By Matt Schepeler
John Curley loves cooking so much that he will put his burgers up against any other burger in the world.
It is safe to say that competitive cooking is in the Curley blood, a 2003 Onsted High School graduate. He is the son of Bob and Colleen Curley, and his mother owns Cuisine with Colleen, a personal chef service. Colleen has participated in many competitions and has won awards for her dishes, most notably for her bacon (who doesn’t like bacon?) in the U.S. World Food Championships. So it is no surprise that John Curley recently won the Blended Burger Battle presented by Culinary Fight Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
As part of the spoils for this victory, his burger will be submitted to the Blended Burger Project presented by the James Beard Foundation, which he describes as “The food equivalent of the Academy Awards.”
“In addition, I have chosen to partner with my former hometown establishment, Johnnie’s Bar and grill in Onsted, which will feature this award-winning burger on their brand new food menu,” said Curley.
Not only is the burger going to be featured at Johnnie’s, but visitors to the bar have a chance to taste one specially made for them by John Curley himself. Curley, who now lives in South Carolina, is returning to Onsted June 9 “to make an appearance at Johnnie’s and to also prepare my award-winning burger for the patrons,” he said. He will be in the bar from around 5 p.m. until they quit serving food.
The day before, he will be in Michigan participating in the Burger and Brew bash in Ferndale, an event in which they bring in burger chefs, beer, wine, and spirit vendors. Last year he won the People’s Choice Award at the event and hopes to win the Judge’s Choice Award this year.
Of course, when it comes to enjoying a great burger, everyone in Onsted Saturday night can be winners.
“I am really looking forward to it,” said Curley.
Johnnie’s Bar and Grill is located at 130 N. Main St. in Onsted.