Recipe Challenge | Gourmet Burger Kitchen vs Me

I love a challenge.  Being competitive is more or less a prerequisite when you sign up to be a perfectionist.  So when I was asked to participate in Westfield’s Recipe Challenge, I didn’t have to think twice.

The Challenge?  As part of the current Westfield We are Dining Campaign, I was asked to beat the head chef at a Westfield restaurant by recreating a signature dish from their menu. Bring it.

To my immense delight, I was to be challenging GBK and recreating their new burger The Blazing Sombrero.  G.B.Freakin.K, I love Gourmet Burger Kitchen!  Why?  Well, A.  We are both created by New Zealander’s and B.  They are the tastiest burger restaurant on the UK high street – do not even begin to argue this point with me, I’m a seasoned pro when it comes to eating there.

So the obvious first step was to visit Westfield London, get myself sat down at a GBK table and order The Blazing Sombrero. A tough job, but someone had to do it, and I needed to figure out exactly how I could improve on this extremely tasty burger.

The Blazing Sombrero is not for the weak.  This burger will send your tastebuds into outer space.  I love spicy food and my mouth was still feeling the after burn an hour later.  You’ve been warned!

The Blazing Sombrero consists of a 6oz beef patty, smoked cheddar, chorizo relish, tortilla chips, mayo, rocket and a pickled onion all sandwiched together by the King of bread, a brioche burger bun.

All winning ingredients and super tasty.  How was I going to beat this?  Well folks, this is how….

The Blazing Sombrero 2.0, or as I have renamed it, The Bueno Burger.  I wasn’t planning to reinvent the wheel, I simply made a few changes…

A spicy beef patty enhanced with cajun, chipotle and paprika spices, smoked cheddar, tomato, chunky avocado salsa, tortilla chips, homemade ‘bueno’ sauce and rocket, all sandwiched together with a homemade brioche burger bun.


It was good.  Really, really good.  When I’m eating Mexican food , there must always be guacamole involved.  I replaced GBK’s chorizo relish with chunky avocado salsa, complete with lime and coriander to give this Mexican inspired burger and fresh and tangy kick.  Replacing the mayo with my very own ‘bueno’ sauce – a mix of sour cream, yellow mustard, ketchup, pickles and hot sauce, this drove the burger across the finishing line in first place for me.

It was a close call to say who created the best burger and whether mine really was better than The Blazing Sombrero, but as I’m an avocado fan, I am giving myself the gold medal.  However, you simply must not miss out on GBK’s latest menu addition, spicy, delicious and with one heck of a kick, I feel confident you’re going to love it!

So what are you waiting for?  Westfield London are open seven days a week, so there is no excuse!  Get down to the mall for a day of shopping, a spot of cinema watching and a whole lot of eating with over 60 places to eat and drink and some great discounts to enjoy during their We are Dining celebration.

Thanks for having me GBK!  See you soon x


  1. That looks like a tasty burger! here in America, the only thing that could improve it would be to deep fry the entire thing. 🙂

    • How very Man vs Food Bruce! I’m still devastated the Deep Fried Twinkie stand was closed in Santa Cruz back in 2006.

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