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Registration Reopened for Governor’s Green Chile Cheesburger Challenge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Restaurants have until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to enter the competition

New Mexico restaurants that didn’t get registered in time to compete in the Governor’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge at the New Mexico State Fair will get a second chance to enter the competition.

Gov. Bill Richardson announced Friday in a news release that registration for the challenge has been reopened. Restaurants interested in entering must contact the State Fair at (505) 222-9753 no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

“I’ve met several restaurant owners throughout the state over the last few days who missed the original deadline,” Richardson said. “Since this is a fun competition to showcase our many great New Mexican restaurants, I want as many as possible to have the opportunity to compete. So I’ve decided to give restaurants additional time to enter.”

The competition is scheduled for Sept. 22 at the north end of the Avenue of the Governors on the New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque.

Richardson called for the challenge after Bobby Olguin, owner of the Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio, N.M., earned national attention when he beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a burger cookoff. In the televised episode, which first aired in late July, Olguin won the battle on Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” for best green chile cheeseburger.

The Governor’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge is sponsored by the State Fair, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, New Mexico Restaurant Association, Central New Mexico Community College Department of Culinary Arts/Hospitality & Tourism and the American Culinary Federation Rio Grande Valley Chapter.