Mustafa Salimin of Restaurant Associates has been crowned the winner of the second B&I STrEAT Food Awards! Held at Islington Metal Works in London on 20th March 2018, the event saw 16 finalists from 16 different contract caterers battling it out via a thrilling live cook-off. Salimin prevailed after wowing the panel of prestigious judges with his signature dish of egg fried flaky paratha roll filled with corn-fed chicken masala, pink pickled onion, date tamarind chutney and coconut raita. Along with the honour of being hailed as the Street Food Chef of the Year, he also walked away with £1,000 in prize money.
Salimin said: “I can’t believe I won, I’m so happy! This means so much to me; I can go back to work and say ‘I know what street food means and this is what I want to do’. Competitions like this are very important and I’m going to encourage all of my chefs to enter this one every single year.”
The finalists were tasked with cooking three different dishes in just 55 minutes. Shankar Gurumurthy of Aramark was named Street Food Chef of the Year after incorporating products provided by the sponsors to come up with his chicken 65 (deep fried chicken curry) creation. Robbie Lorraine of Grazing Catering, who was named Executive Chef of the Year at the 2017 FSM Awards, won Best Meat-Free Street Food Dish for his samosa chaat, which was made using Quorn.
Gurumurthy said: “I’m overwhelmed. I only had a chance to work on the dish today because I’ve been so busy, but as soon as I tried it I knew it had come out well. For me, street food is all about simple dishes made well.”
Lorraine said: “I’m really pleased to have won, because we put a lot of effort into our vegetarian and vegan food. My daughter is vegetarian too, so I get to practise a lot of dishes on her!”
The other talented finalists came from Angel Hill Food Co, Artizian, bartlett mitchell, BaxterStorey, Connect Catering, Elior, Gather & Gather, Harbour & Jones, ISS, Lusso, Sodexo, T(n)S Catering Management and Vacherin.
The judging panel included Jim Eaves of the British Culinary Federation, Lee Maycock of the Craft Guild of Chefs and consultant Vic Laws MBE.
The event sponsors were Bewley’s, Birra Meretti, Diversey, Electrolux, Farm Frites, Love Joes, LWC, Major, Old EL Paso, Planglow and Quorn. For more information, go to www.bandistreatfoodawards.co.uk.
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