Thursday, 2 June 2011



World’s most exclusive and expensive kebab is developed by Food Network UK

2 June 2011: The humble doner has undergone an extreme makeover with the ultimate kebab unveiled today complete with saffron infused flat bread, milk-fed lamb from the Pyrenees and edible gold leaf garnish.

The aptly named ‘King of Kebabs’, which has a retail value of £750 and served on a cloche by a private waiter, was developed by Food Network UK to mark the launch of The Great Food Truck Race – a show that celebrates the growing street food truck trend.

The UK street food favourite was designed by Food Network chef Andy Bates with only the very best possible ingredients in mind. The ‘King of Kebabs’ contains the following:

- Saffron infused flatbread
- Champagne infused mint and cucumber yoghurt
- Micro cress and lettuce salad
- Chilli sauce made from the world’s expensive chilli
- Milk-fed lamb from the Pyrenees
- Edible gold leaf garnish
- Ceour de Beouf tomatoes and oregano concass
- Barrel Aged Yews Feta cheese

Nick Thorogood, Managing Director of Food Network EMEA says: “Street food is really stepping up a notch with many street food trucks now providing the high quality, gourmet food and fine cuisine expected from top restaurants. The Great Food Truck Race celebrates this new movement, so we thought it only fair to mark its launch by showing that even the nation’s favourite doner kebab could be made gourmet.”

Andy Bates, the chef behind the ‘King of Kebabs’ says: “It took a fair bit of time to source the best possible ingredients to ensure that this kebab was the most exclusive one out there but I loved every minute.”
Whilst the UK public aren’t able to try the exclusive ‘King of Kebab’s’ themselves, chef Andy Bates has developed a gourmet kebab which will be available for free from The Great Food Truck Race truck located at Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate Estate, London, from 12pm-2pm on Friday 3rd June.

The Great Food Truck Race premieres on Food Network UK on Monday 6th June at 9pm. The show follows the most successful and outrageous mobile food trucks as they cook their way across America, with teams competing for a $50,000 grand prize.


For further information please contact the Food Network UK team at Frank PR on or call 0207 693 6977

Notes to editors:

The Great Food Truck Race, Series 1 *UK Premiere*

Weekdays at 4pm and 9pm from Monday 6th June

The hottest show in food competition has rolled into the UK.

Hosted by chef and long time Food Network presenter Tyler Florence, The Great Food Truck Race follows the most successful and outrageous mobile food trucks as they cook their way across America.

Racing from city to city, seven teams compete to win over fans with everything from creative burgers to fine French cuisine. Teams that sell the most food move on to the next episode featuring a new city and new challenges. In the end, one food truck remains...and the team behind the wheel and the stove wins the $50,000 grand prize.

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