T.G.I. Friday's® Restaurants Unleash The 'Ultimate' Burger

Carrollton, TX | January 12, 2009

After a nationwide recipe search to determine the ultimate burger recipe, a burger inspired by Harold Cohen, a 74-year-old retired plastic surgeon from Hollywood, Florida, will be featured at over 600 U.S. T.G.I. Friday's® restaurants beginning today.

Cohen's recipe was judged to be best in class by a panel of food experts on Food Network's "Ultimate Recipe Showdown," - a six-week series featuring everyday folks with the best recipes in America pitting their best dishes against one another for a $25,000 prize, national acclaim and the chance to have his or her recipe featured nationwide at T.G.I. Friday's (http://www.foodnetwork.com/ultimate-recipe-showdown/index.html). This is the second consecutive year in which winning recipes from the show have inspired entrees on the Friday's menu.

The ultimate result: The Triple Stacked Burger, a juicy beef patty with a zesty red pepper pimento blend of sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, topped with ham, crispy bacon, pickles and more cheese, all stacked on a toasted bun and served with fresh home-style potato chips.

"This burger is loaded with all the great flavors from the winning recipe," said Scott Randolph, senior director of culinary, R&D for T.G.I. Friday's USA. "We thought it was very 'Friday's' to serve this burger stacked, so instead of chopping the ham in with the patty as Harold did, we stacked it right on top of the burger with the bacon. It is very true to the original recipe and also very true to Friday's."

Earlier this month, over 600,000 members of Friday's guest recognition program, Give Me More Stripes™ (www.givememorestripes.com) received a coupon via email worth $5 off any Ultimate Recipe Showdown entrée. The coupon is valid through February 16, 2009.

Food Network's "Ultimate Recipe Showdown," in its second season, features original recipes, whittled down from thousands of submissions, in six categories — Comfort Food, Burgers, Cakes, Hot & Spicy, Desserts and Hometown Favorites. The show, hosted by Guy Fieri, aired last night with four finalists competing in two rounds: speed and signature dish. The show will air every Sunday at 9 pm ET/PT through February 15.

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