"I think it's really cool... it says something about taking the time to really care about the ingredients and put together something. And the fact that a burger wone best recipe, so it is something special, it's pretty cool because you don't need the mustard, ketchup or anything else on top of it."
Kurt Kwiatkowski, M.S. - Corporate Chef Culinary Services MSU
A signature item on MSU's "Eat at State" food truck menu now has some pretty impressive honors to back it up.
The Smoked Cheddar Cheeseburger was given the gold award by the "National Association of College and University Food Services" in the Best Local Foods Recipe category because of its locally-grown ingredients.
The beef is raised on campus, the cheese comes from the dairy store, and the field greens, red onion and roma tomatoes are from MSU's student organic farm. The bun comes from Breadsmith, a bakery in Okemos.
The chef is thrilled with the award.
"It was something I wanted to create; a signature item, something our guests would really enjoy, something people could have more than once or twice or three times. The idea of locals trying to utilize some of the great products we have here at MSU and in our community is what really fueled the drive toward figuring out this burger."
The "Eat at State" food truck has been up and running for about ten months now. The chef tells us the burger is its number one seller.
Our photographer, Dave Jones, would agree. He did a taste test for us and said it was delicious.