Sheffield student’s dream burger design goes national

University of Sheffield student Luke Watson
University of Sheffield student Luke Watson
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A Sheffield student’s spicy culinary creation has been picked to appear on a national fast food chain’s menu.

A fiery burger designed by University of Sheffield student Luke Watson is to go on sale across 1,200 UK MacDonald’s restaurants from today after it won over the taste buds of a judging panel in a national competition.

Luke’s Big Spicy Bacon Burger was one of five winning creations from McDonald’s My Burger competition, which challenged food-lovers to create a customised burger using a beef patty combined with a choice of more than 80 ingredients.

Entrants used an online ‘burger builder’ to assemble their culinary delights and shared online to gain public votes.

The 11 most popular burgers were then tasted by an expert judging panel, which included England rugby legend and Celebrity MasterChef winner Phil Vickery, and Mark Hawthorne, managing director of McDonald’s UK.

Luke topped a beef patty with bacon, cheese with peppers, lettuce, onions, jalapeños and piri-piri mayo and sandwiched it within a chilli chive and sesame topped bun, to create his winning burger, which will be sold at McDonald’s until November 18.

“I like spicy food so I wanted my burger to have a bit of a kick to it,” said Luke. “I still can’t believe that I’m a winner, when I designed my burger I never would have believed it would end up being sold at McDonald’s.

“I’m excited to try all the other My Burger winners’ creations, but I’m most looking forward to trying my Big Spicy Bacon Burger.”