It was one heck of a journey. Chef Rupert Rowley went all the way from rattling pots and pans at the Trust House Forte Hotel in Sheffield to Royal Hospital Road with Gordon Ramsay, Le Manoir with Raymond Blanc and L’Ortolan with John Burton Race. As Head Chef at Fischer’s at Baslow Hall in Derby, he held a Michelin star for over 10 years. He’s been on Great British Menu. And now he’s moving into recipe development at MSK.
So what on earth is such a pillar of the food establishment doing judging the Central heat of the British Street Food Awards supported by Hellmann’s? At Bustler Market? “After the very high standard of last year’s heats, I can’t wait to see what food is produced this year. Street food is such a huge movement it is great to be involved.” Nice!
He’s being joined by food critic and journalist Ria Amber Tesia, and she’s famous for a bit of an appetite. She’s already on four judging panels. “I just don’t want to look back and think: “I could’ve eaten that.” The pair will be kept in line by Richard Johnson, founder of the British Street Food Awards supported by Hellmann’s, who has promised to do the washing up. Any more volunteers?