If you were concerned the cult of miniature burgers was on the wane, this year's Slider Decider at The Gun would have been enough to allay your fears.
A formidable roster of 15 chefs brought their best patties to the Docklands pub on Thursday, June 4, to be judged by Zoe Williams of the Sunday Telegraph, Andy Lynes of Metro, Jonny Pile of ShortList and Mr Hyde executive editor and Tistan O'Hana the editor of Pub and Bar magazine.
After much deliberation, heartburn and theatrics, Adam Rawson of Marylebone's Pachamama was named the winner with his Pan Con Chicharron.
The champion's comrade Adam Takas who helped him create the sliders, said: "It's a good feeling to have won. It's my first proper competition so I'm really really happy.
"Pachamama is a Peruvian restaurant and we use traditional ingredients
"We have some really nice flavours in there including the onions, which we let infuse in tiger's milk – it's quite a complicated recipe but it comes out really nice.
"The meat for the aged beef patty is from Spain – it took two months to find the right quality and it's really nice."
It was a mixed night for gastronomy with honourable mentions going to Bone Daddies' genre-busting ramen slider complete with a bun made of noodles and Bonnie Gull's fishy offering with an oyster on the side.
Sadly it appeared Iberica, the sole Canary Wharf entrant, had failed to read the memo on sliders and simply produced pig-stuffed full size burgers stirring much comment.
Our pick for presentation was Rum Kitchen's chicken oyster sliders that came in a treasure chest filled with smoke.
In the competition runner-up was Owen Sullivan of Maze Grill Park Walk with his soft-shell crab spider slider.
Third place went to Matt Tarantini from Source Battersea with a 35-day aged beef burger.
The Gun's terrace is open all summer serving a range of drinks including its theme cocktail the Aperol Spritz.
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