As the Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray at #SOBEFEST draws nearer, we at Schweid & Sons are preparing for the most anticipated portion of the evening: the awarding of The Very Best Burger Award. But just how special is that award? And how does it stack up against some of the most iconic awards around? We endeavor to find out!

Top 10 Iconic Awards

For this list, we looked at awards known the world over that are given out competitively. So prizes or medals awarded honorarily (such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom) are excluded. Let’s dive in!

FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup (known more commonly as the World Cup) is the name of the trophy awarded at the tournament of the same name. From 1930 (and every four years thereafter), national soccer teams from around the country have competed for this, the most well known prize in sports. Despite being winnable for the better part of a century, it’s not uncommon for teams to win it only once or even never at all. The current record holder for the most World Cup wins is Brazil with five.



Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup is the trophy awarded to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner. It has been the prize of the NHL winner since 1926, but it’s roots date further back into the 19th Century. Originally commissioned in 1892 as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy is named for Lord Stanley of Preston, then–Governor General of Canada, who awarded it to Canada’s top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. Due to the tradition of engraving players’ and coaches’ names on the cup each year, the award is constantly growing in size, giving it the nickname “Stovepipe Cup.”


Olympic Gold Medal

The Olympic Gold Medal has been in use since the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri. The first two modern Olympic Games (1896 and 1900) gave medals made of silver and olive branches to first prize winners. It was not until 1904 that the Gold-Silver-Bronze medal structure was adopted. Given out to competitors in solo and team sports, the Gold Medal has become an iconic symbol for not just athletic prowess but greatness and triumph across many fields.

Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize is a set of annual awards bestowed in a number of categories by Swedish and Norwegian institutions in recognition of academic, cultural, and/or scientific advances. Established in the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895, the first prizes were awarded in 1901 in the categories of Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology or Medicine. Between 1901 and 2015, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 573 times to 900 people and organisations. With some receiving the Nobel Prize more than once, this makes a total of 23 organisations, and 870 individuals.


Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. Repeat winners of the award include Robert Frost, Eugene O’Neill, William Faulkner, and Tennessee Williams, among others.


Fields Medal

The Fields Medal is a prize awarded to two, three, or four mathematicians under 40 years of age at the International Congress of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), a meeting that takes place every four years. The Fields Medal is sometimes viewed as the highest honor a mathematician can receive, often described as the mathematician’s Nobel Prize. First awarded in 1936, the medal has been awarded every four years since 1950. Its purpose is to give recognition and support younger mathematical researchers who have made major contributions to their fields.


James Beard Award

The James Beard Foundation Awards are annual awards presented by the James Beard Foundation for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education in the United States. The Awards were established in 1990 and are often called “The Oscars of Food.” The Awards honor the finest chefs, restaurants, wine professionals, journalists, cookbook authors, restaurant designers, and other food professionals in the United States. The awards are voted on by more than 600 culinary professionals. Recipients receive a bronze medallion etched with the image of James Beard and a certificate from the Foundation.


Academy Award (“Oscar”)

The Academy Award is bestowed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname “Oscar.” Since the award’s inception in 1926 a total of 3,048 Oscars have been awarded through the 88th Annual Academy Awards in 2016.


Palme d’Or

The Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, an annual film festival heald in Cannes, France. Considered one of the most prestigious awards in film, the Palme d’Or resembles a palm branch cast in gold on a crystal block.


Grammy Award

The Grammy Award (originally known as the Gramophone Award) is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry. The gold-plated trophies, each depicting a gilded gramophone, are made and assembled by hand. he trophies with the recipient’s name engraved on them are not available until after the award announcements, so “stunt” trophies are re-used each year for the broadcast. By February 2009, 7,578 Grammy trophies had been awarded.


The Very Best Burger Award

This year marks the third annual presentation of The Very Best Burger Award by Schweid & Sons. Who will win this year? Stay tuned next week for an in-depth look at the participants vying for the prize and the judges who will decide who gets to bring the “Big Burger” home!

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