Tucker, GA — Tucker eateries have something new to brag about after a weekend of winning food competitions near and far.
Tucker Meat Market took 4th place in the burger category of the World Food Championships in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 9. Chefs from across the U.S. were competing in categories from bacon to dessert. Tucker Meat Market’s entry was a Southwestern chili vegetarian burger dubbed “Eat it, Peggy,” named after an inside joke among friends at the shop.
In October, Tucker Meat Market won the best entrée, Mammoth Burger, at Taste of Tucker.
Andrea Woolf, owner of Tucker Meat Market, said her team of three will advance onto a competition against the 10 other burger champs this afternoon, Nov. 9. That’s the last stop before the final table, or competition, in North Carolina bringing together all of the food categories. The date for the final competition has not been announced, but Woolf said it is usually a few months down the road.
Hungry Hippo Eats food truck, owned by husband-and-wife team Kerri and Johny Walker, won the fried wings category at the Gainesville Chicken Festival on Nov. 6. The “official chicken festival of Georgia” is formerly known as the Gainesville Spring Chicken, but was rescheduled and renamed due to COVID-19.
The Walkers have lived in Tucker for 15 years.
Hungry Hippo Eats’ fried Haitian chicken wings are a specialty of Johny, whose nickname is “The Haitian Jerk.” Kerri said her husband is actually a laid-back, fun guy who has never met a stranger. Johny hails from New York, and spent part of his childhood in Haiti.
Hungry Hippo Eats can be found at Stillfire Brewing, Slow Pour Brewing Company, Glover Park Brewery, festivals and beyond.
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