A meat patty, lettuce, tomato, condiments and two buns were all it took for Luciana Page to make it to a national stage.
The Florida International University hospitality-management student submitted her burger recipe to Red Robin’s Savory Scholarship Contest last month.
“When I got the news, it was like winning the lottery and checking the ticket over and over,” Page said in an email interview.
Besides a $10,000 scholarship and a three-month internship at Yummm U — Red Robin’s culinary and research facility in Colorado — Page’s Korean Kalbi BBQ burger recipe will be an option on Red’s Tavern Double style menu. The menu, whose selections start at $6.99, will be available across the chain’s more than 450 nationwide locations sometime this year.
Floriday International University hospitality management student Luciana Page will serve her scholarship-winning burger to more than 3,000 attendees at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Feb. 22.
“The burger is such a great canvas — and the students certainly prove that to us,” Red Robin senior vice president Denny Marie Post said.
The contest was borne out of a conversation between Post and Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder Lee Schrager.
Post and her team selected 10 finalists from more than 100 entries. Those were eventually whittled down to two, which Post and several Red Robin chefs tasted.
Page’s winning recipe is a mix of Korean BBQ sauce, paste, pickled cucumbers and cabbage, topped with a Brioche bun. She said she learned a lot about Korean cooking growing up in the kitchen with her mother.
“She is a wonderful cook and luckily I got some of her genes.”
Born in Brazil to South Korean parents, Page moved to Denver at 13. After jumping from pre-med to law to banking, she registered into FIU’s hospitality school last month with the goal of becoming a hotel executive. She hopes to get a master’s degree in three years.
“Now, I can only imagine what else may interest me in the next three years,” she said.
For FIU’s hospitality school, Page’s accomplishment is also significant.
“We don’t even have a culinary school,” FIU’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Dean Mike Hampton said. “To have an opportunity like this for hospitality students, it’s really good.”
Page will serve her burger to the more than 3,000 South Beach Wine & Food Festival attendees during the Amstel Light Burger Bash, which is hosted by Food Network star Rachael Ray.
Post hopes the burger will be a hit, but she already has an alternate name in mind, joking that the burger’s style name should be named after another famous South Korean.
“I’m very tempted to call it Gangnam Style,” she said.
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