CHEF’S BEEF WITH AUSSIE BURGERS

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AUSSIE burger kings are siz­zling with anger af­ter US chef David Chang claimed we ru­ined ham­burg­ers more than any­one else in the world.

Aus­tralian celebrity chef Neil Perry said New Yorker Chang, who owns Mo­mo­fuku Seiobo in Syd­ney, was just a “crazy cat who likes to be con­tro­ver­sial”.

In a pro­fan­ity- lit­tered “Burger Man­i­festo” rant on his web­site, Chang said Aus­tralians had dared to com­mit crimes against the multi- lay­ered ham­burger.

“You know who f*** s up burgers more than any­one else in the world? Aus­tralians. Aus­tralia has no idea what a burger is. They put a fried egg on their burger. They put canned beet­root on it, like a wedge of it. I am not jok­ing you. This is how they eat their burger,” the web post said.

Perry, who of­fers a Cape Grim burger with Aussie house- made pick­led beet­root at his Burger Pro­ject in Syd­ney’s CBD, didn’t mince his re­sponse.

“I’m not much of an egg man my­self and he’s en­ti­tled to his opin­ion, but these are the sorts of burgers of Aus­tralia’s past,” Perry said.

“If you look at burgers in Amer­ica, fast food burgers are or­di­nary and have a whole lot of things on them as well. ”

Grill’d chain mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Amy Smith said Aus­tralian burgers had pro­gressed be­yond what Chang de­scribed.

“We in Aus­tralia are ahead of the curve in in­no­va­tion,” she said.

“There is a huge va­ri­ety of great in­gre­di­ents in Aus­tralia.”

Pic­ture: MARK CALLEJA

MESSY BUSI­NESS: Court­ney Judd, 21, tucks into a true Aussie burger.

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