Aberdonians have been dining on spam-a-lot this summer after a competition to find a new burger filling saw fritters fly to the top of the menu.
The Aberdeen Skyway Hotel launched the contest at the Taste of Grampian Festival in June, offering visitors the chance to create an inventive aviation themed burger to feature on the hotel’s restaurant menu.
And judges were left fired up by Fraserburgh engineer Andrew Brown’s Spitfire burger entry, consisting of an Aberdeen Angus patty topped with spam fritter, habenero salsa, Swiss cheese, rocket, chard salad and a thick spread of chilli mayonnaise.
Praised for his balance of flavours and ingenuity, the 28-year-old was invited to see his creation come to life in the Skyway kitchen.
Brown said: "I couldn’t believe it when the hotel called me to say my recipe had won. It was actually my friend who persuaded me to enter, knowing my love of a good burger. I’d never made the recipe but I knew the ingredients would marry up well.
"I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with one of the chefs creating my burger and when I finally got to try it, it was every bit as amazing as I’d imagined. The key is in the name though with a definite kick coming from the chilli."
The hotel has been delighted with the response from diners who have been choosing the spitfire burger in their droves.
Alison Christie, general manager at The Aberdeen Skyway Hotel, said: "We added Andrew’s Spitfire to the menu at the start of July, giving summer visitors an option to try something unique during their visit.
"The competition has been such a success that we may look to do it again in the future."
Andrew added: “To have my dish on the menu is quite an accolade, even if I do have to put up with my friends calling me the burger king from now on.“