Welsh butcher gets behind local hero for Euro 2016
Published:  10 June, 2016

Martin Player High Class Butcher in Cardiff has created a Euro Burger to celebrate Wales’ first game of Euro 2016 against Slovakia tomorrow. 

Player produced the burger with the assistance of BBC sports presenter Jason Mohammad, to honour local Welsh player Gareth Bale, whose parents shop at the butcher’s.  

The finished product is made from Welsh beef, chilli and garlic.

“It’s got Welsh beef for Wales, chilli because Bale is on fire and garlic because the Euros are in France,” said Player, who runs the butcher’s shop.

“I’ve made them slightly bigger than the normal 110g burger because it’s a big event. Gareth Bale is a local lad. He’s eaten our meat and his parents Debbie and Frank come in and are regular customers. They are over in France so I don’t know if they’ll make it in to buy any of the burgers though.”

Player explained that Mohammad, also a customer, came up with the idea, while he made it.

“Jason came in to buy some meat and said we needed to sort out a burger for the Euros so I came up with this.

“If it’s a success I’m thinking of following it up with a Rio sausage to mark the Olympics in Brazil.”

Speaking from Dinard, where the Wales team have a base training camp, Mohammad commented: “I was in Martin’s shop a few weeks back and gave him the idea to make some burgers for Euro 2016 and said he’d go for it.

“I got to France on Monday night for the championship and he told me via Twitter that he’d run out of ideas so within five minutes I gave him the burger ideas and ingredients – told him to crack on with it and apparently they taste amazing.

“Martin is a great butcher. I love cooking, love food and coming up with recipes. It was a lot of Euro 2016 fun.”