Tribal Burger takes TV fast food show crown

Tribal Burger takes TV fast food show crown

A new TV show has crowned Tribal Burger as the fast food winner of its debut episode.

BBC One’s Fast Food Face Off pitted the eatery, which boasts branches on Botanic and in Belfast city centre, against The Hatch food truck which bases itself in Newcastle, Co Down.

With takeaway food enjoying a Covid-fueled boom, host comedian Josh Jones pitted Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn against musician Gemma Bradley, championing The Hatch and Tribal Burger respectively.

After winning out following three rounds of taste tests, Tribal burger co-founder Paul Catterson said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to take part in this new show for the BBC.

“And, of course, we are thrilled that our team took home the winning title.

“Our research has shown an overwhelming market rise in casual dining over fine dining, and this has been intensified by the pandemic restrictions and people’s appetite for the reinvigoration of takeaway food experiences.

“The production of shows such as Fast Food Face Off is testament to this trend remaining steadfast, even as restrictions ease.”

Tribal burger was founded by Mr Catterson and his wife Elaine in 2017, and the former  head chef at Shu told the latest edition of LCN how the need for change prompted the launch of the business.

He told LCN: “I suppose I wanted a change…. Needed a change.  The hospitality industry can be very anti-social in terms of late nights and weekend work and I needed to make that change for my family.  I was missing out on life and the children growing up.

“I went to Chile on an organised hospitality trip with others in the NI hospitality industry and that was the turning point for me.  I watched how they cooked their food on the side of streets, fire pits up the side of mountains and I felt that this was the change I was searching for.  Elaine was doing a business degree at the time, having returned to education once the boys went to school and we felt the time was right to go out on our own.”

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