The finalists have been announced for country’s top honours for Oriental cuisine – The Golden Chopsticks Awards 2019
The Golden Chopsticks Awards finalists have been announced. Now in its 2nd year, the awards is one ofthe largest and most prestigious celebrations of Oriental food in the world.
Little Somboom Kitchen – The Golden Chopsticks Best Street Food Award Nominee
All the finalists are invited to a central London hotel, the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on 29th April 2019 for the ceremony, hosted by Gok Wan and other famous celebrities, where the winners will be unveiled.
The chosen restaurants have been voted for by members of the public over a six-week period, with 20,000 votes registered (voting is now closed).
Separate industry prizes will be awarded by a judging panel including influential figures Ken Hom OBE, Ching-He Huang, School of Wok’s Jeremy Pang, Gizzi Erskine and Sunday Brunch’s Simon Rimmer.
Four special Founders awards will also be given on the night.
Tikks Thai Kitchen – The Golden Chopsticks Best Street Food Award Nominee
Gok Wan, co-founder and host of the awards said:
“After last year’s huge success of our first ever Golden Chopsticks Awards, we’re going bigger and better in 2019. The food industry has been crying out for a celebration of Oriental food in the UK. This year’s awards are already the talk of the Oriental food scene.”
“When I was a kid, Chinese was considered very exotic. Today Japanese and Thai are up there and Korean, Vietnamese and Malaysian are well on their way. We are delighted to have finalists from all over the country and covering a range of different cuisines from hugely popular Chinese food to more unusual Vietnamese and Filipino.’
To acknowledge the growth and ever-changing diversity in the market, three new awards were introduced in 2019 to shine light on the Oriental representation within vegetarian food, street food, and desserts & sweet treats. There has been an exciting mix of nominees, from London’s first plant-based vegan pop up to Filipino ‘dirty ice cream’ from the streets of Manila.
The full list of finalists in the public awards are as follows:
1. The Golden Chopsticks Best Restaurant in England
Dragon Inn Club (London), Duck and Rice (London), Jinli Newport Place (London), Little Viet Kitchen (London)
2. The Golden Chopsticks Best Restaurant in Wales
Gigi’s (Swansea) Sushi Life (Cardiff) The Dragon Palace (Saundersfoot) Zi’s Café (Cardiff)
3. The Golden Chopsticks Best Restaurant in Scotland
Amber Regent (Glasgow), Harajuku Kitchen (Edinburgh), Julie’s Kopitiam (Glasgow), The Chinese Manor House (Edinburgh)
4. The Golden Chopsticks Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland
Abacus Restaurant (Belfast), House of Zen (Belfast), Jumon (Belfast), The Welcome Restaurant (Belfast)
5. The Golden Chopsticks Best Newcomer Sponsored by H Mart (Open since January 1st, 2018)
Bao & Bing (London), Michael Wan’s Wok Inn (Blackpool), Mizu Pan Asian Restaurant (Cumbria), Sarap Filipino BBQ & Lechon (London)
6. The Golden Chopsticks Best Takeaway sponsored by Just Eat
Golden Dragon Takeaway (Swansea), Hop Vietnamese (London), Tai Pan Express Oriental (Northwood), Ying’s Thai Takeaway (Sunderland)
7. The Golden Chopsticks Best Fusion Restaurant sponsored by Phoenix Rice
17. The Golden Chopsticks Food Influencer Award sponsored by Lee Kum Kee
Ping Coombs, Prowlergram, The Woks of Life, Thuy Diem Pham
18. The Golden Chopsticks Community Award sponsored by The Bank of East Asia
Christine Yau (The London Chinese Community Centre), Dr Stephen Ng MBE, Ming Ai Institute, PLAN Zheros
Big Bamboo Asian Deli – The Golden Chopsticks Best Street Food Award Nominee
The awards in April will be attended by TV personalities, some of the biggest influencers in Oriental food, global celebrity chefs, eminent food writers and prominent community leaders.
Headline sponsors are Just Eat, leading global marketplace for online food delivery and Lee Kum Kee, leading supplier of authentic Chinese and Asian sauces. Other sponsors include Unilever and Coca-Cola.