At the New York City Wine & Food Festival‘s annual Burger Bash, Fieri’s mac ‘n’ cheese bacon burger won the People’s Choice award in a first-time tie with the reigning champ, Burger & Barrel’s Josh Capon. (Capon has taken home the prize the last three years so this was no small feat—or meat. You should have seen some of those towering burgers!)

Mac ‘n’ cheese burgers have been popping on menus a lot in recent months, so what made Fieri’s version stand out in the crowd? “It’s all about great flavor and texture,” said Fieri, who sandwiched an all-beef patty, applewood smoked bacon, mac ‘n’ cheese and his famous Donkey Sauce between a toasted brioche roll slathered with garlic butter. ”It has 22 ingredients and six different cheeses for a really well-rounded, well-developed flavor,” he said. “I mean, we’re talking about a burger that is totally out of bounds.”

And host Rachael Ray agreed: “This burger just screams Guy. It’s big and bold and full of love—just like him.”