A spicy burger created by an Ingleton butcher has been named one of Britain’s best - beating rivals from some of the country’s top retailers.
The Cajun chicken burger was made by Kabel Taylor at Country Harvest specifically for the prestigious Meat Management Industry Awards 2016.
The mix of chicken, onion, delicate spicing and crispy covering of Cajun schnitzel breadcrumbs captured the judges’ attention, and they awarded the burger a Highly Commended accolade in Britain’s Best Burger category.
It’s not the first award for the Taylor brothers. Younger brother George, who runs the butchery department at Country Harvest near Ingleton, is a former Young Butcher of the Year and has won national awards for his pork sausage.
He said: “Kabel and I work really well together and it’s great for him to win the award this year! So when we decided to enter these awards Kabel came up with the idea of a lightly spiced chicken burger. We tried them out on our customers and we’re over the moon that the judges liked them as much as our customers did.”
The brothers make up to 10 different flavours of burgers and sausages a week. “We are always getting our customers to try out the new flavours, often people need to taste before they buy.
“We put out pork, ginger and spring onion sausages for a tasting and they started selling really well – before that nobody bought them! But our best seller by far is our pork sausage which won Reserve Champion at an awards in November and since then sales have gone up massively,” said George.
The Taylor brothers work alongside their mum Becky who is famed for the scotch eggs she makes. Between them they buy and butcher all of the meat in house.
George, 24, who qualified at Leeds Thomas Danby College five years ago, leads the team and is now an honorary member of the Institute of Meat.
“I really enjoy working in the backroom, creating new recipes and preparing all the meat products for the customers,” said Kabel. “I leave George to be the frontman and it’s great that he’s so pleased my burger has won this award – we really complement each other.”
The award-winning Cajun chicken burger is now sale in the Country Harvest deli. To find out more about the regular food tastings and events held at the food hall and gift shop subscribe to their quarterly e-newsletter at www.country-harvest.co.uk