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Richard Johnson

Coronation Chicken?

Picture: James White

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside – especially when it’s the historic Coronation weekend! We couldn’t wait to return to the sun-drenched plaza of the South Coast’s biggest outlet shopping destination – our much beloved Gunwharf Quays – for the British Street Food Awards 2023 – South heat. Our 14 finalists (see below) have been asked to create a Coronation-inspired dish for their menus. But will it be enough to win your vote for the People’s Choice?

The festival of flavour will span the entire Bank Holiday weekend. And we have managed to lure Andrew Du Bourg away from the kitchen of The Elderflower Restaurant to choose our champion – along with Nicola from Nicola’s World of Food and Ben from Smith And Brock. People’s Choice and Champion will both go to the British finals in August, with a view to representing the UK at the final of the European Street Food Awards in September.

But who will YOU vote for? Soul Pizza Truck – hand-stretched log-fired sourdough pizza in the cooooolest truck; Earth to Oven – seasonal flatbreads, hailing from East Hampshire; the finger licking’ Cajun chicken of LJ Hugs, who won the People’s Choice award at the BSFA finals in 2022; the Indian flavours of Oh Babu, who won the Best Burger award at the BSFA finals in 2022; the DEFINITIVE bacon butty from Nosh Box; the South African flavours of Potje Man; the game-changing Mac and Cheese from MacMan; bhaji and pakora specialists – with the UK’s only coal-fired tandoor – Bhajis Ldn ; Michelin-trained chefs who cook ramen for fun – Mr Noodle Ramen; gourmet Galllic sandwiches from La Roulotte by Magica; Nepalese Momos with a twist from Filili Eats; Trinidadian doubles from Down d’ Islands; upmarket platters from Smoking Lobster; and venison burgers from patty specialists Gamekeeper. With Roll ‘n’ Pour all about the craft beer, ice cold Cobra and cocktails, and Bubblehead Barista taking care of your coffee needs – plus music on tap all weekend – this is a weekend not to miss.