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The Cheesecake Factory Reveals Top Five Finalists from "The Great Glamburger Challenge"
Online voting now open to determine the next great Glamburger to be added to the menu for one year

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., Jun 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Nearly 30,000 hamburger enthusiasts nationwide have submitted delicious and distinctive burger creations as part of The Cheesecake Factory's "Great Glamburger(TM) Challenge" since April 21. Now it is up to the public to help determine which of the top five finalists will have their winning Glamburger added to The Cheesecake Factory's menu. Now through June 30, the public has the chance to submit their vote for their favorite Glamburger contender at www.thecheesecakefactory.com/glamorous.

The top five finalists were chosen by The Cheesecake Factory Founder David Overton and Vice President of Culinary Development Robert Okura, and the submissions were judged on taste appeal, creativity and compelling story behind the creation.

This winning burger will be featured on The Cheesecake Factory's new Glamburger menu, which currently includes six unique hamburgers topped with glamorous ingredients. The five finalists are:

  • Cajun Delight - Valrico, FL
    The dream burger of any fan of New Orleans cuisine, this creation features Andouille sausage, Tasso ham, and crawfish in melted Muenster cheese, topped by mouth-watering roasted peppers and simmering in delicious Cajun dark roux. A blast from the French Quarter!
  • The Godfather- Maryville, IL
    An Italian masterpiece featuring ground beef, tomatoes marinated in garlic aioli, melted mozzarella and provolone cheeses topped with pepperoni, grilled mushrooms and onions, topped with marinara, grated parmesan, and romaine lettuce.
  • Greek Feta Burger - Zebulon, GA
    Greek salad fans will love this mouth-watering all beef burger with melted feta cheese, tomato, fancy arugula salad, sliced Kalamata olives, red onions, cucumbers, and green peppers topped with a garlic aioli mayonnaise spread.
  • Waikiki Beach Burger - Temecula, CA
    Like a 'Taste of the Hawaiian Islands' this burger features Canadian bacon, melted Mozzarella, fresh pineapple, arugula, and teriyaki sauce.
  • Wild Mushroom Burger - Champaign, IL
    Mushroom lovers will go wild for this burger with Portabella, Shiitake, and Crimini mushrooms; caramelized onions, red peppers, Gruyere and Swiss cheese, and demi-glace.

"We were delighted with the creativity and inventiveness of all the burgers submitted in The Great Glamburger Challenge," said Overton. "Just as our Glamburgers were inspired by regions of the country where people are passionate about food, these finalists showed their passion for creating delicious burgers that transcend geographical boundaries. Any one of them would be a fantastic addition to our Glamburger menu."

The winning Glamburger will be announced on July 1, and the winner will not only have their burger added to The Cheesecake Factory menu for one year, but will also be awarded their choice of one of six glamorous getaway vacations inspired by the new Glamburger menu. Destinations include: Memphis, Tenn; Sonoma, Calif.; Monterey, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Rogue River Valley, Ore.; or Santa Fe, N.M.

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About The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated created the upscale casual dining segment in 1978 with the introduction of its namesake concept. The Company operates 162 full-service, casual dining restaurants throughout the U.S., including 148 restaurants under The Cheesecake Factory(R) mark; 13 restaurants under the Grand Lux Cafe(R) mark; and one restaurant under the RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen(R) mark. The Company also operates two bakery production facilities in Calabasas Hills, CA and Rocky Mount, NC that produce over 70 varieties of quality cheesecakes and other baked products. For more information, please visit www.thecheesecakefactory.com.

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SOURCE: The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated

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