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PUBLISHED: 16:27 19 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:42 23 August 2010

PROUD: Roy with son Daniel and their award winning burgers.

PROUD: Roy with son Daniel and their award winning burgers.

CELEBRITY chef Marco Pierre White and top jockey Frankie Dettori already recognise the quality of a family run food company hoping to take the title of England s Best Burger. Ben Burgers Ltd, based at Springhead, Northfleet, has progressed into the final

CELEBRITY chef Marco Pierre White and top jockey Frankie Dettori already recognise the quality of a family run food company hoping to take the title of England's Best Burger.

Ben Burgers Ltd, based at Springhead, Northfleet, has progressed into the final of the prestigious competition in the manufacturer category, collecting a gold award by scoring a mark of 95 per cent or higher in the process.

As well as supplying the restaurants of the famous duo, Ben's Burgers, situated on the former H T Webb cheese manufacturers site, also includes Selfridges and restaurant chain Bodeans as its clients.

Roy Baker, one of the company's directors was delighted with his product's success in their first entrance into the competition.

He said: "Winning a gold award is one thing but to be crowned England's best burger would be something really special.

"Burgers have this reputation as being unhealthy but its just not true - not if they are made right,"

More than 70 entrants has been whittled down to 14 who will compete for the crown of best burger at the Meat Management Awards on June 9.

Mr Baker who moved his company from Stratford to Northfleet in 2007 when work on the Olympic Park began, explained the secret to the Ben Burger's success, saying: "We only use fresh English steer beef sourced from near Bath and Bristol. A lot of burger manufacturers cut corners by including flavour enhancers or mixing in cow hearts.

"We believe when you eat a burger it should taste like a piece of steak and you shouldn't have to taste it again when it repeats on you. For me there is nothing worse than eating something that repeats on you."

And the future is looking bright for Ben Burgers. He added: "We are looking at securing a deal with some leading pub chains. This could see us expand and create some job opportunities for local people so it is an exciting time.

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