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Tim Turner, the guy behind one of Winnipeg's best food blogs

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Tim Turner, the guy behind one of Winnipeg's best food blogs "Burger Club - Winnipeg."

I finally got to meet the guy behind one of Winnipeg's best food blogs "Burger Club - Winnipeg," while shooting a story about 100 years of Reubens. Go figure. It turns out that the burger club isn't the only menu item Tim Turner and his crew have sunk their teeth into. There is the Clubhouse Connoisseur Club, the League of Super Gyros, and the Reuben Rabble.

Tim has done such a great job promoting local eateries he has even been called upon to judge best burger contests.

Between shooting a cover photo for the story and eating his "Rachel" which is exactly the same as the Reuben, except roasted turkey takes the place of corned beef, I chatted with Tim about his search for the best burger.

What would be one of the biggest criticisms you have during your search for the best burger?
"The attention for the bun isn't always the same as the attention given to the patty. So, we've had a lot of fantastic burgers on a pretty average bun."

Is there a burger outside of Winnipeg you wished you could show your friends here?
"Back in December a little subset of the burger club went to Los Vegas and we dined at the Heart-attack Grill on Fremont. That was a riot. There if you don't finish your burger you get spanked..."

What is the best burger you have ever had?
"I make a pretty good burger myself!"

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About Mike Deal

After freelancing for the Winnipeg Free Press for three years, starting in 1997, Mike Deal landed a part-time job as a night photodesk editor.

His first day in the new position was supposed to be September 12, 2001. But when he woke to the news of the two towers on September 11, he automatically headed into the newsroom.

For the next few years, he split his hours at the Winnipeg Free Press between photo editing and photography. In 2008, Mike was hired full-time as a photojournalist.

Mike’s training includes a journalism diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. He also spent time at the University of Manitoba, working at the Manitoban and the U of M photo club and taking fine art courses.

Having also just finished shooting a personal project that involved taking 2,013 portraits using just his iPhone in the year 2013, he looks forward to taking the portrait project concept to another level. He will NOT be shooting 2,014 in 2014! Don't be surprised if he stops you in the street and demands a moment of your time. You have been warned!

Another personal passion of his is street photography, capturing the people of Winnipeg amongst the beautiful architecture of its downtown.

In his off-hours Mike enjoys taking photos with his iPhone, walks in Assiniboine Forest, and spending his free time with his partner Ariel and daughter Anna.

 

"I go to the street for the education of my eye and for the sustenance that the eye needs - the hungry eye, and my eye is hungry."    -Walker Evans

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