Photo by Mark Schepker
The Hi-Pointe Drive-In's double cheeseburger, in all its gooey glory.
This weekend, the newly opened Hi-Pointe Drive-In becomes a battleground—a burger battleground, that is.
The latest venture from Sugarfire Smoke House chef-honcho Mike Johnson, which opened last month, will host two former competitors—Christina Fitzgerald and Jay Ducote—from Season 11 of Food Network Star, a reality TV show on Food Network that follows a dozen chefs competing for a chance to host their own show on the network.
The pair will duke it out once more this Sunday, February 12. Both will be in the restaurant, working to convince diners to order their "special." Whoever has the most-ordered burger from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. wins.
Fitzgerald, a St. Louis chef, will offer her Juicy Looshie burger: a cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped double cheeseburger with a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and dijonnaise on a pretzel bun with Sugarfire barbecue sauce.
Ducote, a chef and culinary personality from Louisiana (who finished runner-up on Season 11 of Food Network Star), will tout Big Jay's Cajun Burger: a cheddar-cheese burger made with Ducote's "special barbecue rub," praline bacon, grilled onions, and molasses mustard.
For $11.99, both specials come with a side and drink. Five dollars from every special sold during the battle will be donated to Hogs for the Cause, a New Orleans-based charity and barbecue festival that works with local and national children's hospitals. The organization supports pediatric brain cancer outreach and families affected by pediatric brain cancer.
Johnson will compete in this year's Hogs for the Cause festival in New Orleans, which runs March 31 to April 1. All funds raised by his team and via the burger battle will go to St. Louis Children's Hospital.