Burgers have always been featured prominently on the menus of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s within his Kitchen Nightmares television program. Chef Ramsay, known to be a straight talker albeit fiercely blunt, has helped transform struggling dining locations across America.
Even on his lively, entertaining Roadtrip America with Gino and Fred, Gordon Ramsay was determined to explore what makes an American burger so good. Now he is aiming to promote the ultimate burger – but with a British twist – by opening up a new UK restaurant chain.
The Grand Opening of Gordon Ramsay’s Street Burger
The first Street Burger restaurant opened recently close to St Paul’s Cathedral, and was followed quickly by outlets in Charing Cross Road and Covent Garden London.
Two more outlets have already opened outside London, at Woking and Reading. Newly announced is its biggest restaurant to date located in The O2 entertainment district.
Takeaway and delivery options are available at each site as well as indoor dining.
Casual, relaxed and quirky, Street Burger reflects Gordon Ramsay’s style. Industrial style furniture, graffiti murals cover the interior walls matched with bright neon tube lighting to create a street vibe.
Burgers are served from noon to 11pm.
The Menu at Street Burger
These restaurants mark his entry into the fast food sector, but with a premium offer. All burgers are served with seasoned fries, a selection of sauces plus unlimited soft drinks.
The menu is definitely far removed from a typical burger takeaway.
Hell’s Kitchen Burger comprises a Lake District beef patty, jalapeno & padron pepper salsa, smoked cheese and smoked sriracha sauce, while the O.G. R Burger contains a Lake District beef patty, smoked cheese, house relish and salad.
Diners wanting something slightly different can opt for a BAE burger. The BAE burger is crafted with Lake District beef, treacle cured bacon, over easy egg and tomato sauce. Or, diners can choose the Where’s the Lamb burger made from Herdwick Lamb Patty, mint yoghurt, and roasted piquillo peppers.
Vegetarians and vegans are not forgotten as Ramsay has created a Butternut Bhaji burger complete with butternut squash and courgette patty, masala, mango chutney, coriander & mint yogurt.
Among the menu upgrades available are Wagyu, nuts, olives and sweet potato fries. Alternative drinks on offer include local beers such as Camden Hells Lager and cocktails such as Bramble Negroni and Paloma Spritz.
Commenting on the new venture, Gordon Ramsay says, “The fit out is amazing. The burgers are beautiful, and the blend is incredible.”
Locally Sourced Ingredients
All the ingredients are the best available such as Potatoes sourced from the Pierre Koffman range. The legendary Herdwick Sheep are only found in the Lake District. The breeding of these rare sheep was encouraged by the beloved children’s book author Beatrix Potter. Potter owned large swathes of farmland in the area.
Incorporating a Formal Training Program
An unusual feature of the Street Burger chain is the involvement of a training option. Ramsay has already launched the careers of numerous chefs who have worked in his kitchens, now he is planning to open a formal training kitchen.
The Gordon Ramsay Academy Cookery School is set to open this autumn. The school will utilize premises directly above the Street Burger Restaurant, Woking.
Anyone interested in food will be welcome to book sessions at the Academy. It is targeting professional cooks and chefs as well as home cooks wanting to improve their skills.
Gordon Ramsay says, “I know how important mentors are, how important it is as a professional chef to sharpen your skills and to gain valuable work place experience in a professional kitchen environment.
Through my network of restaurants and the incredible teams who work with me, I have the ability to offer hands-on, practical, career-changing opportunities. I hope these will inspire, motivate and develop a new generation of talented chefs for the future.”