The Feathers Hotel Precinct has taken out the title of South Australia’s Best Pub Burger.
The wagyu beef burger, available everyday in the hotel’s outdoor Terrace dining space, took out the winning spot in the AHA SA Best Pub Burger Challenge at Tasting Australia yesterday, in front of an expert judging panel and live audience.
The $24 winning burger – incorporating a wagyu beef patty, smoked bacon, cheddar, tomato, lettuce, mustard mayo, chimmi and crispy bits – was up against 12 other hotel finalists in the blind tasting elimination round in Adelaide’s Town Square.
Prepared by Feathers Hotel Precinct’s Executive Chef Luke Brabin, the burger scored top marks for excellent flavour with the addition of chimichurri, and presentation.
Feathers Hotel Venue Manager Andrew McDowell said he was thrilled with the result and commended Luke on his efforts.
“We are very proud and excited to say that South Australia’s best pub burger can now be found in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs – right here at The Feathers Hotel,” Mr McDowell said.
Burgers were judged on a variety of elements such as taste, presentation, value for money, meat content and quality of produce.
The judging panel included SA Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, The Hon David Ridgway MLC, Shane Wood – Holco Fine Meat Suppliers, Chris Stephan – Pen & Palate, Emma Shearer – TA Ambassador & The Lost Loaf, and Adelaide Chef Nicholas Finn. Master of Ceremonies for the challenge was renown Celebrity Chef Adam Swanson.
“This award win is testament to Luke’s exceptional culinary talents and his ability to prepare a range of quality food with amazing flavours that really pack a punch,” Mr McDowell said.
“On behalf of the entire Feathers Hotel team we congratulate Luke on this excellent achievement.”
More than 50 hotels from across the State entered the competition, which is sponsored by Holco Fine Meat Suppliers.
The Feathers Hotel Precinct recently launched its new Greenhouse Restaurant, which also debuts a new menu and fine wine cellar, as well as its broader hotel refurbishment.
Luke Brabin joined the Feathers Hotel Precinct as Executive Chef in late 2018. He has trained under the mentorship and guidance of some of Australia’s and the world’s finest and most celebrated chefs including Cheong Liew, Simon Bryant, Luke Mangan, Tim Pak Poy, Josh Emmett and Gordon Ramsay.
Luke has spent many years working in busy five-star hotels and top fine dining restaurants in Australia and China. These include Shanghai’s five-star Regal International East Asia Hotel, Maze Restaurant in Melbourne’s Crown Metropole, The Botanical Hotel in Melbourne’s South Yarra and Hilton International Adelaide.
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