12 noon until 17:00 – Broadgate Circle, London – Free Entry
This Saturday London is in for a real treat! The weekend following Meatopia (which somehow as major meat fans we are yet to attend) and not long after National Burger Day, we’re being spoilt with Slider Decider. And yes, Fork My Piehole will be in attendance to bring you delicious slider news and stuff our pieholes.
Broadgate Circle is Slider Decider’s home for the day – this is a professional chef “burger challenge” and basically there are 17 chefs who have been shortlisted to cook their hearts out (hopefully not literally) to win best slider on Saturday. We’ve been told it’s London’s Best Bun Fight so expect delicious WAR.
The people to impress are us (yes the public gets a vote!), Andy Lynes (restaurant critic – living the dream there, Andy!), Alexi Duggins (editor of Time Out magazine – we love Time Out), Jamie Klingler (the founder of National Burger Day..surely deserves a portrait carved into a cliff for this great founding) and Adam Rawson (winner of the 2015 Slider Decider with a basque beef patty entry). You also read correctly…you and I, the Commoners of Meat, also get to have a say. Let’s also not forget Saturday’s host Joe Warwick (food writer and journo) though I’m unsure whether he gets a vote or is just being a fabulous presenter of the goings-on.
Every guest will be given three stickers to assign to the meat makers we deem worthy of winning the coveted title of Slider Decider OVERLORD (OK. Maybe not overlord but I got excited!) so make sure to get involved, taste as many sliders as you can afford to, then assign your stickers by 4pm. That’s when the counting starts.
Now. This is what you need to know..how many money coins will this cost you? Well the event itself is free. A ‘ticket book’ for Champion Slider stickers (the ones allowing you to wield your power and vote) are £15 and for that you get 5 sliders – priced at £3 each. It’s a winner really! We really can’t wait. And over the day I am thinking I will make it to more than 5 sliders. What? Don’t judge.
Who is competing? What are we in for? (info from here, thank you)
The Meat – 4 legs
Adam Rawson – Last year’s winner
Global Traveller – Aged Basque beef patty, truffle aioli, wild rocket, balsamic onions, pancetta and gorgonzola
Mark Jankel – Street Kitchen
Smokey Bill – aged beef patty, organic chedder, home smoked porchetta, pickled red onions, baby gem, smokey grain mustard mayo, Stokes ketchup, brioche
Iberico pork burger with 5J jamon and manchego in a brioche bun
Ben Waugh – maze Grill
Smoked short rib of beef with tobacco onions and pickles
Tony Kitous – Comptoir Libanais
Levant Dog (hot dog slider) – Lamb kofta hot dog with pistachio and tahini mayonnaise
Joshua Campbell – Smokin’ Buns
The Watership Down – Venison patty, pulled bbq rabbit leg, crispy house cured duck ham, pickled wild mushrooms and wild blackberry compote on an artisan slider bun
Jeremy Pang – Cha Chaan Teng
Short rib bao slider with shredded carrot and coriander pickle and caramelised almonds
Tim Anderson – Nanban
One Million Yen Luxury Train Carriage Slider – aged beef, red miso demi glace, fresh English wasabi, tsuyu-glazed tomato, gem lettuce and truffled aonori mayo
Dan Dabrowski – Balans Soho Society
Black brioche bun with a patty of 4 different types of smoked and cured pork, smoked eel crisps, homemade plum and cherry liqueur ketchup, pickled ceps and a fennel and apple slaw
Robbin Holmgren – Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen
Ibérico pork patty, crispy pig’s jowl, apple slaw, fermented plum BBQ sauce, dill pickles and quince mustard
Jacques Fourie – Ember Yard
Smoked and glazed pork belly, homemade Iberico bacon, smoked tomato jam, pickled apple, Kohlrabi and crispy pigs ears
The Meat – 2 legs
Richard O’Connell – Tom’s Kitchen
Heather smoked grouse breast slider with venison bresaola, spiced sloe chutney pickles in a wholegrain slider bun
Jay Pullum – The Botanist
The Double Winger – confit chicken wing, bbq pulled chicken wing, smoked baked bean ketchup, chicken salt and chicken slaw
Andrew Tajudin – Dickie Fitz
Chicken satay slider with pineapple and cucumber relish
The Meat – Sea Legs
Jim Abbott – Hixter
Crispy sweetcorn battered soft shell crab with pickled lemon and a coriander salad
Jorge Lorenco – Crab Tavern
Champagne lobster burger, rarebit
The ‘Meat’ – No Legs
Sameer Taneja – Talli Joe
The Desi slider – Banana blossom and black chickpea patty inside a bao bun. Served with fenugreek curried mayo, kachumber slaw, saag and in-house packeted crisps.
There will also be a range of chilled bevvies available from Long Arm Brewing Co and The Botanist Bar plus live music. Now all we need is the weather to be on our side and we’re set for a perfect day.
If you’re coming along or are even just posting about your excitement to touch buns then chuck #SliderDecider on your posts to share the love. And on Saturday when you inevitably Instagram your slider snaps, make sure to throw in the tag.
Have a great Slider Decider! And if you see us please make sure to say hi!
Forked by Stefpuff