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297 North Collier Boulevard, Marco
Restaurant: NeNe’s Kitchen, 297 N. Collier Blvd. Phone: 239-394-3854
Chef: Fermin Lopez
Q: What is your favorite kitchen gizmo — the one you reach for most of the time?
A: My hamburger flipper (turner) is my essential kitchen gizmo and I couldn’t do my job without it. I’ve been working here at NeNe’s for four years, and I love my job. It’s my first job on Marco Island, and I would never think of working anywhere else.
We serve a good burger, a full 8-ounce patty and my flipper (turner) make’s it easy to turn the patty over in one piece. Now, we’re open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch from 7:30 to 2 p.m., and for Dinner, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
Here’s the recipe: You know, the secret of a good juicy burger is to slide it on to a hot pan or grill and leave it alone to sear just before the meat juices show, and then slide the flipper under the burger and flip the burger over easy to sear the other side. I guess the secret is to leave it alone, never press on the meat, and let the heat cook the burger.
Where to buy it: Nene’s Kitchen orders their hamburger turners from Sysco (a wholesale restaurant purveyor) but they probably can be purchased locally at Commercial Glass & Restaurant Supply Inc., 4027 Arnold Ave., Naples. Phone: 643-0177. Or go online — www.restaurantsource.com and scroll down the index to Chefs Cutlery and find several kinds and sizes of professional grade hamburger turners.