George Motz is America's foremost hamburger expert. Since the release of his documentary film Hamburger America (on the Sundance Channel in 2005), and now the book of the same name (Running Press, '08,'11,'18), he has been asked daily of his opinion of where to find some of the best burgers in the country. He has taught a course on hamburgers at NYU, and has consulted for many hamburger restaurants. In 2006, Hamburger America (the Film) became required viewing in a food course at Princeton University and was nominated for a James Beard Award. Hamburger America (the book) can now be found everywhere.
A long time ago, George tried to explain to a reporter that he was a filmmaker, not a hamburger expert, but the press would have none of that. So George has resigned himself to the fact that based on his travels and intensive research maybe he really does know a lot about burgers. His passion for greasy nourishment and American nostalgia probably helps.
In his real life, George is an award-winning freelance Director of Photography based in New York City. Over the past 28 years he has worked on numerous television commercials, films, music videos, documentaries, and promos.
In 2000, George received his first New York Emmy Award for a spot lensed for Thirteen WNET. And in 2006 he took home two more New York Emmys for a WNET station ID campaign.
In 2007, George helped create the Food Film Festival, a multi-sensory film festival where food films are screened along with the food profiled in those films. The Food Film Festival is now held annually in three cites: New York City, Chicago, and Charleston.
The book Hamburger America came to life in the form of a television series on Travel Channel called Burger Land and ran for one awesome season. The completely revised 3rd edition of Hamburger America includes 200 burger joints, hundreds of photos and is available at booksellers everywhere.
photo by: Doug Young