- June 20, 2016
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Lifestyle
Johnny Rockets is celebrating thirty years of bringing folks together in a fun and friendly atmosphere that is often accompanied by singing and dancing. Behind all of the fun and games is a serious chef and management team who strive to provide the best options for meat eaters and non meat eaters, including the new Johnny Rockets Veggie Burger.
Chef Calvin Harris (pictured) is Vice President of International and Director of Culinary Innovation and a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. He has more than 20 years of experience in culinary and product development, including stints at Burger King, Arby’s and TGI Friday’s. Prior to Johnny Rockets, Harris founded successful food manufacturing and distributing startups including Harris Food Company and Benevida Foods. After consumer demand for a more innovative Johnny Rockets menu, the brand created the position of Director of Culinary Innovation.
Chef Harris has a goal of offering a fantastic Johnny Rocket’s Veggie Burger that doesn’t just tick the boxes but truly excites people.
To make this happen a taste testing of the top five veggie burgers (as determined by Johnny Rockets executives) were presented to myself, and some of my colleagues, during a veggie burger tasting event. To keep things fair we were each served 1/2 of each of the five burgers on sperate plates marked only with a number.The burgers did not come up with buns, lettuce, tomatoes or condiments such as mayo, mustard or ketchup. This was so we can fully taste the burger. After each bite (or the t entire half if you were w so inclined) we cleansed our pates (water and crackers) while writing our notes for the Johnny Rockets team to review later.
My favorite was a burger that had zucchini, greens and other vegetables.
I do not know which burger will win but I do know that whatever burger it is it will be served on a Brioche bun with greens, tomato and vegan mayo. Do note that the burger will be vegetarian, not vegan.
I know that a few of my friends are also anxious to get over to Johnny Rockets and have a shake which I am told is FABULOUS.
If you could have any burger you wanted what would it be?