HEREFORD’S Beefy Boys can boast the best burger in the world – with their 'Butty Back' creation claiming top spot in the final round of the World Burger Championships in Las Vegas.

The team of amateur chefs were pipped to silver in the overall standings by Chicago BBQ competition team Second City Smoke, but will return home having shown Hereford can hang with the best in the business.

“We feel so fortunate to be able to showcase Herefordshire and a take a taste of the county and its produce on to the world’s stage - elements that without which we wouldn't have been able to achieve what we have so far,” said Christian Williams, who along with Anthony Murphy, Lee Symonds, Chris Williams, Daniel Mayo-Evans and Steve Mcgowan, make up the Beefy Boys.

“It was an incredible experience and we can’t wait to share it with everyone back home.”

They will also be bringing back $5,000 in prize money and documentary footage of the competition, the first cuts of which will be released before Christmas.

And the team are looking to graduate from pop-up restaurants to a more permanent spot, with an opportunity to take up a residency in Liverpool near to the world-famous Cavern Club.

The competition formed part of the World Food Championships – broadcast to millions on US television – but it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the team.

Unable to import their 21-day aged Herefordshire beef or the locally-baked brioche buns that saw them scoop the UK crown at Grillstock 2014, the team had to source ingredients from scratch once they landed in Nevada.

However there prize-winning burger did contain a taste of home, using Wye Valley Brewery’s Butty Bach to smoke their beef brisket, and matching it with a special sauce that also used the popular Herefordshire ale.

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