Last week was the annual B&I Catering StrEAT Food Awards and our very own Laura and Mel headed down to London to represent Walnut at the event!

The B&I StrEAT Food Awards took place last Thursday and invites the UK’s most creative street food chefs, caterers and other foodservice professionals from the workplace and event catering sectors to battle it out for the chance to win £1,000.

Held at the Islington Metal Works, the event involved competitors taking part in a live cook-off during the day with 16 finalists from 16 contract caterers cooking three different dishes in just 55 minutes, with the winners being announced in the evening.

Winning the £1,000 prize was Andrew Taylor who won Street Food Dish of the Year for his Cobra beer-battered chicken chapati and triple-cooked Bombay fries. Picking up the Street Food Chef of the Year award was Dan Kirkpatrick from Angel Hill Food Co after using products provided by the sponsors to create a Vietnamese smoked caramel and soy chicken. As well as this, Tom Frost from Elior won the Best Vegan Street Food Dish for his Quorn avocado scotch egg. 

Judging the awards was consultant, Vic Laws MBE, Steve Scuffell from the Craft Guild of Chefs, BBQ Ben Bartlett and Jeni Edwards from ljEss Consulting, who collectively chose Andrew’s dish as the winner based on its authentic spices, homemade ingredients and local produce.

Sponsors of the event included Major, Love Joes, Electrolux, Quorn, Old El Paso, Farm Frites and many others in which a selection of delicious street food was served such as curry, BBQ jerk chicken, stuffed bao buns, vegan burgers and vegan fish, loaded tortillas and nachos and sweet potato fries.

Providing the drinks was The London Essence Co free bar offering Birra Moretti and Budweiser as well as a range of botanical gin, vodka and rum based cocktails which the girls very much enjoyed, maybe a little too much…

Both Laura and Mel had a great time at the event which also allowed them to catch up with contacts from the industry’s key publications to discuss future opportunities for our clients.

We love attending industry events which allows us to meet new people and enjoy great food and drink - we can’t wait for next year’s awards!