05 | Sep | 21

Richard Johnson

And The Winner Is….

It felt like a good fit, parking up in Hull as part of the Freedom Festival – the prestigious celebration of the independent arts. With a name that summed up what we wanted the grand final of the 2021 British Street Food Awards to represent. In a city with a distinct, creative voice and, as it happens, a love of the street food. Bingo! Hull will now hold very happy memories for all of our finalists, but it was Janet’s Authentic Northern Chinese from Glamorgan that came home as Champions (with Greidy’s in second place, and Archchi’s in third), and Bao Bros 23 from Yorkshire winning the People’s Choice (with Greidy’s in second place, and Keralan Karavan in third).

The written media were excited for us to be there. So was the radio. All across Yorkshire, with BBC Leeds inviting local boy Dan Woodhead from Bao Bros 23 in to talk about his food for the finals while BBC Humberside wanted to talk to the boss – the founder of the British Street Food Awards, and the award-winning food journalist Richard Johnson. About why he wanted to work with Shoot The Bull to bring the Awards to Hull. With good reason.

We had the most amazing judging panel ever. Read about them here. Working their way through the menu of 22 exquisite competition dishes from our distinguished finalists (read about them here) were Tara from Yorkshire Food Guide, the rugby league legend Mose Masoe, Michelin-star chef Shaun Rankin, Burnsy the BBC DJ and Danny Malin from Rate My Takeaway, who loved judging the Northern heats so much so he had an appetite for more. And this was the way the judging went:


WINNER – Janet’s Authentic Northern Chinese
Second Place Greidy’s
Third Place Archchi’s


WINNER – Bao Bros 23
Second Place Greidy’s
Third Place Keralan Karavan


WINNER – Pellizco

Soy and sesame crispy cauliflower tacos, cauliflower and miso purée, anise pickled carrot, spring onion, jalapeño, Valentina picante salsa

Vegan Fish Tacos

Egg Hopper served with parippu (lentils with spinach), seeni sambol (spicy caramelized onions), pol sambol (coconut, chilli, onion, lime)

Kara’s Kitchen
Potato paella pot, mixing patatas bravas with potted paella and lashings of bravas sauce and alioli


WINNER – Archchi’s

Sri Lankan short eat duo: Sri Lankan spiced cauliflower bites, topped with parsley sambol + vadai

Sriracha Thai fried wings

Keralan Karavan
Poori three way: 1) Crispy poori tostado style topped with chick peas and smoked jackfruit masala, mango scotch bonnet mint chutney, Mooli party slaw and candied fennel seeds 2) Popping Pani Poori stuffed with chickpea masala & topped with sweet tangy mint tamarind flavoured masala water 3) Chat Bomb Poori

Janet’s Authentic Northern Chinese
Korean kimchi and pork bao


WINNER – Fire and Flank

ROK Kitchen
Slow cooked short Rib bulgogi with asia slaw, sesame seasoned beans, and dijon mustard mayo.

Lamb barbacoa tacos, pea mole, roast Yorkshire fettle, salsa verde, radish, coriander & lime

Seitan barbacoa quesadilla

Fire and Flank
Flank steak with cheesy garlic mash, topped with chimichurri and served with creamed spinach

Jerk fried strip

Janet’s Authentic Northern Chinese
Korean honey chicken

Kara’s Kitchen
Jamaican jerk chicken with cinnamon and star anise rice and a three-bean salad


WINNER – Keralan Karavan

Fire and Flank
Flank steak roll with side of deep fried Dauphinois

Bao Bros 23
Duo of baos – Black Sesame halibut fillet bao, tamarind glaze, smoked cucumber salsa, wild rice popcorn. Plus lemon myrtle crumbed halloumi, Italian slaw, sumac and yuzu mayo.

Keralan Karavan
Bombay Tikka Taco: House-smoked chicken masala stuffed in our take on the crispy taco shell made with Indian paratha style bread, melted three-cheese mix, laced with mango scotch bonnet and mint chutneys, Bombay Mix for crunch, pickled Mooli party slaw served with Keralan style dunkin curry sauce and fresh Gunpowder.

ROK Kitchen
Korean fried chicken burger with ROK slaw, sweet spicy sauce, iceberg and American mustard.

BEST DESSERT sponsored by Flogas

WINNER – Skullduggery

The traditional Sunday roast: Roast turkey, pancake ‘roast beef’, white chocolate cheesecake ‘mash’, chocolate truffle ‘roasties’, chocolate ‘sides’, a rich chocolate ganache ‘gravy’ and an old school Yorkie filled with jam and cream, like your gran used to make for tea.

Bao Bros 23
Chocolate bao bomb, red bean chocolate sauce, citrus summer berries, salted caramel popcorn and chocolate soil

The great British seaside: Vanilla cheesecake ‘fish’ in a biscoff batter, shortbread ‘chips’, coulis ‘ketchup’ and grape ‘mushy peas’ on an edible sand scene and smashable sea.

There were other votes awarded in Hull. Including Best Newcomer, sponsored by SumUp, for traders operating for less than two years. We were inundated by applications, but the shortlist was as follows:


The Social Dough Company
Janet’s Authentic Northern Chinese Restaurant
Skullduggery Dessert Illusions

For SumUp and British Street Food, it boiled down to a choice between Skullduggery and The Social Dough Company; Skullduggery for innovation, work with the family/ community and Steph’s tremendous resilience and drive during Covid-19 and The Social Dough Company for enterprise, introducing routes where locals can hire them to pop-up on their doorstep, and ethics, as they plan to feed and create employment for the homeless. But Skullduggery came away the winners.


Then there was the vote for the Best Looking van, truck or trailer in the UK, sponsored by Majisign. The Award always attracts a lot of media attention, and thousands of you voted to tell us who you think should be in our Top Five.


Jol’s Food Truck
Bao Bros 23
Betty’s Waffle Co
Pizza Leonati
Mama D’s

The Top Five then produced videos (‘produced’ might be overstating it, but it’s amazing what you can do with a smart phone these days) to convince the great British public to exercise their democratic right. And the winner was the classic Citroen H van from Jol’s Food Truck in Merthyr Tydfil, with Betty’s in second and Pizza Leonati in third. With the British Street Food Award for Best Looking on the dashboard, the lucrative wedding market just opened up big time for Jol’s.


Over the last two years, you would be right to assume that thoughts of sustainability haven’t always been a top priority. But some businesses have chosen to make sustainability their USP. They realised, as they started back to work, that anyone could make small decisions with big impact. Whether it was returning to service without plastic straws, relaunching with a new sustainable supplier, or their most veg-led menu yet. But our Top Five finalists in the 2021 British Street Food Award for Most Sustainable Trader – sponsored by the Sustainable Restaurant Association – were a cut above. Read about them all here.

Most Sustainable sponsored by the Sustainable Restaurant Association – The Top Five

Street Cube
The Social Dough
Da Fish Ting
Grounded Mcr
The Forge Truck

Since 2010, the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has been supporting foodservice tackle the complex and urgent problems facing the food system and diners make more sustainable choices when dining out. The SRA works across the whole foodservice sector to accelerate change towards a hospitality sector that is socially progressive and environmentally restorative. Its Food Made Good Rating and Community works with over 10,000 businesses to define, assess, support and celebrate success across Sourcing, Society and the Environment. So they were the perfect partners to choose our winner – Grounded MCR.

Louisa Dodd from the SRA was happy that the pedal-powered coffee/cake company provides employment for people struggling with social anxiety, and with that, a sense of purpose, confidence, and income. Their active recruitment of those living with mental health challenges, alongside continued wellbeing support is a clear demonstration of a genuinely socially responsible business. Additionally, Grounded MCRs specialty coffee is sourced through certifications to ensure sustainable standards are upheld through their supply chain. With grand plans to develop a community garden and solar-powered, allotment-topped café bus in Manchester, we cannot wait to hear how the impact of Grounded MCR grows.”