Come to Asbury Lanes for a really fun event to see which local chef can make the best recipe with Girl Scout Cookies!

(David Burke takes the Middletown Brownie troop into his kitchen at DRIFTHOUSE, photo from Andrea Plaza)

You may know of world-renowned Chef David Burke from Bravo's Top Chef....but now he is a judge for TopCookie, a dessert competition at Asbury Lanes that you're invited to. And it's all to benefit the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore!

Guests at Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s TopCookie event on Feb. 6 will get to savor Chef Burke’s lemon creation along with five other desserts that local restaurants are whipping up with iconic Girl Scout cookies for this dessert competition.

Chef Burke’s dessert isn’t part of the competition - it will be the welcome dessert as guests arrive to this tasty fundraiser at Asbury Lanes. All proceeds from the benefit will support local Girl Scouts.

(David Burke, photo courtesy of Andrea Plaza)

Chef Burke will be a judge at the cookie competition featuring desserts from: McLoone’s Restaurants, Nicholas Creamery, Ocean County Center for Culinary Arts Training/Cuisine on the Green at Atlantis, Ohana Grill and Talula’s.

The judges will select the best dessert and the winning restaurant will receive the TopCookie Award. The public can also vote for their favorite restaurant at $1 a vote and support the Girl Scouts. The restaurant that receives the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award.

The Feb. 6th TopCookie competition will take place from 6-9 p.m., at Asbury Lanes. FOR INFO AND TICKETS CLICK HERE!

(David Burke on air with Lou and Liz, photo from Eileen Higgins)
Chef Burke got a thumbs up from a group of tough cookies on Wednesday for a new dessert his Sea Bright restaurant is creating for an upcoming culinary competition to benefit local Girl Scouts.

Brownie Troop 60173 from Middletown was invited to the DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke on Wednesday to taste-test the sweet treat made with the newest Girl Scout cookie flavor, Lemon-Ups.

Chef Burke is supporting this event because he believes in entrepreneurship and the opportunities that the Girl Scouts cookie sales provide girls. So Chef Burke invited the Brownie Troop for a tour of his newest restaurant where they got to make their own cotton candy, sample sizzling bacon, assemble and devour desserts and give him feedback on his new Girl Scout cookie dessert.

(David Burke with Middletown Brownie Troup, Photo courtesy of Andrea Plaza)

Chef Burke first met Brenna McCormick earlier this month. She's the Girl Scout we had on our morning show to announce that she has been chosen to have her picture on boxes of Thanks-A-Lot cookies. If you missed that show, you can see her photo and read about this adorable little girl HERE.

Chef David Burke became an executive chef, at age 26, of the renowned River Café, which is known to have launched several star chefs into legendary careers. While there, he was awarded a three-star New York Times review. Among the many signature dishes he created while there was the Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge. He attended Ecole Lenotre Pastry School in Plaisir, France.

David is the only American ever to win the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Diplome d’Honneur, cementing his reputation as a leading international chef. He subsequently won Japan’s Nippon Award for Excellence.

In fact he has won so many awards that it is difficult to choose which ones to mention but they include the Robert Mondavi Award of Excellence and two nominations for James Beard Best Chef; inducted by the James Beard Foundation into Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America; Nation’s Restaurant News presented him with the Menu Masters award, naming him one of the nation’s most celebrated culinary innovators and was named Restaurateur of the Year 2012 by the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association and many more including Humanitarian awards.

(Lou and Liz with David Burke, photo by Eileen Higgins)

Currently Chef Burke has the following restaurants at iconic New Jersey locations:

-- DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke and the more casual Nauti Bar by David Burke right on the ocean at the Driftwood Cabana Club in Sea Bright. Drifthouse just reopened after a short winter closing, and is open to the public all year long with an amazing oyster tank with oysters fresh out of the Barnegat Bay and some of Chef Burke's most amazing dishes. And the Nauti Bar, in case you didn't know, is also open to the public off-season! (The Nauti Bar is just for beach club members during the summer.)

-- David Burke Orange Lawn, in the century-old clubhouse at the 2nd oldest tennis club in the United States in South Orange

-- Ventanas, located at The Modern, between the two 47-story high skyscrapers and one of the world’s tallest twin-tower projects in Fort Lee.

-- And, in New York City, David Burke Tavern, Woodpecker and David Burke Catering.

Chef Burke was raised in Hazlet, NJ and is a former lifeguard at Sea Bright beaches. He recently purchased a home in Atlantic Highlands and is also long-time resident of Fort Lee.