Local woman wins burger challenge


Luciana Page took her husband Jayson’s advice, and it paid off — big time.

He advised his wife, a culinary student at Florida International University (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, to submit her burger recipe to Red Robin’s Savory Scholar Contest.

“He the brainstormer, the taster,” she says. “If we’re out at a restaurant, and he likes something I’ll Google it when I get home and make it for him.”

Luciana clinched a $10,000 scholarship and three-month internship at Yummm U, Red Robin’s research and development and culinary facility.

The Brazilian native’s creation was a nod to her Korean heritage. The BBQ burger — which she’ll serve at the Amstel Light Burger Bash Friday — has an Asian feel and may end up on RR’s menu.

“Instead of ketchup or mayonnaise, I spread bean paste and red pepper sauce,” the Hollywood resident, 36, explains. “To replicate the crunchy feel that most people expect, I used raw cabbage and pickled cucumbers.”

Isn’t it ironic? Page, who graduated from Cooper City High School, isn’t even a burger person (osso bucco would be her pick). “That’s what makes it even more special.”

Jayson, an engineer, is duly proud. “He’s beside himself with excitement,” she says.

Madeleine Marr

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