


  • Judges Official Winner: Jimmy’s No. 43 – Sirloin with Chimichurri Sauce


  • Official Winner: Graham “G-Man” with 2 1/3 jars of Kimchi

Video from the final 60 seconds of the contest:


More Food Porn from Cookout NYC

Jimmy’s No. 43
– Cabot Grilled cheese
– Braised pork shoulder taco w cilantro

Zio Ristorante NYC
– Fresh Figs with Pork Belly
– Grilled Lamb Burger with Goat Cheese and Red Onion Marmalade
This placed 2nd in the Burger Cook-Off. It was FREAKING AMAZING and worth you      going to the restaurant to eat. – 8 out of 10 Ounces

Cajun Ken & the Penthouse Boys
– BBQ Chicken and Sausage with “XXX” & Slap My Cajun Ass Creole Hot Sauces

John Brown Smokehouse AKA “Brisket King of NYC
– Grilled Lamb Sausage with Spicy Slaw
– Skirt Steak with Vinegary Slaw and Jalapeno Relish 

Bar Bruno & Mama O’s Spicy Kimchi
– Kimchi Steak Tacos with Chipotle Sauce

High River Sauces
– Hellacious Hot Sauce
– Tears of the Sun Sauce
– Top Fuel Verde Sauce

Alobar Restaurant
– Ground Wild Boar Burger with Fresh Vegetable savory Salsa
I absolutely loved this Burger. It was light like a Turkey Burger but had the flavor profile of Pork. The Salsa added just enough juice to keep it moist. The choice of a soft White Bun allowed the Wild Boar to dominate the flavor of the Sandwich. – 8 out of 10 Ounces.

Blind Tiger Ale House
– Salmon Burger with Kimchi and an Asian Relish.
This placed 3rd in the Burger Cook-Off. I can’t stand Seafood so I didn’t try but others who I talked to at Cookout NYC loved it.

My Friend’s Mustard
– Sabrett’s Hot and Spicy Frankfurter topped with Tomatillo-Radish Slaw & Agave-Sixpoint IPA Mustard.
This placed 3rd in the conest but overall was my favorite of the Dogs. How can you go wrong with Mustard made from Beer!??!

546 Burgers

July 7, 2012 – 2:11 pm


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