The Young British Foodie Awards 2013 (YBFs)

The Young British Foodie Awards 2013 

Last month I received an email with the news I had been shortlisted for the YBF finals 2013.  6 traders have been nominated in the Street Food category. Rola Wala, Bao London, Madelaine Express, WildRover Food, Born Yesterday & Manjit’s Kitchen.  An impressive line up of traders at the top of their game.

So I now had the challenge of , traveling to London, setting up,  preparing food, meeting the judges.  I thought about driving the van, rolling the cart. After a few sleepless nights I decided upon taking “The Suitcase SetUp”  – In Street Food many say  “you’re flash is your cash”  and what could be more flashy than my dad’s old suitcase filled with muri tins and decked out in garlands?

I packed my suitcase and hopped on the train.



I arrived into Kings X – me and my suitcase of delights hotfooted it across town and arrived at the venue with minutes to spare. I strolled past the gleaming H van and shimmering Airstream and found a corner to unpack my case of delights.

Adrenaline fueled chopping, mixing and shaking and the judges were with me.  I prepared three Bhel Puri cones and handed them over – whilst chatting about the food and how it all began.  My head slowly filling with things I wished i had said.  30 minutes later – all done and in the pub.


The winners are announced next week (Tuesday 10th Sept)  follow @TheYBFS  for all the info.




Leeds to London BSFA

 Friday, we load the van and head down the M1 to Hoxton. Destination – the British Street Food Awards. Turmeric and Coriander Bread Rolls collected from a packed Sunshine Bakery on the way. Massive thanks to Dave from Sunshine for his hard work, advice and words of encouragement.  

After 6 hours in the slow lane, we arrive at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen as the street is being layed with turf. 



STIR IT UP is a mix of vintage vinyl Reggae music and Indian Streetfood. Manjit’s Kitchen alongside Axis Soundsystem.  I set up the cart at the side of the dancefloor and busy away til the early hours.  The next event is Saturday 18th August at LeftBank Leeds.  Come along and sample the “Yorkshire Gold Bunny Chow” before it makes it’s way to London – Tickets £5 available from Jumbo Records, Laynes Espresso, The Greedy Pig. 

So the Journey to London begins – look forward to seeing some of you along the way.