Glenn Evans of Las Iguanas has won the National Burger Awards 2017.
Evans, who was cooking off against 15 other chefs from across the industry, was crowned overall winner after an exciting day of grilling at the Islington Metal Works in London. As well as claiming the national title, he also took home the £1,000 prize money.
The star of the show was the Las Iguanas Buenos Aires Burger – a beef patty made with 50% short rib and 50% chuck mince, Provaleta cheese, grilled smoky chorizo, caramelised onions, chimichurri and aioli.
“It’s a big milestone for us,” says Kasi Govarthan, Las Iguanas operations manager. “We always create good burgers and we are passionate about the food that we serve. This gives us a great opportunity to tell the world that we are doing great burgers and it’s not just Mexican food – we do great fresh food and our burgers are some of the best. We definitely want everyone to try it. It’s a big, big achievement for us. This award is definitely going to bring in a lot of people who are passionate about good food and that is what we are all about.”
The cook-off, which was hosted by DJ BBQ, consisted of 16 chefs creating three different burgers for the day’s judges – their own Signature burger; a Technical burger made up of ingredients from the National Burger Awards sponsors; and a burger devised instinctively on the spot from a Booker Mystery Box of ingredients.
Chris Spencer of Lockhouse in Paddington won Best Signature Burger, with his Locked & Loaded burger – a chuck and rib beef patty topped with dry cured Norfolk smoked streaky bacon and two slices of American cheese, combined with burger sauce, shredded lettuce, red onion and gherkins, between a brioche bun.
Ivo Pinto of The Lowry Hotel scooped the Best Technical Burger award, while Christian Stoner of Meat and Shake won the Booker Mystery Box round.
This year’s burgers were judged by Hawksmoor co-founder Richard Turner, Byron head of food Fred Smith, Telegraph food writer Xanthe Clay, Tristan O’Hana, editor of Casual Dining Magazine, and Andy Waugh, founder of Mac & Wild, which won 2016’s National Burger Awards.
The National Burger Awards is sponsored by Danish Crown, Speciality Breads, Norseland, Branston, McCain, Buffalo Trace, Charles Wells, Pepsi MAX, Electrolux and Booker.