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Burger Blogger Bites into Bucket List

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Wednesday 14 August

Burger Blogger Bites into Bucket List

Pete Watson is set for the burger experience of a lifetime as he tastes 17 gourmet burgers in 17 days, created by top local chefs as part of the Burger Wellington competition, presented by Garage Project.  

Watson was chosen from among more than 100 hopefuls vying for the chance to eat their way through a personal ‘bucket list’ of entries.  Wellingtonian Peter will enjoy a burger from his list for each of the 17 days of the Visa Wellington On a Plate food festival (9 – 25 Aug), blogging about his experience at

As an avowed burger fan, Watson is excited by the literally mouth-watering opportunity;

“No food provides a more visceral, primal experience than a lovingly crafted burger eaten handful by succulent handful, mouthful by heart-swelling mouthful.”

Those concerned for Watson’s nutrition can take heart. The Burger Wellington entries in his list include patties that range from traditional beef, to venison, duck and tarakihi. Veges even get a look in with salad fillings as diverse as radish slaw, kimchi and pickled beetroot.

Considering he will be reviewing such a variety of burgers, Watson plans to keep an open mind, but there is one burger he’s especially looking forward to:

“Without question the thought of The Larder's Dough and Deer makes my heart swell. Offal in a bun? Yes please, vicar.”

The aim of the blog is to have some fun while providing an authentic perspective, says Visa Wellington On a Plate Festival Co-director, Sarah Meikle.

“We wanted to showcase a reviewer with a fresh outlook who was a genuine burger lover. The festival is all about connecting the people of Wellington with the amazing produce and chefs in our region. Burger Wellington and Pete’s blog are at the heart of that idea.”

For his part, Watson is looking forward to the opportunity to balance a little personal ledger.

“I am massively indebted on the date front to my gorgeous girlfriend and, quite frankly, seventeen burgers is probably the least I could do.”
:: You can read Pete’s blog entries at

How Burger Wellington Works
No pattie will be left unturned and no chip un-fried as over 60 of Wellington’s finest eateries flex their buns in the annual battle of the burger. Your tastebuds determine the winner...
1. First, choose a DINE Wellington restaurant offering a burger. Here’s the list!
2. Eat.
3. Rate your burger (out of 10) and text us your score with the name of the restaurant to 8552.
4. Now you’re in the draw to win a night out burger than Ben-Hur! (terms and conditions here, if you’re that sort.)
Once the votes have been tallied up, the top five finalists are decided and enter into the mighty Burger Wellington Cook Off that is judged by a panel of burger experts.
View all 2013 Burger Wellington entries >
About Visa Wellington On a Plate

New Zealand’s largest and tastiest culinary festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate, is set to serve good times and great deals from August 9-25. Get your knives and forks out for a feast of experiences to please every palate and budget.  The festival centrepiece is DINE Wellington, a fortnight where over 100 of the region's finest eateries offer delectable lunchtime and dinner set menus. This year will also see the return of the popular ‘battle of the Burger’, Burger Wellington, and a bevy of over 100 events including Beervana and Wellington Fisher & Paykel MasterClass.


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