Known for his star turn on Bravo's Top Chef Miami (2007), Chef Howie Kleinberg, nicknamed "Bulldog" for his take- no-prisoners' competitive streak is the star chef on the line at Bulldog Barbecue and Burger in North Miami. Smoking some of the best brisket in town, fall-off-the-bone ribs and to-die-for burgers, Bulldog has been honored with countless praises, including a spot among Bon Appetit's "Top 10 New BBQ Restaurants in the Nation" and reigning king of barbecue in Digest Miami's "Game of Bones Best BBQ in Miami." Kleinberg returned to reality TV, appearing in the season 4 premier of "BBQ Pitmasters" (2013) on Destination America, holding his own against some of the most elite masters in the barbecue competition circuit nationwide. Recently, Howie was featured in Cooking Channel's hit series, "Best in Chow" (2014), in the hunt for the best barbecue in Miami. Formerly an executive chef at South Florida's Ivy Restaurant and The Food Gang, Howie has the perfect showcase for his larger-than-life personality, unbeatable barbecue and over-the-top burgers with Bulldog. "Bulldog Barbecue and Burger is about simple food made right," says Kleinberg. "There is an art to great barbecue, but you definitely have to start with the right ingredients. Saucing and spicing is important, but having the best ingredients available on the market is key." Highlighting hearty stick-to-your-ribs fare, menu choices include brisket, pulled pork, barbecue chicken, Certified Angus burgers and an array of sides with Kleinberg's artful touch, influenced by stints with renowned chefs Mark Militello, Michael Reidt, and a recent stage with renown chef Alfred Portale.
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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
Cleaning green beans with my mother and sister for thanksgiving while watching the parade on tv.
If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
Cooking at Bubble Q
If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
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