December 10, 2010
Citrus Heights boy's burger recipe doesn't nab grand prize

Dominic Staiti action shot.jpegBy Niesha Lofing

Dominic Staiti gave it his best, but in the end, his burger creation for the Red Robin Kids' Cook-Off Championship was beat Thursday by a cheesy burger topped with lava sauce.

Staiti (shown here in a photo by (Jack Dempsey/AP Images for Red Robin)
was one of 10 finalists in the fifth annual competition, held Thursday in Denver. The recipe for Staiti's creation, a jalapeño cornbread chili burger, will be included in the Red Robin Kids' Cookbook, which will be available for free to download from the restaurant chain's site next summer, a company news release states.

The grand prize went to Donovan Duggins, 12, of Wichita, Kan. For Mt. Vesuvius Burger, a beef patty topped with crumbled blue cheese, bacon, provolone cheese and a lava sauce that includes sweet barbecue sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder and paprika, all between a sesame seed bun.

The burger will be sold in Red Robin restaurants nationwide in summer 2011, and 50 cents of every Mt. Vesuvius Burger sold will support the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's (NCMEC) child safety efforts, the release states. Duggins also won a family vacation to Universal Orlando Resort and a year supply of Red Robin gift cards.

For more about Staiti and his burger, check out this previous Appetizers post.

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