THE BURGER AMBASSADORS
36 burgers & 15 beers in 31 days... Challenge Accepted! Our 2020 Burger Ambassadors will be touring around the month of March to give you the lowdown on each burger and brew. If you spot them chowing down be sure to say hi, snap a selfie and tag it #BurgerBrewNL. Follow their feeds to know what to feed yourself throughout the Burger & Brew Festival.
Food Writer & Local Restaurant Critic
Gabby Peyton is a food writer, restaurant critic and culinary historian based in St. John’s NL.
Researching food has become a lifestyle for Gabby. After completing an MA in Art History at the University of Toronto in 2012, she moved to Halifax, NS and ate her way through the city, documenting it on the foodgirlintown.com a blog devoted to (mis)adventures in traveling to eat. She completed a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of King’s College in 2015 and has worked in a variety of editorial roles in Toronto, ON and St. John’s, NL.
Now she dines out constantly in St. John’s — Gabby is the city’s restaurant critic for The Telegram and her other bylines include CBC, Atlantic Business Magazine, USA Today, and Eater. Her series on Food Bloggers of Canada‘s website explores the history of iconic Canadian foods and she is passionate about community cookbooks.
A long-time sufferer of persistent wanderlust, Gabby is always planning the next big trip. She has visited more than 15 countries, spent three seasons working on an archaeological dig in central Turkey and surfed on the Gold Coast of Australia. She is passionate about architecture, spaghetti carbonara and Newfoundland food.
NLBMC & Merby President & Burger Lover
Hasan is best known as the founder of the Newfoundland & Labrador Beard and Moustache Club (NLBMC) and creator of the MerB'ys calendar, which has raised over $500K for local charities. His work with the NLBMC and MerB'ys is to encourage men and society to embrace healthier expressions of masculinity. In addition to the calendar, the NLBMC organizes blood donation clinics, food drives, and annual Polar Bear swims.
He is also the founder of Project Kindness, a grassroots community organization that seeks to promote community building through volunteering and connecting people. Projects have ranged from shoveling snow for neighbours, creating Valentine's Day cards for at-risk youth and seniors, and giving out free hugs to anyone who needs one.
A TedX St. John's speaker, vocal community activist, Dark Elf on the Shelf and occasional bearded Merman - he enjoys keeping busy and doing fun things.
Originally from Ottawa, Hasan is a Newfoundlander by choice who has found his forever home in St. John's with his 3 kids and dog, Lucy.