Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets, North Carolina’s NBA team, and an alright one at that: his stats have never been gaudy, even for a team that’s been a bottom-feeder in the NBA routinely over the past decade. However, he provides support where he can, especially on defense.
He is now also a burger engineer. The Philadelphia native teamed up with Chef David Lucarelli and Master Sushi Chef Rifali Almunir of Charlotte’s interestingly titled Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar to create the “Motor Keeps Going” (I mean, duh), which you can see below. It’s… interesting.
Photo: Taylor Mathis Photography
Let’s start with what makes up the burger itself:
• Sesame bun
• Fried leek with hot pepper jelly
• A half-pound turkey burger
While it doesn’t look abhorrent, it’s definitely jarring. The paleness of the turkey burger, fried leek, and sesame bun give the whole dish a sickly look, not to mention the jelly also inspires not-so-comforting food-like-gore images. Also, we dig the sweet potato fries served with the sandwich, but sushi? Granted, Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar mines that American-Japanese hybrid, but it’s just not the right pairing with this particular order. Frankly, it’s f*cking weird.
But if you’re into it, $5 from the $20 meal goes towards a good cause: A Child’s Place, which helps to eradicate child homelessness in Charlotte.
Kidd-Gilchrist’s creation is on sale now through April at Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar’s locations in Charlotte and Raleigh.