On the 7th of November, Americana sponsored the Street Food Championships 2023 at the Big Penny Social in London. This was the second year in a row that we have sponsored the event, that shines a light on the UK's street food scene.
The event featured 15 finalists, who were selected after they had submitted their signature dishes to be a part of the Street Food Championships earlier in the year. On the day, they competed in front of a panel of industry experts, cooking across three rounds – Signature, Technical, and the Major Chicken Wings round.
As a main sponsor, Americana supplied our range of Gourmet Buns for the technical round of the competition where the entrants could select between our Brioche Bun, Gourmet Burger Bun and Grill Marked Vegan Brioche Style Bun.
Dan Aldridge from Eat The Bird was the big winner claiming the main prize of Street Food Dish of the Year with a Korean-inspired chicken burger called The Chicktator, beating off stiff competition from 14 other chefs at the live cook-off.
There were some really exciting and varied contestants competing on the day that included more well-known groups such as Chiquito, Barburrito, and The Coconut Tree and smaller independent street-food businesses such as The Wholesome Junkies who featured on BBC’s "Million Pound Menu" and Eat The Bird, who was this year's winner of Street Food Dish of the Year.
We at Americana want to extend a very big "well-done" to all the competitors who took part!
The full list of Winners were:
Street Food Dish of the Year:
Dan Aldridge, Eat The Bird with The Chicktator
Street Food Chef of the Year:
Vibhor Dayal, My Delhi Indian Streetery with Lamb 65
Bloggers' Choice Award:
Simon Garfath, Gourmet Warriors with Goat Birria Tacos
Major Chicken Wings Champion:
Adrian Chmiel from Barburrito