Local restaurant owners participate in Guy Fieri’s show ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’

Jonathan, left, and Matthew Burgess, of Burgess Brothers Burgers.
Jonathan, left, and Matthew Burgess, of Burgess Brothers Burgers. The Sacramento Bee

Twin brothers Jonathan and Matthew Burgess, owners of the Burgess Brothers’ Barbeque & Burgers restaurant in Sacramento, made an appearance on Sunday’s episode of “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

The two brothers didn’t win the competition, but said it was an “amazing experience,” according to a post to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The episode, entitled “Twin It to Win It,” pitted three sets of twin chefs against each other to compete for $20,000. Contestants were tasked with turning birthday cake incredients into a dinner and rolling dice to determine culinary restrictions for their “classic duo” dish, according to the episode’s description.

But even though they competed as chefs, they didn’t start out in the food industry.

Jonathan works for the Sacramento Fire Department and Matthew is an officer with the California Highway Patrol, according to The Bee’s Carla Meyer. They are both still “active in their public service professions,” according to the restaurant’s website.

The two brothers decided to start Burgess Brothers’ Barbeque & Burgers after Matthew beat Jonathan in a burger contest on “Good Day Sacramento” in 2010. They catered for a year to build a client base and eventually opened their restaurant in 2012, according to Meyer.

They also sell their barbeque sauce and cornbread mix on the restaurant’s website.

Where did their cooking skills come from? Their mother.

“She taught us to cook by look, taste and texture, whether it was making homemade sausage or spaghetti sauce,” Matthew told Meyer. “She never used a recipe for anything.”

In addition to appearing on the show on Sunday, the Burgess brothers were cooking at Hornet Stadium on Friday for attendees of the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, according to their Facebook page.