Best beefburger announced
Published:  20 December, 2006

England's best beefburger has been revealed following a nationwide search.

The nationwide search for England's best beefburger culminated in the announcement of the winners in three categories this week.

Tony Robson-Burrell, from The Wheatsheaf at Oaksey, Wiltshire, won the catering category with his rump steak burger; Ben Parker from Frank Parker Butchers Limited, Warwickshire, won the manufacturing category with his low-fat beefburger and Brian Fawcett from Gilmoor Foods, Harrogate, won the school meals category with his Yorkshire Dales beefburger.

The competition, which was organised by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) and held in association with sporting charity SportsAid, set out to find England's best burger.

The competition consisted of three categories: school meals, catering and manufacturing. For the school meals category, food professionals, such as local authority caterers, independent school caterers and butchers, were asked to submit a recipe using Quality Standard beef mince. The catering sector category looked for a healthy handmade beefburger which could be ideally served in pubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes, while the manufacturing category asked for burgers made by large scale manufacturers, food chain suppliers or independent butchers that would be ideal for catering needs.

Hugh Judd, foodservice project manger for EBLEX and one of the five judges, said: "We were really impressed with the quality of the burgers submitted and particularly delighted that all of the winning burgers are not only well balanced but also met all the required Food Standards Agency (FSA) standards for burgers.

"All the burgers which reached the final were tasty, tender and of exceptional quality but the winning burgers were just that little bit extra special. Each of the category winners had obviously worked really hard in their quest to create England's best beefburger, and we believe they have succeeded."

Each of the category winners will now be presented with a crystal trophy and certificate of excellence by EBLEX chief executive Richard Ali. All three winners will also be given a sporting experience of their choice up to the value of £500.