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Altrincham’s burger king & queen crowned
12:37pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
BARRY Cooperman, proprietor of La Rioja restaurant in Altrincham, was crowned the town’s ‘King Burger’ on Thursday.
The accolade was bestowed for his Chorizo Burger as part of a ‘Burger Off’ competition in the town. The title of ‘Queen Burger’ went to Jonny Hanson, proprietor of Oxford Road Café for his mixed bean & roast vegetable burger.
Both were ‘crowned’ at Altrincham Town Hall as the category and overall winners were announced. House Restaurant and Bar on Goose Green gained two titles – ‘Prince’ and ‘Princess’ - having been runners up in both the meaty and veggie burger categories with their Klausse Burger and Allotment Veggie Burger.
A panel of Altrincham tweeters, many of whom met each other for the first time, sampled and judged seven meaty and six veggie burgers in succession on Wednesday evening on a whistle-stop tour around the competitors’ premises.
The ‘Burger Off’ competition was organised by Our Altrincham and Altrincham Town Centre Partnership to raise awareness about the quality and variety of food on offer in the town, illustrating the point using just one popular meal category.
The panel of nine judges included three vegetarians and was comprised of ordinary Altrincham consumers who frequently use Twitter to promote local businesses. They all tweeted photographs and comments throughout the sampling and using the hashtag #BurgerOff, reached almost 15,000 Twitter accounts during the one evening.
The panel were given a very warm welcome by the town’s newest entrant, Blue Dog Bar on Ashley Road, a venue which is unique in serving a variety of keenly priced burgers including kangaroo and zebra as ‘specials’ along with a vegetarian Falafel Burger.
From Blue Dog Bar, the panel proceeded at 20-30 minute intervals to Oxford Road Café, The Unicorn Pub (Wetherspoons), House Restaurant & Bar, Bloom Live, La Rioja and finally to The Old Roebuck Inn on Victoria Street.
Burgers were scored as they went along and having sampled all of the entries, each judge then nominated their favourite meaty and veggie burger. It was a close run competition and the panel were disappointed to leave Bloom Live just as the free live entertainment was starting. It was recognised by all judges that although entertainment and ambience were not scored, they are influential factors when it comes to the enjoyment of a meal out.
Category winners and runners up were: Category Winner Runner(s) up Presentation - Winner: The Old Roebuck Inn; Runner-up: House Restaurant & Bar.
Burger Flavour - Winner: La Rioja Runner-up: Bloom Live.
Burger Bun - Winner: The Old Roebuck Inn; Runner up La Rioja & Oxford Road Café.
Accompanying Side Servings/Garnishes - Winner: House Restaurant & Bar; Runner-up:Oxford Road Café.
Overall Combination of Flavours - Winner: House Restaurant & Bar; Runner-up: Oxford Road Café.
Value For Money - Winner: The Old Roebuck Inn; Runner-up: The Unicorn Pub (Wetherspoons)
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