The Nominees for the the Golden Chopsticks Awards 2019…

The finalists have been announced for country’s top honours for Oriental cuisine

The Golden Chopsticks Awards finalists have been announced. Now in its 2nd year, the awards is one of the largest and most prestigious celebrations of Oriental food in the world.

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.

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 a 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 Chotto Matte (London), Inamo (London), Romulo Café (London), Sticky Mango (London)

8. The Golden Chopsticks Best Restaurant Chain sponsored by Just Eat (5 or more branches) Cosmo, Itsu, Rosa’s Thai Café, Wagamama

9. The Golden Chopsticks Best Noodle Dish Award sponsored by Lucky Boat Noodles Kanada-Ya (London), Peking Garden Restaurant (Northwood), Thai House Cafe (Newcastle), Tonkotsu (London)

10. The Golden Chopsticks Best Vegetarian Dish Award sponsored by Unicurd Tofu Golden Dragon Takeaway (Swansea), Mao Chow (London), Phung Kay (London), Your Thai Café (Liverpool)

11. The Golden Chopsticks Best Sweet Treat Award sponsored by Chinatown London & Shaftesbury  Cuppacha (London & Sheffield), Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream (London), Tsujiri Matcha House (London), Yolkin (London)

12. The Golden Chopsticks Best Street Food Award sponsored by Asco Foods Big Bamboo Asian Deli with a Twist (Hartlepool), Da Ja Street Food (London), Little Somboon Kitchen (York), Tikk’s Thai Kitchen (York)

13. The Golden Chopsticks Best Dumpling Award Baby Buddha Chinese Teahouse (Norwich), Din Tai Fung (London), Dumpling Shack (London), Yauatcha (London)

The full list of finalists in the judges’ awards are as follows:

14. The Golden Chopsticks Fine Dining Award sponsored by Yutaka China Tang at the Dorchester (London), Hunan (London), The Araki (London), Yu Alderley Edge (Alderley Edge)

15. The Golden Chef Award sponsored by Lee Kum Kee Andrew Wong, A.Wong and Kyms (London), Mark Edwards, Nobu (London), Shuko Oda, Koya (London), Tong Chee Hwee, Hakkasan (London)

16. The Ching-He Huang Innovation Award sponsored by Unilever  Dumpling Shack (London), Ichibuns (London), Kiln (London), Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar (London)

17. The Golden Chopsticks Food Influencer Award sponsored by Lee Kum KeePing Coombs, Prowlergram, The Little Viet Kitchen, The Woks of Life

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

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.

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