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HUMAN FLESH BURGERS

 

 

Of all the cool things dreamt up in pursuit of the ultimate promotional stunt, London Mess' (chef James Thomlinson) and Miss Cakehead's Terminus Tavern, inspired by the forthcoming Season 5 of The Walking Dead, has to be one of the coolest we've seen around these parts. The cannibalistic concept was, of course, inspired by the Season 4 finale of Fox's zombie thriller in which Rick and the group found piles of bloodied bones on the floor at Terminus which looked like human remains – and gives a taster of what 'Walkers' from the series enjoy feasting on.

 

The burgers were developed by Thomlinson using painstaking research into appalling instances when eating a fellow human being was the very last option for survival. One such example was when the 1920's author and journalist William Seabrook traveled to West Africa and later described the experience of devouring a hunk of homo sapiens meat in his book, Jungle Ways:

 

It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef. It was very definitely like that, and it was not like any other meat I had ever tasted. It was so nearly like good, fully developed veal that I think no person with a palate of ordinary, normal sensitiveness could distinguish it from veal.

 

The chef used a mix of veal, beef and pork and create the burgers. He comments:

 

"With fans up and down the country hungry for Season 5 of The Walking Dead, this is certainly a unique tribute to the series. My food is inspired by flavor combinations and fresh produce, so it was a little odd to be inspired by the words of cannibals instead."

 

And now fans of the show will have the chance to try out the Human Flesh Burgers when a custom-built stand, that recreates the apocalyptic feeling of Terminus where Series 4 ended, comes to the East of London. The burgers will be served for free from noon on the 30th September until there are none left. Those brave punters who want to know more about how to create the particular piquancy of person will be able to see the cannibal research in the form of an infographic (above) which the burgers will come wrapped in. A unique "The Walking Dead" condiment will also be on sale at Terminus Tavern, though best not to ask the source of that sauce! You can check out some pictures below from the press tasting for a 'flavour' of what to expect. And if you can't make it to London for the opening of the Terminus Tavern, then Thomlinson has been macabre enough to share the recipe for his people patties over on his Facebook page.

 

The undisclosed location is East London / Spitalfields and burger fans will need to follow Thomlinson on Twitter, and the hashtag #terminustavern to find out the exact location.

 

Season 4 of The Walking Dead left us reeling with unanswered questions and cliffhangers. Where is Beth? How will the group escape Terminus? Will Tyreese, Carol and baby Judith find the others? Season 5 premieres on Monday 13th October 9om on FOX and is set to be intense and exhilarating. The story weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington. The fate of the group's lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive. After all they've done, all they've sacrificed, lost, and held onto no matter what the cost...Who do they become?

 

FOX is available in the UK via Sky 124, Virgin 157/158, TalkTalk, UPC 126 and BT 859 YouView channel 422

 

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