Hilton wins StrEATfood Awards

Eliot Hilton from Houston and Hawkes took home the main award at last night’s StrEATfood Awards. He won the title of Street Food Dish of the Year for his squid ink bao buns. Adam Collison from Sodexo and Stuart Dale from Mellors Catering were also lauded, winning StrEATFood Chef of the Year and Meat-Free Dish of the Year respectively.

The 16 finalists, who all work in contract catering, were shortlisted after subjecting their signature street food dishes for our panel of judges. David Brett-Lavelle from Elior and Maca Makaveli from Snaffle Caterers came second and third respectively in the main competition.

Hilton said: “I got engaged in Lanzarote and I had some baby squid bao buns. About a week after I got back from holiday, my director of food said, ‘Do you want to enter a street food competition?’ So I took inspiration from that.

“I’ve loved this event, it’s the first one that I’ve competed in. I was so, so nervous before I started – I cannot tell you how nervous I was! – but I just did what I had to do and I somehow ended up winning.

“I was not expecting to win at all, not one bit. I gave my all, I did my best, so to get this… I’m blown away. It was unbelievable.”

The event was sponsored by Bewley’s, Britvic, Kerrymaid, Major, Theo’s, Tugo and Quorn. For more information, go to www.streatfoodawards.co.uk.

Street Food Dish of the Year
1st  Eliot Hilton – Houston & Hawkes
2nd  David Brett-Lavelle - Elior
3rd  Maca Makaveli – Snaffle Caterers

Street Food Chef of the Year
1st   Adam Collison - Sodexo
2nd Jack Wager – BaxterStorey
3rd  Lee Taylor - Academy, Atalian Servest

Meat Free Dish of the Year
1st  Stuart Dale – Mellors
2nd  Jamie Bosworth – Blue Apple
3rd  Troy Gill – CH&Co

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