PHUKET: Everyone loves a great burger. The perfect ratio of burger to bun, the selection of choice ingredients and the overall personality of the burger maestro are all major factors in determining whether any hamburger is worthy of the label “Phuket’s Best Burger”
Now in its 5th year, Phuket Best Burger has become one of Phuket’s most loved events. This year, Phuket’s Best Burger will be getting all “burgerliscious” at Boat Lagoon Marina on Saturday 30th March; restaurateurs and chefs will all compete to see whose burger reigns supreme and become Phuket’s Best Burger 2019 “Dare to Dream”.
The event was conceptualized in 2013 by Jay Leshark, while he was working with Phuket Live radio and saving the Phuket airwaves with his weekend brunch radio show. Jay was looking for an event idea that would be something different for Phuket, something to do with food, and something fun.
“I honestly never thought it would be as big as it has got”, said Jay. “It was just a crazy idea I had which has grown over the past 5 years”.
“It was the history of burgers that also really interested me”, Jay went on, “Burgers can be traced back to 1209 when Genghis Khan’s army needed food that could be carried on their mounts and eaten easily with one hand while they rode, ground meat was the perfect choice, and if its good enough for Genghis Khan then who are we to argue.”
After a couple of years of planning, which really meant going around Phuket eating burgers, and studying burger competitions around the world, the inaugural event was held in March 2015 and the first ever winner was Xana Beach Club, in Cherng Talay. In 2016 Kata Rocks, in Kata, was declared the winner and in 2017 it was the Thavorn Beach Village & Spa, in Karon, and then again in 2018. So far, The Thavorn Beach Village & Spa are the only ever two-time winner.
This year’s event is set to be the biggest and best ever. The venue at Phuket Boat Lagoon is fabulous and there are some awesome sponsors lined up to ensure the event will be a success.
There will be live music on the stage with the likes of the Two Chef Band, famous from Jason Wilders Drive time show, as well as some great children’s activities, mixed drink shows, craft beverages and much much more.
But what does the winner get? Well not only do they get bragging rights for 1 year and the Phuket’s Best Burger trophy, they also receive a host of other prizes from the amazing sponsors, such as advertisements options with some of the largest media companies in Phuket and BBQ equipment from the BBQ Shop, totalling over THB 250,000.-