Monthly Archives: May 2011

WING RING SERIES: Will

First time Wing King winger, Will has stepped up to the plate…and he’s serious. Hear what he has to say about his wi-wi-wings:

Like the modern wing itself, I was born in the heart of Buffalo, New York. Back home in Buffalo, kids are given wings instead of pacifiers. My parents taught me how to spell my name using wing bones at the age of 2. Ever since I was a young youth, I’ve dined on nothing but the finest wings in the world. Growing up, I ate wings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – all in the same damn day. It’s a miracle I’m alive, as doctors estimate I am 30% wings. Cut me, and I bleed a potent combination of Frank’s hot sauce and butter. Decades of consuming mass quantities of wings have taught me much about the art, the science, the true craft of the wing. I have studied for years under the originators, honing my technique. In my sleep, you can hear me whisper: “WINGS DOWN… WINGS… DOWN…”

After arriving in Philadelphia last winter, I realized I was far from home. The wings here… they saddened me. So I decided to share my wisdom with the people, and when I learned of this competition, I began a strict training regimen to guarantee flawless victory. I am carrying the hopes and dreams of Buffalo on my back. My wings will be perfect. I’m ready at last to showcase my mastery of the form and make my hometown proud.

Submit your photo’s to BigBitePhilly@gmail.com to enter the WING RING, if you are ready to battle.


3rd Annual Wing King Judges

We’ve been hyping you up for the 3rd Annual Wing King but have failed to mention a big component of the event. Who’s delicately tasting, savoring and examining these wings to determine who will be crowned the WING KING/QUEEN 2011?

We want to thank our WK 2011 judges and highlight these wings-perts as best we can! Showing off their credentials and all.

BigBite’s Resident Judge Joe “Legendary Crush Basher” Bernstein Judge-Crusher Joe has been on board with BigBite since its creation. He has helped crown, our Philly Chili 2010, and 2011 winners. He also has crowned our wingers in 2009, 2010, and now the 3rd Annual Wing King. He brings a uniquely profound sense of taste from super high-brow to the lowest of the low end. This stud, with the luxurious locks, is also the owner of People’s Republic Food Cart.

Philly Chili Cook-Off Resident Judge and City Paper Blogger, Drew LazorAlthough Drew has not judged a Wing King just yet, he has been part of BigBite’s Philly Chili Cook-off’s, judging since its inauguration. He knows exactly what we are about, and his stellar judging has made him a part of the BigBite family. Drew is the Associate Editor for the Philadelphia City Paper. He leads the papers’ food blog, MealTicket. Yum.

Tom, WINGQUEST 2011 Blogger and Wing EnthusiastWe managed to grab one of the four dudes from Wing Quest 2011,  who are on the hunt for Philly’s best wing! These guys have a long list of wings to try in this city, in the search to find some good wangs, and where else to go but Wing King? Tom, from Wing Quest 2011 will be joining Wing King for the first time, to get down and dirty and ultimately crown the 3rd Annual Wing King/Queen. The competiton jumps off this Saturday, but in the meantime see who they think has the best wings in the city at Wing Quest 2011.

 Our judging team is not yet complete. We’ll be revealing more soon!

-Ryllis


WING RING SERIES: Dayo

“Always a bridesmaid but never a bride.” That’s the best phrase to describe one of Wing King founders, Dayo’s career. Placing third in both Wing King ‘09 and ’10 with strawberry habanero and ginger beer barbecue respectively, he is the cookoff’s most consistent and underrated competitors. Known for combining exotic spices on meat that FOTB, (falls off the bone) his complex layers and texture create a chemistry your palette cannot deny.

Dayo says, “I have a lot riding on this year’s wings and I’m not going to front, I have a lil chip on my shoulder. Yall need to give me my props! My consistency alone kills you turkeys and needs to be recognized as achievement.” When asked what changes he will incorporate to take home the Wing King 2011 trophy, the Susan Lucci of Wing King said, “this year I will ease up on the quantity of sauce. During the past two events there have been a few finger injuries due to spectators mistakenly biting into thier own fingers, while licking off sauce. And since I’m the only one REALLY competing, I figured my bbq sauce is the explanation for the severed digits! Big Bite has a ton of more events to produce and we cannot afford to get sued!”

*Big Bite Blog wants to remind you all to eat at your own risk.

Submit your photo’s to BigBitePhilly@gmail.com to enter the WING RING, if you are ready to battle.


WING RING SERIES: Gabriel

Gabriel is not new to the wing king game. This clucker knows his chicken. Well, this is what he had to say about it:

“There are no words to describe how much poultry has been a part of my life…but I’ll try. When I was a young boy in the mountains of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, we lived around the bend from a Gallera (cocking fighting arena). My brother and I would tell our mother we were going for candy and head over there and watch from below the bleachers as the Jibaros (Rican country-side folks) would exchange money and insults. At family parties, my aunts would simply go into the yard, scoop up a chicken, and feather it, right there…it is the traditional technique.

My personal technique, is a bit different. I raise my chickens around lotus flowers and incense. Buddha statues and such. I like to ease the chicken before I prepare it. Poultry has to be relaxed, kinda like Kobe beef. You got to make the chicken feel at home, and warm. Sometimes you need to massage them, and sometimes you have to give them some relaxing tea before you cook them. Tea and chicken go together like bacon and eggs.You need to spend some good, quality time with them. No one wants tense muscles, tense wings. You want your chicken to be tender and relaxed, even if that means you need to offer tea, and some good conversation…that’s how you will get your best wing.I know my wings will take the crown this year at Wing King. All other competitors have nothing on my pampered and tender wings!”

Submit your photo’s to BigBitePhilly@gmail.com to enter the WING RING, if you are ready to battle.


WING RING SERIES: Phil

 WING RING Round 3!!

Phil Asbury, a self described “Picasso with Chicken” won second place in Wing King 2009 with his “Sweet Chili Fantasy” wings. His delicately balanced interpretation of Thai sweet and spicy chili sauce charmed the Judges and competitor’s alike. In Wing King 2010, however, his Mango Ginger wings did not have the same luck. He did not place in the competition and had this to say about his performance:“Truly… I let some of the other competitors get in my head and allowed them to throw me off my game the day before the competition.  I had the winning recipe, I wing-trained diligently..but I switched my recipe up last minute… They knew I was better than them! they had my sweet chili joints! they knew I was gonna win..so they resorted to mental trickery to steal the crown. Shady. It’s whatever though…It won’t happen again. I’m stronger now…and my sauce is bananas!”

Asbury hopes to make Mount Airy Proud yet again, by taking this years crown. Competition is stiff! He will have to bring his “A” game!

Submit your photo’s to BigBitePhilly@gmail.com to enter the WING RING, if you are ready to battle.


WING RING SERIES: Pierre

DING, DING! Round 2!

Pierre is a first-time competitor in a Wing King competition. He enters the WING RING with his gloves on and ready….and he has them on real tight! Pierre has been working on mastering his perfect wing recipe over the last few weeks. BigBite caught up with him in the middle of his mastery.Pierre claims, “My wings are the Idi Amin of culinary excellency. Conqueror of poultry in general and chicken in particular. The uncrowned king of the fowl”

For those of you who don’t get the reference, Idi Amin was a powerful, nutty and ruthless dictator of Uganda who later declared himself the uncrowned king of Scotland. He was a heavy-weight boxer, an extreme and fearful leader and nothing could get in his way. By our standards, Idi Amin is also known as a gangsssta! We’ll see if Pierre is too, when he throws down at the 3rd Annual Wing King competiton.

Submit your photo’s to BigBitePhilly@gmail.com to enter the WING RING, if you are ready to battle.


WING RING SERIES: Dalice

As the day gets closer, and chicken wings are being bought-up at your local market, the competition seems to be working harder than ever! BigBite is seeing the wing-citment behind some of our contestants to grip up that 3rd Annual Wing King trophy… and we are loving it, like McDonalds.

With that said, we are highlighting contestants who are ready to battle it out, boxing glove on one hand, wing sauce on the other.

Let the WING RING begin.    DING DING!

Wingette, Dalice, was part of the wing battle-ground last year, submitting a unique recipe for her wings. Bringing an Arnold Palmer-style Wing (known as a beverage, consisting of half lemonade, half iced tea), Dalice felt like she deserved that trophy (and a special edition Wing King tee-shirt) more than anyone else. Unfortunately, her iced tea and lemonade sauce did not grant her the crown.

She’s back this year to redeem herself, and is back with a vengeance. Dalice is ready to battle. All we know is that this return contestant has two things on her mind: Chicken and Victory.

Submit your photo’s to BigBitePhilly@gmail.com to enter the WING RING if you are ready to battle.