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What a month it’s been! We now officially know that Bristol is home to the UK’s ultimate burger, thanks to a patty-flippin’ amazing day at the National Burger Awards 2022. Seeing so many names, from restaurants and street food traders of all sizes and from all over the UK, together in one place after a traumatic two-year period for the industry was incredibly uplifting. The smiles were contagious, the action was fast-paced and the atmosphere was electric. Not only did we settle the score on three critical categories – Signature, Technical and Vegan – but we also threw in a couple of bonus challenges (Blogger’s Choice and Mayo Mixologist) for good measure. And boy, did our finalists deliver! If you missed out on this year’s event, don’t fret – you’ve come to the right place. This issue covers everything you need to know, starting on page 20.

Also in this edition, we chat to Mitch Tonks, founder and CEO of seafood specialist Rockfish about his latest project, the Rockfish Seafood Academy (p.14); talk to hotel restaurant operators about their summer prep (p.32); and explore the flavoursome world of condiments, sauces and seasonings (p.36). And if you haven’t already, folks, be sure to follow Dine Out on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay on top of all the restaurant industry action.


Genna Ash-Brown