Food blogger Liv Alice (@livbyfood) attended the 2021 Golden Chopsticks Awards…
It was an honour to be invited to the fabulous Golden Chopsticks Awards on the 27th September at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, hosted by the legendary Gok Wan MBE. The evening was a wonderful, heart-warming way to recognise all the incredible, innovative and resilient UK businesses that have not only made it through truly the toughest year on record for a long time, but also come out of the other side boasting some spectacular achievements.
The fabulous all-star ceremony hosted an array of A-listers, VIPs and celebrities, from Tallia Storm and comedian Suzy Ruffell, to Chef Chris Baber and Sarah Owen MP, along with some of the biggest influencers in Oriental food, eminent food writers and prominent community leaders.
There were 20 award categories with a significant number of deserving nominees from across the UK, all of whom turned up on the night in the hope of bagging an award. The categories ranged across the restaurant sector, suppliers, food writers and individuals – all judged by a talented panel, including the likes of Jeremy Pang and icon Ken Hom OBE.
Nominees were spread across small food trucks/ street food vendors, independent restaurants and larger chain specialists. My personal favourite was the lovely team from Little Viet Kitchen, who truly melted our hearts with their acceptance speeches – and they managed to score two separate gongs!
There were some inspirational Soho champions taking home prizes too, including the always innovative Inamo (for Best Fusion Restaurant) and the classic and well-loved Din Tai Fung for their drool-worthy dumplings! I even had the chance to sit next to Afra Willmore and hear all about her work before she stepped up to claim the Rising Star award for her mum blog.
Gok Wan MBE, co-founder and host of the awards commented, ‘What an amazing night, bringing together the good and the great from the oriental food world in one room, with finalists covering the broad spectrum of East and South East Asian food – from Chinese, Japanese and Thai to Vietnamese, Malaysian,Filipino and Korean. It was fantastic to see so many accomplished restaurateurs in the room, alongside the rising stars of the future! It was a real honour to host!’
A truly humbling evening of joyous celebration, fabulous food and highly talented nominees. Huge congratulations to all the amazing winners!
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