Hot Tails’ Executive Sous Chef takes home top honors at Bull Burger Battle

True as the saying goes, “if at first you don’t succeed, try again”, Owen Hohl recently took on Bull Outdoor® Product’s Bull Burger Battle challenge for the second year in a row. Driven by redemption after a disappointing defeat in 2013, this time, Hohl walked away with the first place honors. Chef Owen Hohl, who turned in his original Cajun Burger recipe, will now go on to compete in the World Burger Championship as part of Team Bull at the World Food Championships in Downtown Las Vegas, Nov. 12-18.

At just 25 years old, Chef Owen Hohl has already managed to acquire more than 10 years of culinary experience on his resume and is currently the executive sous chef at Hot Tails restaurant in Baton Rouge.

“Last year, I did my own bun, my own meat – all these extravagant things – and I didn’t even place,” said Hohl. “As a chef, my mind runs a million miles a minute and I don’t think simple, I think, ‘what else can I do?’” But after conferring with the judges post-competition, it turned out that “simple” was exactly what these burger judges were looking for.

“It’s a burger, and at the end of the day, that’s what you want to make sure the judges are tasting,” said Hohl.

Hohl, who heralds burgers as being one of his favorite menu items, turned in his Cajun Burger, which was largely inspired by the flavor profile of his Baton Rouge roots, highlighting Andouille, smoked gouda and a homemade pickled peppers and remoulade sauce.

Between now and November, Hohl plans to keep practicing his Cajun Burger, making a few changes here and there, but sticking to his newfound competition mindset of keeping things simple and letting the flavors speak for themselves.

View the complete scores from the Baton Rouge Bull Burger Battle below:

Competitor Name of Recipe Overall Execution Appearance Taste
Owen Hohl Cajun Burger 87 34 30 35
Gerard Quigly Mexican Burger 82.8333 32 33 30
Dominick Bianca Cajun Thunder Burger 82.6667 30 32 34
Rhonda Titus Downton Abbey Burger 82.3333 30 29 32
Leslie Gautreau OG Burger 82.1667 33 31 29
Brian Boudreaux The Burr 81.8333 32 30 31
Jeff Boudreaux Jeff's Cajun Burger 81.6667 32 32 31
Leighton Carbo The Doc Holliday 79.8333 27 31 31
Ben Larose Mushroom Swiss Slaw Burger 78.8333 29 30 30
Wayne Cooper Wayne's Burger 76 28 30 30
Steve Hubbard River Burger 74.5 28 29 29
Turner "Sandy" Lux Turner's Burger 73.5 25 30 30
Ryan Roton Cajun Tex Burger 72.6667 26 29 29
Jerilyn Ackel Debris Burger 69.8333 25 28 28
Nicole Hood Southern Charm Burger 67.5 26 33 23