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  • David Burke's world is comprised of much more than recipes, restaurants, and creative cuisine. Chef Burke also inhabits a universe of television appearances, charity events, food festivals, culinary design, manufacturing, product development and red carpet appearances in an effort to bring the pleasure of his inventive modern American cuisine to the masses. Step inside David's world for a moment and have a look at a day or a week in the life of one of America's premiere celebrity chefs!
  • 02/18/2014

    Heritage Radio "Word of Mouth"

    Burke was a featured guest on Heritage Radio's weekly "Word of Mouth" show on February 18th. The segment covered Chef Burke's early cooking class experiences as well as his time at The River Cafe and the expansion of The David Burke Group.
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  • 02/10/2014

    IRC New Roots Fashion Week Pop Up

    The International Rescue Committee held a pop-up for New York Fashion Week at the Empire Hotel on February 9th and 10th. As Chef Burke is a representative of the IRC, he was a sure fit to provide healthy dishes showcasing the Committee's "New Roots" Program. Dishes included a Front Row Reuben, Curated Quinoa, Couture Chicken Salad, and, of course, Chef Burke's Signature Cheesecake Lollipops as a sweet ending.
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  • 02/01/2014

    Pepsi Super Bowl Event

    PepsiCo hosted a free three-day bash in Bryant Park for the Super Bowl. Any attendee could wander through a 10,000 square foot dome called “PepCity.” In addition to a Ziggy Marley concert, Chef Burke aided in the development of Pepsi-inspired treats, including Rold Gold Pretzel Crusted Crab Cakes, Mountain Dew and Lemon Pepper Bacon Tacos, Cherry Pepsi BBQ Chicken Wings and many more. 


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  • 01/31/2014

    NFL AM "Dueling Dishes"

    Chef Burke was a guest on NFL AM’s “Dueling Dishes” segment, which pairs two dishes representing two different football team locales and pairs them against each other. Since Burke was the guest the weekend before the Super Bowl, he created a Broncos dish, Dry Aged Bison with French Fry “Charlotte” and Petite Caesar, and a Seahawks dish, Watercress Flapjack with Local Seattle Salmon.


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  • 01/29/2014

    Inside Edition

    Inside Edition's Super Bowl correspondent, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas received a lesson in Super Bowl entertaining on January 29th. Chef Burke and Douglas cooked up some of his favorite game-day dishes, including Kobe Badass Dogs with Angry Onions and Onion Jam, Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese, and Crispy & Spicy Chicken Tacos with homemade blue cheese dipping sauce.
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  • 01/27/2014

    WGN Chicago "Lunch Break:

    On January 27, Burke appeared on WGN Chicago’s “Lunch Break” segment, talking about Super Bowl catering ideas. In addition, Burke’s Bacon Bar “handwiches” were talked about, specifically with regards to their being a perfect Super Bowl party snack addition.


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  • 01/21/2014

    Chef's Deliver - City Meals on Wheels

    In the company of Charlie Palmer, Vikas Khanna and Cesare Casella, Burke took part in City Meals on Wheels “Chefs Deliver” initiative on January 21. Started by Wheels’ board co-president Daniel Boulud, this initiative has star chef prepared meals delivered to families in need. Chef Burke hand delivered four meals and prepared 100 others to be picked up and distributed.


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  • 01/08/2014

    Windy City Live

    Chef Burke discussed his easy and affordable Super Bowl entertaining ideas at Windy City Live on January 8th. In addition, he served up catering ideas from Burke’s Bacon Bar, located at the James Hotel Chicago. Audience members were lucky enough to receive a Bacon Bar cookie at the end of the segment.


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  • 12/20/2013

    Visit to Mount Sinai

    On December 20, Chef Burke hand delivered full-to-the-brim gift baskets to families affected by cancer at Mount Sinai. Treats from David Burke at Bloomingdale’s were given.


  • 12/16/2013

    Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival

    During the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, held from December 13 - December 17, Chef Burke hosted "The Last Supper" event on January 16. Chef prepared Wild Mushroom Ravioli with pear & celery root puree and truffle broth. Other participating chefs included Todd English, Joanne Chang and Clay Conley.
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  • 11/29/2013

    Turkey Trotting

    Chef Burke gave thanks this year by giving back. On Saturday, November 23, he, Coffee Afficionado and Hudson Bread teamed up to donate 200 turkeys, coffee, David Burke Cheesecake Lollipops and other Thanksgiving essentials to the Red Bank Salvation Army and the Union Beach Gateway Church in David's home state of New Jersey. The next day, he and Chef Mario Batali prepped and cooked dozens of Thanksgiving packages at the Food Bank of New York City, which were delivered to needy families the next day.
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  • 10/25/2013

    The 5th Anniversary Dream Dinner

    To commemorate the 5th Anniversary of Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, we are participating in the "Dream Dinner"! Among our fellow top notch Jersey Shore chefs, Phil Deffina of David Burke Fromagerie will be hosting the event with Chef Mike of Atlantic Bar & Grill, Chef Mark of Black Trumpet, Chef Brandl of Brandl and Chef Terry of Shipwreck Grill.  Click "Learn More" to view the full menu.
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  • 10/11/2013

    Ode to the Apple!

    Celebrate the Autumnal apple at the peak of its season at David Burke Group restaurants. From October 20 - 26, enjoy our special $55 four-course prix-fixe menu, with apples playing various roles in each dish. 

    MENU
    FIRST
    HUDSON VALLEY ROASTED FOIE GRAS
    mini baked apple / apple puree / hazelnuts / apple whisky


    SECOND
    choice of:

    TUNA TARTARE
    apples / creme fraiche / apple chips

    BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
    lady apple dumpling


    THIRD
    choice of:

    PORK STEAK AU POIVRE
    crackling calvados sauce / apple home fries

    ROASTED DIVER SEA SCALLOPS
    curried cauliflower-apple puree / baby spinach / brown butter caper-raisin sauce


    FOURTH
    choice of:

    APPLE WITH GREEN TEA
    apple granite / maple gelee / vanilla gelato

    CARAMELIZED APPLE TART
    apple caramel sauce / vanilla gelato


  • 10/04/2013

    Heating Things Up at Bloomingdale's

    Bloomingdale's welcomed Chef Burke for cooking demonstrations the third week in September at three of the iconic department store's locations. During each visit, he cooked for dozens of VIPs, first at the Bergen, NJ store, then at the White Plains, NY Bloomingdale's, and finally at the Short Hills location. On the menu were tastings of tomato gazpacho with shrimp salad and guacamole, a lobster scramble with caviar, short rib with jack cheese, polenta and corn, a strawberry-pineapple tart and of course, David Burke's signature Cheesecake Lollipops. Guests also got samples of flavor sprays from Skinny Eats, where Chef Burke serves as the chief culinary advisor.
  • 09/30/2013

    Chef Goes South of the Border

    In September, Chef Burke traveled to the Mexican city of Oaxaca to learn about the Mezcal from Oaxaca Project. The aim of the project is to preserve, educate and share the love for the land and traditions passed down from generation to generation, including the production of mezcal. David and fellow chefs Andrew Carmellini, Johnny Iuzzuni and Conor Hanlon were educated about the ancestral tradition of mezcal, made from the heart of the maguey plant which grows in the mountains of Oaxaca. In America, the artisanal spirit is a popular ingredient in craft and vintage-style cocktails. In addition to visiting the fields where the pants are grown and witnessing the roasting of them to distill the mezcal, the chefs dined at Casa Oaxaca, where celebrated Mexican Chef Alejandro Ruiz served his finest examples of regional Oaxacan cuisine; they toured the historic 17th century town and visited the oldest market, the Mercado de Abastos; and they attended the opening night of El Saber Del Sabor, a night that gathers together Mexico's top chefs to celebrate the gastronomy of Oaxaca.
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  • 09/20/2013

    Food Festival Fun

    David Burke restaurants were well represented at two top food festivals in September. Chef served a dry-aged beef salad with watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, burrata cheese and asparagus, as well as Angry Lobster, at the Southern Westchester Food and Wine Festival. The next day, David Burke Fromagerie's Phil Deffina demonstrated creating pork chops with little neck clams and pepper in front of a crowd at the Culinary Classic at Red Bank. Copious amounts of Cheesecake Lollipops were handed out at each!
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  • 09/17/2013

    Cooking for Cancer with Ming Tsai

    On September 17, David Burke joined forces with other top chefs including Marc Forgione, Johnny Luzzini and Amanda Cohen at the Ritz Carlton New York for the event "Cooking Live with Chef Ming Tsai and Friends." Each chef was paired with someone who is fighting cancer, and the chefs squared off in front of 160 guests to cook. David wowed with an appetizer of pastrami salmon with corn blini and horseradish, and an entree of beef cheeks and dry-aged sirloin with arugula and leek puree. In the end, over $300,000 was raised to support Family Reach in its mission to aid families fighting this disease. 
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  • 09/15/2013

    What Makes Great Steak?

    Rare or medium-rare? Dry=aged or wet-aged? Who better to oversee a debate on this "hot" topic than David Burke himself? On September 15, David emceed InsideHook's "Great Steak Debate," welcoming eight of the country's best steak purveyors to David Burke Kitchen at the James Hotel New York. Guests including GQ contributing editor and James Beard Award-winner Alan Richman, Tasting Table CEO Geoff Bartakovics, and Serious Eats "Meat Bureau Chief" Nick Solares. There was lots of eating, drinking, and judging everything from marbling to tenderness to taste. The steak that reigned supreme was from a company based in Atlanta called Halperns.
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  • 08/30/2013

    Jersey Boys go to the Hamptons

    Three fabulous events were the highlight of the culinary social season in the Hamptons this summer and Chef Burke and his team played a role in each. At the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack in July, The James Beard Foundation's Chefs & Champagne New York soiree honored Andrew Zimmern, the host of the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods." Chefs serving the crowd included David Burke Kitchen's Zac Young, Morimoto's Masaharu Morimoto and Fresh's crowd included Todd Jacobs. In August, Chef Burke served up dry-aged beef over a salad of watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, asparagus and burrata cheese to celebrity supporters of La Palestra Kids, which raises money to educate inner-city, low-income children about the benefits of healthy living. Finally, later in the month, ultra-famous wedding planner Colin Cowie provided the decor while CHef Burke cooked 1950's-inspired "diner food with a twist" for the elite attendees of former Wall Street icon Michael Milken's bash benefiting the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
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  • 08/26/2013

    Chef Burke at the US Open for the Second Year in a Row!

    For the second year running, Chef David Burke is proud to be one of the featured celebrity chefs to host the spectators and players of the 2013 U.S. Tennis Open. From now through September 9th, he'll be at the helm at Champions Bar and Grill by David Burke, located in the U.S. Open Tennis Center. Among other sublime dishes, hand-picked cuts of prime beef are the highlight. One of the greatest American sporting tournaments and one of the greatest American chefs -- that's a match that works well!
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  • 08/24/2013

    Bravo "Top Chef Masters"

    David Burke tops the list of 13 award-winning chefs who are competing, alongside their sous chefs, for $100,000 for their charity. Season 5 of Bravo's top cooking show challenged the chefs to work together to earn immunity, and not just through cooking =-- yes, that was David Burke skydiving out of an airplane! Chef Burke and his chef Chris Shea are competing for Table to Table, a community-based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations that serve the hungry in Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Passaic counties, New Jersey, David's home state. Check out this great organization at https://www.tabletotable.org/. "Top Chef Masters" airs at 10 P.M. Wednesdays on Bravo.
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  • 08/15/2013

    Cooking with the "Real Housewives"

    David was the celebrity chef du jour for the South Hampton ladies luncheon that former "Real Housewives of New York City" star Jill Zarin threw to benefit St. Jude's Research Hospital in July. David took over the kitchen at her swanky mansion, turning out Angry Lobster and mini beef sliders for the likes of Zarin and her other "Real Housewives" pals, plus models Christy Brinkley and Carol Alt, as well as "Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger. The ladies loved learning about what made his lobster "angry," and the sliders were the hit of the party!
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  • 08/06/2013

    Restaurant Hospitality Kudos

    The David Burke Group was just recognized by Restaurant Hospitality magazine as having one of the "Coolest Multiconcept Companies in the Land." The article highlights restaurant corporations that have an enviable business concept that others can't wait to replicate. The magazine chose the Burke Group for the list because of the numerous incarnations of Chef Burke's creative vision, from David Burke Townhouse to David Burke Fishtail, from Burke in the Box to David Burke's Primehouse. Restaurant Hospitality writes that "If there's ever a call for a culinary Mt. Rushmore, David Burke would certainly get heavy consideration for a place on the mountain."
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  • 04/22/2013

    Archer Hotel Opening

    On April 22, Chef Burke was delighted to announce that his next restaurant will open early next year in the new Archer Hotel New York, an upscale boutique hotel being built on W. 38th Street. The hotel's design will pay homage to the industrial aesthetic of the area's former factories. In addition to Chef Burke's new rustic American restaurant, the hotel will feature a rooftop bar and event space, and 180 "residential-minded" rooms.
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  • 04/12/2013

    Bloomberg TV's "Taking Stock"

    On April 12, Chef Burke appeared on Bloomberg TV's "Taking Stock." He talked about his beginnings in the food industry, the turning point of his career as it happened at the River Cafe in Brooklyn, and the opening of his newest restaurants at the Archer Hotel New York early next year. 
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  • 04/10/2013

    CBS's "The Couch"

    Chef Burke was a featured guest, along with "The Real Housewives of New York City's" Jill Zarin, on CBS New York's "Live From the Couch." Chef Burke demonstrated how to make one of his award-winning Double Juicy Burkey Burgers, which is a top=seller at David Burke at Bloomingdale's and is stuffed with cheddar cheese and caramelized onions. The hosts dug into the burger and several other treats Chef Burke brought along with him, after the demonstration.
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  • 04/05/2013

    Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Donation

    Recently, Chef Burke and Skuna Bay Salmon donated a total of $4,200 to the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune, New Jersey. Chef Burke took a walk-through of the Foodbank, which aims to curb hunger and provide healthy, nutritious meals to families in the counties. 



  • 11/26/2012

    David Named NJRA Restaurateur of the Year

    On November 26, the New Jersey Restaurant Association hosted its annual Gold Plate and Restaurateur of the Year gala. At the premier event, Chef Burke was bestowed with the organization’s highest honor: the Restaurateur of the Year award, for his award-winning restaurant Fromagerie, in Rumson. Chef worked at the restaurant at the beginning of his career and was proud to purchase it many years later. Through member education, advocacy, networking, and support, the NJRA has become an essential ingredient for successful and professional eating and drinking establishments, vendors, non-profits, schools and students in the Garden State. 


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  • 11/08/2012

    Annual Freedom Awards

    On November 8, Chef Burke was honored to speak at the annual Freedom Award Dinner for the International Rescue Committee, an organization that provides relief to refugees in more than 40 countries.  The event, which was hosted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, honored John C. Whitehead, a longtime New Yorker who has served on the board since 1979. Chef Burke is involved with the IRC through an initiative called “New Roots,” which helps refugees adjust to their new lives in the U.S. by giving them land to farm.  In his speech at the gala, Chef told the story of how he put Burmese refugee and new employee Ah Lun's soup on the menu at David Burke Kitchen in Manhattan. Ah Lun, who farms at the New Roots garden in the Bronx, hopes one day to open his own restaurant. The event raised $4 million.


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  • 10/29/2012

    Helping Sandy Relief Efforts

    On October  29, the  David Burke Group was reminded that we truly are a team when we witnessed the havoc that Superstorm Sandy wreaked on our friends and family in New York and New Jersey.  While most of our restaurants were forced to close during that time, Fishtail in Manhattan remained open, and Chef Burke and his sons Connor and Dylan were on hand to feed hungry employees and neighbors. In New Jersey, Chef arranged for 125 pounds of Skuna salmon to be donated to the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean counties, and he and his staff made and delivered 500 Burke in the Box lunches for Keansburg and Union Beach residents who lost their homes to the storm. Fromagerie chefs Phil Deffina and Stuart Marx cooked breakfast for several hundred displaced Sea Bright residents and fed volunteers working on disaster recovery in Sea Bright, as well as Rumson and Fair Haven fire departments and a comfort station set up in Bingham Hall, Rumson. 


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  • 09/07/2012

    Chef Burke Teaming with the International Rescue Committee

    Chef Burke became an official spokesman for the International Rescue Committee on September 6th, joining "Parks and Recreation" star, Rashida Jones, and "Homeland" regular, Morena Baccarin, among others, in an effort to raise awareness for the cause. Chef Burke's platform for the Committee is promoting the availability of healthy, fresh produce for everyone, and he is thrilled to be a part of the team!
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  • 08/29/2012

    The Daily Meal


    Chef Burke is participating in an 8 week feature on the Daily Meal, a leading blog concerning food, wine, and entertaining. Each week, he will post an article, taking readers into the mind of one of the top chefs in the country!

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  • 08/24/2012

    Second Annual GenR Party

    On July 24, Chef Burke and the International Rescue Committee partnered to host the Second Annual GenR Party at David Burke Kitchen. Proceeds from the event went to the committee and supported the New Roots campaign. New Roots farmer and refugee, Ah Lun, gave a truly touching speech expressing his gratitude to the IRC and his excitement about the opportunity to work with Chef Burke at one of his restaurants. Morena Baccarin, star of Showtime’s Homeland hosted the event. It was surely a night to remember!


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  • 08/24/2012

    Chef Burke at the US Open

    The US Open will be hosting Chef Burke, as well as all-stars Masaharu Morimoto and Tony Mantuano to cook for guests, players, and coaches alike. Burke will be preparing nine of his signature dishes for the Champions Bar and Grille restaurant, located at Arthur Ashe Stadium.


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  • 08/09/2012

    CBS's The Couch


    Chef Burke showed off his whimsical side on CBS's "The Couch" August 8, whipping up some of his favorite dishes. Cooking with Alex Denis in the Garden of David Burke Kitchen, Burke highlighted a watermelon salad, tuna tacos, and several of his savory signature push pops.
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  • 07/05/2012

    Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell

    Chef Burke got a new executive chef for his Rumson, NJ restaurant, Fromagerie, on July 5. As the featured guest on Food Network’s Chef Wanted, Anne Burrell will be bringing in four candidates she think can make the grade; a chef who can blend with Burke’s staff and cook along the lines of his own trademark, whimsical style. Tune in on July 5 at 10 PM to see who makes the cut!

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  • 06/21/2012

    IRC Drew Garden Visit

    Chef Burke visited a group of refugee farmers in the New Roots farm at Drew Garden in the Bronx, creating an improvised, “on the fly” lunch dish with freshly picked ingredients. The farm is supported by the International Rescue Committee, which provides aid to refugees and other victims of oppression around the world.

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  • 06/05/2012

    The Great Gathering of Chefs

    Some of the city's most renowned chefs gathered to raise money for “Action Against Hunger” and to celebrate the launch of the new book “Street Eats” by acclaimed photographer Battman (Alan Batt). During the first part of the event, VIP guests mingled with such culinary stars as Bill Telepan, Marc Murphy and David Burke as they signed copies of the hot-off-the-press Street Eats.

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  • 06/04/2012

    City Meals on Wheels – Chefs’ Tribute

    Chef Burke served his signature dishes with the likes of other well-regarded NYC chefs, including Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert, and Marcus Samuellson, at the 27th Annual Meals On Wheels Chefs Tribute. With the event being themed as “chef’s favorite movies,” Chef Burke had a chance to show off his whimsical side and take people into “Burke’s World.” Serving his signature cheesecake lollipops and savory push pop hors d’oeuvres, he completed the picture by having ‘Oz dressed servers and featured a Himalayan rock salt yellow brick road.

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  • 06/03/2012

    Studio Square BBQ

    David Burke and Sam Adams Beer partnered to host the 2nd Annual Summer Spit BBQ in The Garden at Studio Square NYC, offering guests an eclectic menu of barbecue fare. Among the special Chef prepared dishes were two full hogs slow cooked on a custom-built rotisserie spit. All menu items were paired with one of eight different Sam Adams brews and select bourbons supplied by Jim Beam. There was also live music, an interactive brewing demonstration, and a Q&A session with Chef Burke.

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  • 05/08/2012

    Table to Table – Chefs’ Gala

    David Burke, among other critically acclaimed and well-known chefs, honored the fabulous Lydia Bastianich at Table to Table’s “Chef’s Gala” on May 8th. Located at the Alpine Country Club in Demarest, NJ, each chef prepared a special dish for Bastianich; Chef Burke chose to highlight his burrata with prosciutto, asparagus, olive crumbs, parmasan tuile, arugula, and Lidia’s bagna cauda vinaigrette.

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  • 05/06/2012

    Chicago NRA Show

    Chef Burke demonstrated some of his signature dishes to a packed audience of industry representatives at the National Restaurant Association’s Chicago show on May 6. The menu included lobster scramble, ants on a log, angry lobster, and his newest creation, “cow-a-mari” beef aorta, cooked like calamari rings.

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  • 04/21/2012

    Tribeca Film Festival and Time Warner Cable

    Chef David Burke of David Burke Kitchen joined Time Warner Cable on the red carpet at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In to create and distribute two gourmet flavors of popcorn (coconut curry & parmesan basil pesto) to 1,500+ attendees of an outdoor screening of Knuckleball.

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  • 04/01/2012

    Worst Cooks in America on The Food Network

    On April 4, Chef Burke became the featured head judge on Food Network’s finale episode of Worst Cooks in America, hosted by Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell. Filmed at David Burke Kitchen in SoHo, NY, Chef was accompanied in judging by Marcus Samuelsson and Susan Feniger.

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  • 03/01/2012

    Trip to Australia with Denihan Hospitality

    Chef Burke traveled to Sydney, Australia in March to promote Denihan Hospitality Group. Denihan owns the James Hotels in both New York and Chicago, where Chef houses David  Burke Kitchen and Primehouse, respectively, he was more than happy to help the brand! Joining him on his journey was celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian, who also is affiliated with the Denihan family.

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  • 02/28/2012

    “The Mentor” on Bloomberg TV

    Chef Burke was featured on Bloomberg TV’s “The Mentor” on February 28, mentoring Breckenridge Bourbon owner Bryan Nolt. Nolt cornered the Colorado market and received several awards from around the world; this success propelled him to attempt his breaking into the largest consumption market in America: New York City. Chef Burke advised Bryan on how to get the buzz going about Breckenridge Bourbon with the tastemakers of the Big Apple.

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  • 02/01/2012

    Johnson & Wales University

    Chef Burke was honored as the 165th Distinguished Visiting Chef at Johnson & Wales University. Chef Burke demonstrated cooking his dishes for JWU students and awarded a student a $2,000 scholarship.

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