As the Edinburgh rep of the global network of food writers and bloggers that form the backbone of the operation, I was really pleased to be along supporting a nomination from our fair city, with Scoff’s Cullen skink in a tattie scone wrap recognised as one of the top 8 sandwiches in the world on the awards shortlist.Starting our evening at the The Hoxton, where we were all staying, it was quickly time to toddle along the road to the awards venue.
St John is a very smart spot. With somewhere around sixty writers and assembled guests along for the event, from places ranging from New York to Copenhagen to Berlin to Bristol, it was great to connect with new faces and familiar types, too. We were not the only folks down from Scotland, as Mark and Emma from Food & Drink Glasgow were also along.
Indeed, they’d been along for the whole weekend’s programme of food events, including stops at Dalston’s street food market, the Quality Chop House, Toff’s for fish n chips, and a tour of nearby burger hotspots.
I only made it down for the awards ceremony itself, sadly, and even had to scoot up the road before this morning’s breakfast trip to Hawksmoor. It’s good to be busy, but I seem to be flat-out at the moment.
We were joined by some luminaries to present the awards. I got a chance to chat briefly with Patrick Drake, the 60 second chef, and Andy Hayler, the only person to have visited all the current 3 Michelin star restaurants in the world. Other award presenters included Martin Morales and the owners of St John, Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver.
It was great to see all the dishes from around the world and hear the stories behind them. Our Edinburgh nomination didn’t bring home the gong, with the shawarma from Joseph in Beirut triumphing. It was still a huge credit to Scoff’s Laura Ferguson to be nominated in this ultra-competitive category.
The highlight of the evening, aside from Martin Morales’ hilarious intro speech for the breakfast category, was the award of Tastiest Dish on the Planet to Taylor Texas’ Louie Mueller BBQ and their delectable beef ribs. Owner Wayne Mueller was extremely diffident and gracious in accepting the honour.
So overall, we had a grand old time on this flying visit to London and enjoyed the Foodie Hub awards, immensely. We look forward to bringing more Edinburgh highlights next time, and hope we can convert a nomination into a victory.