ELLENBROOK resident Joshua Goodacre came very close to clinching the title of Best Burger in the West, crowned runner-up after a live cook-off on WA Day.
Mr Goodacre presented a Linley Valley pulled pork creation, which earned him second place behind Belmont man Gus Gallagher.
Mr Gallagher won the title with his “If you got beef then bring the ruckus burger”, featuring beef three ways – a beef patty, pulled beef and crispy-fried pastrami topped with cold-smoked cheese.
The hunt for the ultimate burger using ingredients farmed, grown or produced in WA was an initiative of the Department of Agriculture and Food’s Buy West Eat Best (BWEB) program, partnered with Celebrate WA and Justin Bell from Jus Burgers.
Department executive director Peter Metcalfe said burger buffs were invited to create their burger and submit recipes via the BWEB Facebook page.
“Following their selection from 17 qualified entries, the four finalists had the benefit of a one-on-one mentor session with Justin to help them finesse their recipe before the cook-off on-stage at the WA Day celebrations at Elizabeth Quay,” Mr Metcalfe said.
“It was fabulous to see Western Australia’s premium pork, lamb, beef and chicken represented in the recipes of the four finalists, which were perfectly complemented by selected garnishes, condiments and buns. The home cooks delivered a delicious array of burgers that perfectly illustrated the high-quality of food produced in Western Australia.”
The judging panel included Justin Bell, well-known food critic Rob Broadfield and Rob Nixon, presenter at Nicko’s Kitchen YouTube Channel.
Mr Gallagher received $500 cash, his burger featured on the Jus Burgers menu and dinner for four at the burger giant.