Danny Meyer's Shake Shack UK and Catey Chef Award-winner Sat Bains have joined forces to create a limited edition burger for the Covent Garden Shack for one day only.
Available only on Friday, 9 October, the limited edition burger, entitled the Major Oak, and priced at £7.25, has been named after the famous English oak tree in the heart of Sherwood Forest, in Bains's beloved Nottinghamshire, where his eponymous restaurant is based.
The burger was crafted collaboratively by Bains and Shake Shack culinary director Mark Rosati. Made with Shake Shack's custom-blend Aberdeen Angus beef patty, The Major Oak burger is topped with fresh shallots, a slice of creamy blue Beauvale cheese from Nottinghamshire's Cropwell Bishop Creamery and a touch of pine from the needles of local coniferous trees. Bains also created a special forest-inspired ketchup made of seasonal "Penny Bun" mushrooms, as well as a smoked mayo with a hint of charcoal from Sherwood Forest's red oaks.
"The Major Oak is a nod to Nottinghamshire's historic Sherwood Forest made famous by Robin Hood," said Bains, who this week celebrated his fifth year of two Michelin stars. "Together with Shake Shack, we're commemorating my home county, and we've created a remarkable, one-of-a-kind burger full of flavour inspired by this historic woodland."
Only 500 of the burgers will be served, exclusively on 9th October and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For those craving a ShackBurger or Union Shack Concrete, the entire Shack menu will be available throughout the day as well.
"Sat is incredibly community-minded and displays an infectious sense of local pride by using hometown ingredients," said Shake Shack culinary director Mark Rosati (pictured with Sat Bains). "I'm thrilled to work with one of the UK's most brilliant chefs to bring the unique tastes of his beloved East Midlands to Londoners for one very special day. The Major Oak burger is the perfect blend of classic American comfort cuisine reimagined through the masterful touch that Sat brings to this collaboration."
The news comes just one week after Bains revealed that one of Nottingham's trams had been named after him. Bains was nominated for the honour by members of the public for "putting the city on the culinary map". He unveiled his name on the side of one of the latest additions to the NET fleet last Thursday.