The Central Heats of the British Street Food Awards took place in Nottingham last weekend, bringing together some of the finest culinary talents currently embracing the street food scene in a bid to be named Champion.
Some 12 traders from all across the Midlands cooked for a place in the finals in London in September, but only one was named Champion of the regional competition.
The Judges Choice Award went to Porco, after they wowed the panel with their Thai style sausage, egg & chips, consisting of Sai Qua sausage laced with lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, kaffir lime and garlic, fried quail eggs with soy and Sriracha with house pickled daikon and duck fat confit potatoes.
After starting off his street food journey as the “purveyor of the finest Porchétta this side of Rome,” Porco founder Jez Poyser has expanded his menu to include Cuban pork melts, confit ox cheek toast, Hickory smoked pulled pork and their popular take on the Big Mac – The PIGMAC. Everything the Porco team send out is made from scratch, from pickles, ferments and sauces; whilst Jay also prides the team on the ethos of using the whole animal and avoiding any kind of waste.
Greidy’s Wings and Strips took away the title of People’s Choice with their Jerk Fried Strip with gravy & sriracha Thai fried wings.
The next regional contest will be on 19th-20th September at Market Place in Reading to find the trader taking the South into the grand finale of the British Street Food Awards on 16th-17th October.
For more information on each regional final of the British Street Food Awards, visit their website.