The far from fusty second Young British Foodies awards (YBFs) took place last night in Bermondsey with a stellar cast of folk from the food and drink world in attendance. Spotted in the crowd were judges Gizzi Erskine and Yotam Ottolenghi (pictured) and Bompas and Parr.
Taking refuge from the September drizzle guests pounced on mini wood-fired pizzas from Bosco and Bee - then naan rolls from Rola Wala, Jamon, chickpea stew, croquetas and salmorejo cordobes from Tozino and a selection of meaty canapés from African Volcano. Drinks included knee-tremblingly strong cocktails from Chase as well as bar offerings from Meantime, Kamm and Sons, Dalston Cola, Elephant juice bar and Charlotte's Bistro.
There were nine categories in total awarded last night including a new award for this year, 'Fresh Faces In Food Writing' which was judged by Ottolenghi. “Although some are not well known to the general public, we are proud that The YBFs can offer a platform for the bravest, boldest and most exciting culinary brains in this country," said Chloe Scott-Moncrieff, one of the founders of The YBFs. Popular winners include street van BAO whose win was met with whoops as did Giles Clark from Koya who picked up Best Chef.
Afterwards Ceviche's Martin Morales took to the decks to keep the party going.
The winners were:
Streetfood - Shing Tat Chung, Wai Ting Chung and Er Chen Chang; BAO
Experiential - David Crompton & Stuart Bale; Gastrophonic
Baking - Poppy Smadja; Poppy and Sebastian
Alcohol - Jack Bevan; The Ethicurean
Chef - Giles Clark; Koya
Meat - Illtud Dunsford; Charcutier Ltd
Coffee - David Freeman; Freemans Coffee
Honorary - Chris Young; The Real Bread Campaign
Fresh Faces in Food Writing - Helen Graves (Food Stories) and Miss North (North South Food)