The Juicy Classic from Cut + Grind, which opened in King’s Cross in October 2017, has been named the best burger in the UK at the National Burger Awards 2018. Cooked by head chef Sammy Ayjkac, it is made with a chuck, brisket, rump and rib cap patty, served with burger béarnaise, lettuce, British cheddar, pickles and red onion. The judges, which included Tim Molema from GBK and Glenn Evans from Las Iguanas, scored The Juicy Classic the highest after 16 rounds of anonymous judging.
“We sell good, honest, clean food,” said Ayjkac, who took home the first prize of £1,000. “We specialise in grinding meat. We mince it in front of the customer. That’s our special thing. So I just did what I do at work. I love what I do and it shows in the food that I make.
“To come here and win is unreal. I can’t believe it. This is going to benefit our business – if we could get another 100 people through the door a day, that would be an absolute dream for a burger restaurant.”
The National Burger Awards 2018 Grand Final was held on 21st February at Islington Metal Works in London, and was hosted by Christian Stevenson (AKA DJ BBQ). Sixteen finalists competed in three rounds that saw them make a Technical Burger, which was made with ingredients supplied by the event’s sponsors; their own-recipe burger that they submitted at the entry process; and a Booker Mystery Box Burger, which was made through pure instinct using a box of ingredients supplied by Booker Wholesale on the day.
Christopher Bartlett from Beef Boxx won Burger Chef of the Year based on his Technical Burger, which contained a beef patty with blue cheese, bacon and crispy shallots. The winner of the Booker Mystery Box Round was Wayne Pike from Young’s Burger Shack, who made a Spiced Chicken Burger.
The National Burger Awards is sponsored by Electrolux Professional, Arla Pro, Branston, Farm Frites, Danish Crown, Speciality Breads, Buffalo Trace and Booker Wholesale. Drinks were supplied by Dalston’s, West Berkshire Brewery and Watneys.