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Dublin’s BuJo shortlisted at the Food Made Good Awards 2019

The eatery is praised for its efforts on sustainability.

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We are already in love with its delicious chargrilled burgers (made from sustainably sourced grass-fed beef) and tasty shakes, but BuJo in Sandymount is giving us more reasons to visit them on the regular. 

The burger joint has been shortlisted at the Food Made Good Awards 2019 and is in competition to win the “Reduce Reuse Recycle” award, which recognises businesses that have taken serious steps to stem the rising tide of single-use plastic and unnecessary packaging. 

“It is an incredible honour”, Culinary Director Gráinne O'Keefe told us. “Not only because BuJo is being acknowledged amongst some of the most recognisable restaurants in Ireland and the UK, but primarily because these awards, and our particular category of Reduce, Reuse & Recycle, are at the vanguard of making incredible steps towards combating climate change”. 

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Don’t just take our word for it that BuJo’s Culinary Director @grainne43 is awesome. As many of you know, Gráinne is the full-time Head Chef at the incredible @clanbrassilhouse - you may have seen her in action there in ‘Beyond The Menu’ on @rteone with @markmoriarty1 two weeks ago, (it’s on @rteplayer too). . Well today, it has been announced for the second consecutive year, that Clanbrassil House has been awarded a prestigious @michelinguide Bib Gourmand! . After already earning the ‘Best Chef Under 30’ title @foodandwineireland awards in August there’s no stopping Gráinne - congratulations to you and of course the whole team at CBH from all of us in BuJo!! . For everyone else - you best get making reservations pretty quickly, link to bookings in @clanbrassilhouse bio... . .

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Since BuJo opened two years ago, reducing unnecessary packaging has been a primary concern for Gráinne. “The very nature of restaurants like BuJo does require an element of packaging - especially the huge amount created in the supply chain that all restaurants have to deal with on a daily basis”, she explains. “We worked tirelessly with all of our partners and challenged them to drastically reduce what they send to us which in turn has helped them on their sustainable journey.”

All the packaging used in the restaurant is certified compostable, but the commitment towards sustainability doesn’t stop there. As the only burger-focused restaurant in Ireland and the UK with a three-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), BuJo has implemented dozens of initiatives, including in the prevention of food waste. “The very limited nature of our menu in BuJo is not by accident”, Grainne says. “By focusing on a very simple menu, we do not have a large inventory of stock to manage and can therefore really concentrate on consistently getting the very best of fresh, local produce such as our grass-fed beef sourced from Irish family farms.” 

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EL TORO FAMOSO - Limited Edition No. 2️⃣2️⃣ launches tomorrow, Tuesday 8th October at 12pm. . Created by BuJo Culinary Director @grainne43 & Kitchen Manager @aknath . . ☀️ Crispy chilli-lime dusted sunchokes. .  Smashed cherry piquanté & jalapeño peppers. . 裡 Homemade BuJo sriracha sauce. . 燎 Extra molten cheese. .  Toasted brioche, baked fresh to our own recipe by Coghlan’s Artisan Bakers in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. . ☘️ Grass fed, chargrilled beef sourced from @bordbia Quality Assured Irish family farms. . . . #burgersbetter #eltorofamoso #limitededition #collab #sandymount #grassfedbeef #sustainable #jalapenos #sriracha #srirachasauce #bordbia #origingreen #bujoburgerjoint . . . by our pal Fred @rawdublin - definitely worth a follow.

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BuJo’s second location, due to open in Dublin city centre in 2020, will adopt the very same practices. “I believe that as an industry we are very much obliged - morally and ethically - to contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in order to combat climate change. Climate change is happening, it is not a 'maybe' situation, and we in the food industry can deliver real, proper results through meaningful actions in each restaurant”, the chef insists. 

READ MORE: My Life In Plates: Gráinne O’Keefe

The Food Made Good Awards are the SRA's annual industry-leading accolades for the most progressive purveyors of food and drink. These awards recognise restaurants and foodservice businesses in the UK and Ireland, whose accomplishments in the last year have driven progress in the industry and demonstrated that all food can be made delicious, ethical and sustainable. 

The 2019 ceremony will take place in London on Tuesday 5 November.