Middletown resident Mimi Chang wowed Bobby Flay during his national Burger Battle, earning a spot for her creation on the celebrity chef’s restaurant menu.
Chang was one of three finalists appearing on the Rachael Ray show Monday to compete in Flay’s competition. Her Korean-inspired Kalbi burger with kimchee slaw and fried egg made a strong impression.
“He’s happy with the first bite,” Ray said when Flay sampled the burger. “I know that look.”
The winning burger will be available at Bobby's Burger Palace beginning Jan. 1. Locations in Monmouth include the Freehold Raceway Mall and the Eatontown Mall.
Chang said that she began cooking with her mother from a young age, and her food features elements of her heritage.
“That’s why this burger is so special,” she said. “I wanted to find a way to fuse the flavors that I’m familiar with.”Flay called Chang’s creation a “very original burger” which “utilized something close to her heart.” His only criticism was that the egg should have been cooked less.
Check out video of Chang from the Rachael Ray Show here.