Deluxe Turkey Burgers: Revamping Holiday Leftovers


December 23, 2013 in News

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Travel writer and photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström paid a visit to Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore during the holidays to discover the secret to lovely leftovers: a turkey burger topped with cranberry relish, mashed potatoes and gravy. Here’s her behind-the-scenes photo essay:

What to do with holiday leftovers? Chef Zachary “Zack” Mills of Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina, showed me how to use traditional holiday ingredients to create a grilled turkey burger, and also shared his grandma’s recipe for zesty cranberry relish. Plus, I got an insider’s peek at Baltimore’s Japanese-fusion restaurant PABU.

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Chef Zack Mills working at the open-plan kitchen at Wit & Wisdom.

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Prepping and basting a hamburger bun with butter.

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Chef Zack grilling the fresh turkey patty as well as the buns

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Once the patty and buns are fresh off the grill, Chef Zack first tops the bun with a generous dollop of leftover mashed potatoes followed by gravy.

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Then he adds zesty cranberry relish to the grilled turkey patty.

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Once the layering is complete, he completes the burger with the grilled top bun.

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Chef Zack shows off his gourmet holiday leftovers turkey burger.

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Chef Zack inspecting and cleaning off appetizer and dinner plates before they leave the kitchen.

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Sous chef plating up dinners in the open kitchen of Wit & Wisdom.

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Chef Zack overseeing the chefs and cooks as they work the stoves, grills, and ovens in the kitchen.

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Preparing hors d’oeuvres while a pot pie warms under a heating lamp.

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Grilled seafood ready to serve. A cook peels fresh pink cauliflower.

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Mixing up cocktails and serving sake at the PABU bar.

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Kitchen staff folding napkins, preparing room service meals, and going about their evening tasks.

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A quick peek at the PABU kitchen with its ever-busy chefs.

Images and text courtesy of Lola Akinmade Åkerström. View more of Lola’s behind-the-scenes kitchen shots from Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore.

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