The winner of the inaugural Inapub Britain's Best Pub Burger competition in association with Shipyard Beer has been announced.
Beating off hundreds of competitors and a shortlist of exceptional quality, "The End of Democracy" burger, produced by a permanent pub residency of the We Serve Humans food brand, has been declared the overall winner.
Available at both the Heathcote and Star and the Leyton Star pubs in Leytonstone, north London, the burger was originally called the Donald Trump burger as a "bit of a joke", but once Trump won the presidential election, it was changed to The End of Democracy.
Paul Human, the architect of the dish, who said he was "chuffed to bits" with his victory, gave Inapub a detailed breakdown of the burger:
The patty: The patty is made from brisket and rib of 21 day aged Suffolk cattle that I get from my supplier in Smithfields. We add some veal bone marrow to it as we find that this adds an extra layer of moisture to the burger.
Bun: The bun is made by my artisan baker and is a brioche to which we add cream to ensure that it less prone to falling apart when eaten.
Chilli: This is made from chuck steak and pork shoulder to which we cook for several days and add the chilli spices
Burger sauce: This is my own sauce which I keep as a closely guarded secret, but what I will say is that we aim for it to have the flavour of the Big Mac burger sauce.
Set up by Paul Human, formerly a rock star in the group A.Human, We Serve Humans is a food consultancy firm that specialises in pop ups, residencies, street food, weddings and mobile catering alongside the pub residencies.
Paul's prize is an all-expenses paid trip to Shipyard Brewery in Maine, USA where he will get to sample some Shipyard ales and take a tour of the brewery facilities.
The craft brewing industry started in Maine when Alan Pugsley moved to America from England where he'd learned to brew under the Peter Austin at Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, England.
Since then Shipyard Brewing Co. and Ringwood Brewery have been collaborating on beers, and the relationship has developed further with the launch of the first permanently available Shipyard beer, American Pale Ale in May 2013. Marston's have also introduced Shipyard IPA and Shipyard Rye Pale Ale as permanent members of the family.