Guy Fieri’s Big Winner in Atlantic City

by in View All Posts, July 31st, 2010
Guy Fieri's Cheesesteak Battle at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Photo by Tom Briglia.
Guy Fieri's Cheesesteak Battle at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Photo by Tom Briglia

Good morning and hello from the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival! I’ll be sharing some of the scene here on the Dish over the next few days, provided I don’t pass out from all the deliciousness around me.

The Cheesesteak Winner! Photo by Tom Briglia.
The cheesesteak winner, Michael Hauke from Tony Boloney's in Atlanic City. Photo by Tom Briglia

Last night started off at the sold out Guy Fieri‘s Cheesesteak Battle at Caesar’s Palace. This was a big bold event just like you’d expect from Guy, with local competitors handing out cheesesteaks to a hungry crowd. Live music gave the Battle a great party vibe.  The 800-plus crowd voted and bragging rights went to local favorite Tony Boloney’s.

After mingling with some great Guy fans and eating my weight in cheesesteaks, I headed down the boardwalk to Sammy’s Beach Bar (yes, Sammy Hagar of Van Halen fame) for the Maker’s Mark Cigar and Whiskey Gala. Directly on the beach, this was the place to end the night for everyone at the festival, including Next Food Network Star contestants Tom, Brad, Serena and Aarti.

I’m off to more events and more eating today. I can’t wait to share all the fun we’re having in Atlantic City. And yes, there will be delicious photos!

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Comments (14)

  1. Mike says:

    The event was SO MUCH FUN! Guy was real cool, Harrah's, Jon Henderson and Food Network did such a great job, and we can't wait to compete again next year!!! -Mike, Owner Tony Boloney's

  2. Cliff from NJ says:

    This was the worst event I ever attended and I'm seriously disappointed as a loyal food network fan.

    With a name like "Guy Fieri's Cheesesteak Battle", I assumed 2 things: (1) It would be a "battle" like iron chef or chopped and (2) Guy Fieri would actually be there…like a host or MC. Neither of which were true.

    Event was outside in 90 degree heat, it was muggy and started raining. You had to wait in overcrowded lines for cheesesteaks and walk through grass which turned to mud. My wife and her heals didn't appreciate this at all.

    We paid $80 a ticket because we thought we were going to a 3 hr event/show, INDOORS, with FOOD NETWORK QUALITY CHEFS…NOPE. Cheesesteaks were from sub-par establishments and chain restaurants. Lee's Hoagies had the best steak and it was a 6 on a scale of 1-10 for anyone who has ever been to philly.

    We left after an hour and a half so maybe Guy eventually showed his face. I don't really care, it was an awful event that took advantage of Guy's fans by attaching his name to it. I had come to expect more from the Food Network brand.

    Now the only thing I can do is spread the word on as many web/social media sites that I can so other fans are not taken advantage of next year. At least in this day and age we get to fight back.

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