STAFF at a city butchers are celebrating after winning top awards for creating one of the country’s best burgers.
Solent Butchers in Dundas Lane, Portsmouth, won gold awards for their prime beef burger and gourmet steak burger.
The firm was one of 23 companies nationwide to make it to the final stages of Britain’s Best Burger.
Owner Mark Cristofoli said he was thrilled that their burgers made it so far in the competition and came away with two awards.
He said: ‘We were excited because of the amount of work that the guys put in.
‘We have done lots of development work with different types of meat. A lot of work goes into the end result.
‘We have spent months working on it to come up with a range of different burgers.’
Solent Butchers first began making its own range of sausages eight years ago and they did well in various competitions.
Then, Mark decided it was time to develop their own range of burgers.
The firm has developed its own registered brand for its specific recipes.
It’s called the Solent select premium burger and sausage range.
Mark added that more and more people are enjoying buying good quality burgers.
‘It’s a developing market,’ he said.
‘People are prepared to pay a lot more for a good quality burger.
‘Once upon a time it was a burger from a van. We are always looking for a niche market.
‘We have had the brand registered.
‘The idea is to build on that brand.
‘But we are always about what the customer wants.
‘We have got to work together as a team to create the end result.’
The biannual competition was organised by industry body EBLEX – The organisation for the English Beef and Sheep Industry.
To achieve a gold award, burgers had to score between 95 and 100 points from judges.