The Bud and Burgers National Competition, presented by Anheuser-Busch, took place in St. Louis on July 11. Now, contestants from the competition are saying that the judging was unfair because not everyone got a chance to try the burgers.
The contest was judged by renowned chef David Chang, who was given the task of finding the “king of burgers.” The prize of $100,000 went to a woman named Angie for her burger called the Angie Burger, but five out of the 10 contestants are saying the judging was biased to local competitors.
Spectators also went on social media to complain about the event, saying that the festivities weren’t worth the $20 they paid for tickets.
Anheuser-Busch published a statement on their Bud and Burgers page, saying: “We’re sorry to hear that some attendees didn’t get burgers at yesterday’s event. Due to overwhelming interest, we ran out 15 minutes earlier than expected, but we are offering refunds to people who didn’t get the full experience. If you were affected, refunds can be requested by emailing email@example.com.”
The winner of the contest was awarded $100,000 to support his or her culinary ambitions and will be invited to compete in a new cooking show called United States of Burgers, premiering soon on the Esquire Network.