Chefs from casual dining, cafés, hotels, pubs and bars competed in the National Breakfast Awards on Wednesday 30 January to find the UK’s best breakfast.
Mathilde Papzian of Urban Pantry in Chiswick, west London, won the National Breakfast of the Year, which came with a £1,000 prize, with her recipe of cachapas, a traditional Venezuelan crumpet/pancake, which she adapted by adding cheddar.
On accepting her award, French-born Papzian said: “I can’t believe it yet, I wasn’t expecting to win! As a chef, I come from a traditional French fine dining background, but I burned myself out in that world and found this job with Urban Pantry. It was a good idea to start making breakfasts, as it’s not in my culture to cook brunch. I learned more and started to bring in different cultures, like Venezuelan.
“London is such a great city to mix it up and make different food, which I really enjoy. I received so many messages from customers wishing me luck in the National Breakfast Awards, so I’m really happy because they’re going to be so thrilled for us.”
Awards were also given out for the Breakfast Chef of the Year, which went to Harry Mosley from The Paddle in Christchurch for his use of the sponsors ingredients of Nutella and New York Bakery bagels in the Technical Round, resulting in a French toast bagel, with caramelised banana, Nutella and hazelnuts.
Simon Lindley from The Bus Café in Margate won the Breakfast Bagel of the Year in the Hot Bagel Round, with a multiseed bagel with eggs, prosciutto ham, cherry tomatoes on the vine and home-made salsa verde. The Hot Bagel Round was sponsored by Panasonic.
Running alongside the National Breakfast Awards was the all-new Bloody Mary Challenge, held in association with TABASCO® and Ketel One vodka, which was won by Elliot Davies from Genuine Liquorette in London. Davies’ ‘Bloody Hell’ creation won him an incredible trip to Avery Island in Louisiana, USA, the home of TABASCO®.
“The level of innovation and presentation was extremely impressive across the board and I would like to thank all of the finalists, along with our judges and sponsors,” says Henry Norman, editor of OOH magazine, which runs the event. “Particular congratulations go to the winners, though, and we hope these accolades will provide a real boost to their businesses.”
The National Breakfast Awards were sponsored by Ketel One, New York Bakery, Nutella, Panasonic, Startle and TABASCO®.
For more information, go to www.nationalbreakfastawards.co.uk.
For the National Breakfast Awards 2019, H2O Publishing partnered with City Harvest, the charity that puts fresh surplus food to good use in a sustainable way by redistributing to organisations that feed the hungry. As a result of the partnership, 150 people were fed at London night shelters the following morning.