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.
- Paul Clark, The Troll’s Pantry
- James De Jong, Drapers Arms
- Chris Golding, Apero
- Zan Kaufman, Bleecker St Burger
- Roti Chai Street Kitchen
- Shaun Searley, Quality Chop House
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.
One look at the menu below and it’s pretty clear each chef wants you to love his burger so much that voting him the winner will prove to be a no-brainer.
As the event organiser I want you to love all six of their burgers so much that choosing the one most deserving of the Golden Patty Award will prove a struggle, as it’s been throughout the group stage of #LondonBurgerBash. The largest margin of victory in the prior three rounds was 12 votes. [Read more...]
If you told me you were planning to open a swank restaurant two stories below ground level, in a luxury liner of a subterranean space occupied by the ghost of a sunken, 220-seat London restaurant known as Titanic, my response would be:
Look out for iceberg!
I ordered my Soho Diner “single” burger with cheese, bacon and egg and asked that it be cooked medium rare. I’ve put “single” in quotes, as it is technically a double with twin patties.
One minute later the waitress returned. [Read more...]
There are four states of matter: gas, liquid, solid and stracciatella.
I refer not to stracciatella the chocolate-speckled gelato variety, though that too can melt into a border region distinct from the liquid and solid states, but stracciatella the cheese.
Stracciatella (stra-cha-TELL-a ) means “torn apart” in Italian. As cheese it refers either to thin strands of mozzarella soaked in fresh cream or, just as accurately, fresh cream thickened with thin strands of mozzarella. [Read more...]
I suspect Paul edited the video so that amongst 500 participants you see only the ones who don’t look too stressed. Sure, the London food obsessives left in the final cut may appear as though they’re having an easy time of it, eating their burgers, sipping their beers, enjoying the burger-off vibe. But each was required to evaluate 6 burgers from 6 competitors in less than 4 hours before voting for the one most deserving of the #GoldenPattyAward. Their decision was made all the more difficult by the strength of the deep field:
- Richard Turner of Hawksmoor
- Beau Myers of Almost Famous
- Manuel Andrades of Mother Flipper
- Tim Anderson of Nanban
- Joe Grossmann of Patty & Bun
- Team Joe Allen
LondonBurgerBash 2 was the second of four heats in the group stage of the championship. The first, #LondonBurgerBash 1 (see video), was won by Fred Smith. The third – #LondonBurgerBash 3 – will take place later this month. The winners of the four heats will compete in the championship finals, to be held in April 2014.
At my BurgerMonday pop-up dinners the guest chefs usually prepare up to 20 burgers at a time, no more. Giorgio Locatelli is more demanding.
BurgerTuesdays at Locanda Locatelli require more hands and greater concentration: 55 burgers are first grilled to fuchsia-pink perfection (Italians don’t do anything north of medium-rare), then laid out at once and finally assembled with the greatest care by chefs working intently from both sides. The bun tops are imprinted in sesame seeds with the Locanda Locatelli LL logo. [Read more...]