The British Street Food Awards, brainchild of food journalist and broadcaster Richard Johnson, is now open for public nomination at the project’s website. Britain has an estimated 10,000 mobile vendors working our streets and markets, and all are invited to enter the awards, which will be judged at a final “cook-off” at next year’s Ludlow Food Festival, from 10 – 12 September 2010.
The already impressive judging panel includes chefs Marco Pierre White, Mark Hix, Thomasina Miers and Antony Worrall Thompson, and the categories include Best Pie, Best Dessert, Best Cold Drink, Best Hot Drink, Best Main Dish, Best Sandwich and Best Looking Mobiler. There will also be a People’s Choice award – and an overall winner.
Johnson, who has presented everything from Full On Food to Taste The Nation and Kill It, Cook It, Eat It, is on a one-man mission to change the perception of British Street Food. He comments: “The new generation of mobilers have none of the grit, or the grease, which used to authenticate the whole British street food experience. It’s not just about sausages from a tin any more – and there are some real street food heroes out there. We have revolutionised top end gastronomy in the UK, so now let’s look at the rest – the sort of food that we can all afford.”
Johnson echoes a sentiment very much in tune with the current climate, and he welcomes all those foodies who appreciate the little gems of independent market and food stalls to send their nominations in to his website, www.britishstreetfood.co.uk. Watch this space for more news about the awards closer to the time.