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Colin James

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The Beefy Boys ‘Butty Back’ burger wows judges in final round of

World Burger Championships!


The Beefy Boys have excelled in The World Burger Championships in Las Vegas, with their Butty Back burger claiming top spot in the final round!  The team’s cumulative scores saw them take an amazing overall 2nd place in the world!


The Beefy Boys are six amateur cooks from Herefordshire, whose passion for turning quality local produce into amazing BBQ foods, guided only by their taste buds and a lot of experimentation has catapulted them into the spotlights on the world food stage.  They won Best Burger at the top UK BBQ competition Grillstock in Bristol in June and qualified for a place at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas, to compete against 50 of the best burger teams in the world. 


The World Food Championships is the highest stakes food competition in the world. This multi-day, live-event culinary competition in Downtown Las Vegas, showcases some of the world's best cooking masters competing for fame and fortune, and is broadcast to millions via a 6 episode US TV series.


The competition was already tough, with experienced professional competition teams but the Beefy Boys faced the added challenge of having to recreate their burgers from scratch Stateside as they were unable to import their 21 day-aged Herefordshire meat and specially baked local brioche buns – both of which had to be sourced from scratch in Las Vegas, to the team’s demanding specifications. 


They successfully won their way through to the 10 team final and then pulled out all the stops with their ‘Butty Back’ Burger in the final round.  This show-stopping burger featured their signature patty – mouth-watering beef brisket smoked with Butty Bach ale from Wye Valley Brewery and impressed the judges with its deliciously matched Butty Bach sauce. 


On overall scores, they were piped at the post by the 2013 World Burger Champions but for a self-taught UK team to reach second place, beating many successful American teams at their own game, is an incredible achievement.   For the boys from Hereford, it still feels like hitting the jackpot.  They take home a prize pot of $5,000. “We feel so fortunate to be able to showcase Herefordshire and a take a taste of the county and its produce on to the world’s stage - elements that without which we wouldn't have been able to achieve what we have so far,” said Christian Williams, one of the amateur cooks. “It was an incredible experience and we can’t wait to share it with everyone back home.”


The whole story of the Beefy Boy’s Las Vegas adventures has been captured on film by Shooting Reels and the first cuts will be released before Christmas.   


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