On Thursday, September 10, I’ll be at the Railyard in Santa Fe from 5:30 to 8:30 pm as one of the judges of the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, produced by Edible Santa Fe magazine. Above, you will see a typical native New Mexican green chile cheeseburger, which is rapidly becoming as iconic for this state as green chile itself. There are numerous contests for this delicacy, and I judged one at the New Mexico State Fair last year that was statewide. This one is for upscale Santa Fe restaurants. I’m presenting, in advance, photographs of all 8 finalists. At the end of this display, I will reveal my preliminary vote for Best Presentation. In a future post, I will show you the winner.
My vote for the Best Presentation is Cindy Barreras, Caffe Greco. I like the simplicity of this shot that shows you precisely what a basic green chile cheeseburger should look like, with the toppings on the side.