Newbie: Eat Burger in Cronulla. Photo: SuppliedThe opening of Eat Burger in Cronulla has put Paul Camilleri in an exclusive club. Not because he has launched yet another Sydney burger joint, or served 4000 burgers in his first week.
And it isn’t because wagyu and pork belly burgers are among his bestsellers in a suburb that used to be known as Chicko Roll central.
No, it is because Camilleri follows Warren Turnbull and Justin North as the latest chef from the fine-dining Banc restaurant empire to branch out into burgers.
All three have owned hatted restaurants, but the lure of the bun has gripped them all. If more evidence of Sydney’s dizzy conversion to total Burgerness is needed, there is the Fatties Burger Appreciation Society page on Facebook.
What started as a bit of banter between friends, last week chalked up more than 13,000 members. Chris Burrell, part of its administration team, says they were surprised by the level of interest in the rise of the Sydney burger.
FBAS has branched out to events, has a stringent “pickle rating” system for burgers and is exploring an app to help punters locate our best burgers.
And while he agrees there is a bit of a fad bubble around the burger, Burrell remains confident of its future. “It’s a classic, a staple,” he argues.
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