COLUMBIA — Someone call Bobby Flay and let him know a burger showdown is coming to Columbia.
Stadium Grill has extended an invitation to six local celebrities to see who can make the most appetizing burger for the restaurant's first Great American Burger Challenge. The winning burger will be placed on Stadium Grill’s menu for a year and 50 cents from each purchase of that burger will be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice. The contestants are:
- Chris Belcher, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, who has chosen the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri
- Tom Bradley of radio station The Eagle 93.9, who has chosen Central Missouri Honor Flight
- T.J. Cleveland, Missouri men’s basketball assistant coach, who has chosen Granny’s House
- Mike Kelly, commentator for the Missouri Tigers, who has chosen Segs4Vets
- Mayor Bob McDavid, who has chosen the Voluntary Action Center
- Roger Wilson, former Missouri governor, who has chosen the Central Missouri Food Bank
Stadium Grill has had one celebrity's burger on its menu each week since August. This week, the last week of the competition, will feature Mike Kelly’s West Coast Cheddar Burger, a patty topped with roasted turkey, guacamole and sprouts smothered in cheddar cheese sauce.
Restaurant officials chose contestants based on four criteria, according to Jenny Bondurant of Catchphrase Communications, which is working with Stadium Grill on the contest:
- Whom restaurant officials knew
- Who would have fun with the contest
- Who regularly visited the restaurant
- Who would most appropriately represent different aspects of the community
The idea began as a way “to help people celebrate summer and grilling season…also to celebrate local charities (and) get local celebrities involved,” Bondurant said.
Voters can cast their ballots in the restaurant or online through Wednesday. The winner will be announced at Stadium Grill's special event at 6 p.m. Sept. 30., where all six burgers will be showcased.