Back of Food Industry's Elite Party in South Beach While the entertainment industry turned to LA for the glitz and glamour of the 81st Academy Awards, the best and brightest stars of the culinary world gathered in Florida over the weekend for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The four-day festival kicked off on Thursday night with the highly anticipated Burger Bash. Reigning Burger Bash queen, Katie Lee Joel, handed her crown over to the new king, Top Chef four's Spike Mendelsohn. His Coletti's Smokehouse burger (with Applewood bacon, sharp Vermont cheddar, fried Vidalia onion rings, and chipotle BBQ sauce) swept the competition. Other highlights included a special dinner with the king and queen of Spain, a barbecue hosted by Tom Colicchio, a tribute to Emeril Lagasse, an Oscars viewing with Bobby Flay, several grand tastings, and countless demonstrations. View 52 Photos › Chef Jose Andres Singer Gloria Estefan Singer Thalia Rachael Ray and her hubbie Photo 5 To check out a huge gallery of images of all your foodie favorites, . View 52 Photos › Chef Jose Andres Singer Gloria Estefan Singer Thalia Rachael Ray and her hubbie Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 The new Burger Bash winner, Spike Mendelsohn Katie Lee Joel Photo 11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Photo 16 Tom and Tyler Photo 18 Photo 19 Bobby Flay Guy Fieri and event planner Lee Schrager The King and Queen of Spain Photo 23 Photo 24 Photo 25 Rocco Photo 27 Katie Lee Joel Photo 29 Sandra Lee Photo 31 Al Roker Photo 33 Photo 34 Photo 35 Photo 36 Martha Stewart Emeril Lagasse Photo 39 Paula Deen Bobby Flay Photo 42 Photo 43 Photo 44 Photo 45 Photo 46 Photo 47 Guy Fieri and Tyler Florence Photo 49 Photo 50 Ingrid Hoffman and Tyler Florence Photo 52 Source Comments aimeeb 8 years Gloria!! ilanac13 8 years poor katie having to hand over her burger crown, but at least she was the first woman to have it right? i think that it's nice that spike got the chance to be named the winner...i think that a lot of folks rooted for him on Top chef so it's nice to see him come into his own for something.