BurgerMonday Championship

London, 5 May - 4 August 2014
Honest Burgers
Disco Bistro
Elliot's Cafe
Bleecker St Burger
Dip & Flip
Burger Bear
Almost Famous

The BurgerMonday Championship is the Wimbledon of burgers, a single-elimination tournament pitting 8 burgers greats –  Almost FamousBleecker St BleeckerBurger BearDisco BistroDip & FlipElliot’s Cafe,  HawskmoorHonest Burgers – against one another in a series of Monday-night match-ups. All head-to-head clashes leading up to the August 4th #BMChampionship Final will be held at Climpson’s Arch, a bar, restaurant and roastery beneath the railways arches near London Fields Station in East London (map).

They’ll be no halving of burgers at the Quarters, Semis and Finals, at least not by the chefs. As a full ticketholder you will be asked to take on two full burgers, one from each competitor, before voting for the one you deemed best.

Due to space limitations no one will be admitted to #BMchampionship matches without a ticket. A limited number of admission-only tickets are available to those who either wish to share burgers with a full ticketholder or come as a spectator.

14 April Launch Party Climpson’s Arch £12.50
5 May Quarter-Final A Climpson’s Arch £25
19 May Quarter-Final B Climpson’s Arch £25
2 June Quarter-Final C Climpson’s Arch £25
16 June Quarter-Final D Climpson’s Arch £25
7 July Semi-Final A Climpson’s Arch £30
21 July Semi-Final B Climpson’s Arch £30
4 August Final Venue TBA £35


Alexis Gauthier’s Smokin BurgerMonday

When Alexis Gauthier  accepted my challenge to create a one-off burger for the January 27th BurgerMonday at Andrew’s Gray’s Inn greasy spoon I assumed he would reinvent, deconstruct, Frenchify or otherwise gastronomise the American classic. But the chef at Gauthier Soho, one of London’s highest rated restaurants, chose to preserve the simplicity and integrity of a good burger-joint burger made with bun, patty, melted cheese, lettuce, onion and pink sauce.

Alexis Gauthier's special burger sauceAlexis did, however, seek an extra dimension, a special effect to distinguish his BurgerMonday cheeseburger. [Read more...]

Mayfields Fries BurgerMonday Patty on Parchment Paper


Mayfields may be a window box of a storefront East London restaurant treasured for deftly crafted small plates of boutique produce, meat and fish. Yet there was nothing dainty about the steakburger chef Matthew Young created for the January 13th BurgerMonday, was there (see below)?
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Pavilion Cafe’s Breakfast Burger a Hit Out of the Park

The Pavilion Cafe in East London’s glorious Victoria Park is run by the team behind Elliot’s Cafe. The familial resemblance is apparent in the careful construction of the Pavilion’s new breakfast burger, which sits up as securely in its house-baked seeded bun as does the Elliot’s lunch burger, one of the top 10 beef burgers in London. Both share the same fondness for sweet onions. [Read more...]

Pizza Pilgrims Think Out of Box & Into Pan

Pizza Pilgrims Frying Pan Pizza Pan“I have something for you,” said Londoner James Elliot, one of the Pizza Pilgrims behind the pizza van and insanely popular pizzeria of that name. “I’d like to you take it home and test it.”
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Top 10 Posts of 2013

Top 10 Posts of 2013
10) 8 Naples Pizzerias in 1 Day & 2 Minutes
9) 1+1=3 at London's New Electric Diner
8) 5 Reasons to Love and Hate
The Fish & Chip Shop
7) Good Vibe No Magic at Voodoo Ray's Pizza
6) Shake Shack is in London &
So's The Meyer Touch
5) Meet the Burgers #LondonBurgerBash 3
4) A London Pizza Tragedy in One Act
3) Meet the Burgers #LondonBurgerBash 4
2) The Best Fish & Chips in London
1) Top 10 Fish & Chips in London


These are the most viewed young&foodish posts of 2013. Click on the slides to link to the respective posts.


James Hoffmann Preaches New Gospel at Ace Hotel Coffee Shop

Bulldog Edition
News that the new Ace Hotel in London’s Shoreditch would be setting up its resident coffee shop in collaboration with Square Mile Coffee Roasters brought expectations of groundbreaking brewing techniques, cutting-edge gadgetry and barista performance art.

But Square Mile co-owner James Hoffman dropped the coffee geekery for our meeting at Bulldog Edition, as the Ace’s coffee shop is known. [Read more...]

#LondonBurgerBash 3: The Movie

#LondonBurgerBash 3 The Movie is a Paul Winch-Furness production shot by Jacob Milligan and Amy Miller at Camden Town Brewery, 28-29 July 2013. The featured competitors were:

This was the third of four rounds in the group stage of #LondonBurgerBash. The fourth round will take place 3-4 November 2013 with six new competitors.