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Local Chef to Compete in National Burger Competition



The prestigious James Beard Foundation kicked off its annual burger competition, The Blended Burger Project, on May 29. Of the more than 300 participating restaurants is local chef Tom Hughbanks. The Montgomery County native who has entered his Blue Ribbon Bison Burger on the behalf of Harvest Plates & Pints, which is located within the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg.

“I take a lot of pride in what I do and where I am from,” said Hughbanks. “I hope my participation [in this competition] illustrates the quality and care I have for food and shows how diverse areas like, Montgomery County, can contribute to the evolving culinary landscape without having to be located within a major city.”