SOURCE: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

November 02, 2007 17:02 ET

12-Year-Old San Diego Boy Invents America's Next Gourmet Burger

Sales From the Winning 'Au Brie Burger a la Francais,' Featuring Brie, Potatoes, and Fresh Rosemary, Will Benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Next Summer

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO--(Marketwire - November 2, 2007) - Say goodbye to the traditional cheeseburger. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) (NASDAQ: RRGB) has selected San Diego resident, 12-year-old Joey Yarwick's "Au Brie Burger a la Francais" as America's next gourmet burger. After a Championship cook-off against nine other kid finalists, Red Robin selected Yarwick's "Au Brie Burger a la Francais" -- made with ground sirloin, croissant, brie, potatoes, butter, cream, fresh rosemary, salt, pepper, and served with pomme frites -- as the winner of this year's "The Next Gourmet Burger Kids' Recipe Contest." The "Au Brie Burger a la Francais" will be served in Red Robin® restaurants and featured in a kids' cookbook next summer. Red Robin will donate a portion of the sales from the winning burger and the cookbook to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Red Robin selected Yarwick's "Au Brie Burger a la Francais" as the grand prize-winning burger from among ten finalists during the Championship at Johnson & Wales University's College of Culinary Arts in Denver on Friday, Nov. 2. During the competition, Yarwick and the nine other contestants made their burgers for a panel of Red Robin burger experts and celebrities, including Colorado-based Chris O'Neil from the movie "The Last Mimzy" and AnnaSophia Robb from the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and "The Bridge to Terabithia."

Yarwick's "Au Brie Burger a la Francais" was selected from entries submitted this summer by kids ages six through 12 at U.S. Red Robin® restaurants. The top 10 recipes were selected based on their inventive combination of ingredients, fun flavors, and compelling 100-word statement on why their burger deserved to be America's next gourmet burger.

"We selected Joey's 'Au Brie Burger a la Francais' as the winner of this year's 'The Next Gourmet Burger Kids' Recipe Contest' because it best exemplifies cooking creatively, and offers a new, flavorful twist on the gourmet burgers already featured on our menu," said Kim McBee, Red Robin vice president of marketing. "At Red Robin, we take great pride in being the Gourmet Burger experts and providing all our guests the opportunity to try new, mouthwatering burgers like Joey's."

As the grand-prize winner, Yarwick will receive a family vacation to Universal Studios Hollywood(SM), The Entertainment Capital of L.A. (SM)*, and will be invited to serve as a special guest judge at Red Robin's Smiling Burger Championship event in the Bahamas in January 2008, where Red Robin cooks compete to create the perfect Red Robin burger. Each of the 10 finalists in "The Next Gourmet Burger Kids' Recipe Contest" received a Red Robin iPod® nano, a $100 Red Robin® gift card, and a Red Robin goodie bag, in addition to their all-expenses-paid trip to Colorado with a parent or guardian.

Three runners up were also selected during the event: 11-year-old Samantha Hardin from Olympia, Wash, who created the "Totally Tuscan Turkey Burger;" 8-year-old Hannah Biermann from Flint, Mich., who created the "Chicken Alf-RED-o Burger;" and 11-year-old Zachary Moore from Hamburg, N.Y., who created the "Oh My Thai Burger."

All of the finalists' gourmet burger recipes, along with at least 40 other kid-invented burger recipes submitted through the contest, will be included in a kids' cookbook Red Robin will sell next year to benefit NCMEC. NCMEC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

Recipes from celebrities, including Chef CJ Jacobsen's -- from Bravo's hit show "Top Chef 3 Miami" -- winning "Grilled Shrimp and Scallop Burger with Pickled Ginger and Radicchio Salad on a Toasted Brioche" will be included in the cookbook. The cookbook also will feature Internet safety tips and conversation starters for families provided by NCMEC and the NetSmartz® Workshop. NetSmartz® is NCMEC's Internet safety education resource that provides age-appropriate resources focused on basic Internet safety, social networking, and real-life stories, which are available free of charge at www.NetSmartz.org.

About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB)

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (www.redrobin.com), a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969, serves up wholesome, fun, feel-good experiences in a family-friendly environment. Red Robin® restaurants are famous for serving more than 22 high-quality gourmet burgers in a variety of recipes with Bottomless Steak Fries®, as well as salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and signature Mad Mixology® Beverages. There are more than 375 Red Robin® restaurants located across the United States and Canada, including corporate-owned locations and those operating under franchise agreements.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC)

NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping protect children from abduction and sexual exploitation. NCMEC's congressionally mandated CyberTipline, a reporting mechanism for child sexual exploitation, has handled more than 519,300 leads. Since its establishment in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement with more than 135,800 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 118,700 children. For more information about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit www.missingkids.com.

*© 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

*iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Apple is not a participant or sponsor of this promotion.

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