The hunt is on for the world’s finest burgers, pizzas and other everyday treats as the nominees are announced today for a new set of awards that honor humble foods rather than the peaks of gastronomy.
Chowzter World’s Seven Tastiest Fast Feasts Awards is backed by Coca-Cola Co. It also seeks to identify the best fried chicken, tacos, dumplings & empanadas, curry and sandwiches.
The 12 nominees in each category stretch from Caracas to Beijing, not to mention Lucky Chip, Royal China, Spuntino, Story Deli, Rita’s, Poppies, Kappacasein and Taqueria in London. New York nominees include Tortilleria Nixtamal, White Bear and Ben’s Best.
Writers, restaurateurs and chefs -- including Giles Coren, Russell Norman and Pierre Koffmann -- have agreed to present prizes at the inaugural award ceremony in London on April 28. The winners have been selected from about 5,000 contenders selected by a team of food bloggers from more than 30 cities.
“It’s the first time that serious foodies have systematically attempted to find the tastiest, locally sourced and freshly prepared dishes in the world,” Chowzter founder and chief executive Jeffrey Merrihue said in a telephone interview.
The Chowzter event comes one night before the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, when Alain Ducasse will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, the organizers said today.
“We are delighted that this prestigious accolade is going to one of the greatest chefs in France and, indeed, the world,” William Drew, editor of Restaurant magazine and organizer of the World’s 50 Best, said in an e-mailed release.
The full list of Chowzter nominees will be published on the website http://www.chowzter.com/awards, where tickets are on sale. Here are the nominations for best pizza and hamburgers.
Pizza: Pizza Rossa at Pizzarium: Rome The Montanera at Pizzeria Starita: Naples Margherita at Story Deli: London Pizza a l’aubergine at La Pizza: Cannes Sausage Pizza at Di Fara’s: Brooklyn, New York Sicilian Pizza at Buddy’s Pizza: Detroit Sausage and Garlic Pizza at Santarpio’s: Boston Rosa at Pizzeria Bianco: Phoenix Fugazzeta at El Cuartito: Buenos Aires Fresh Whole Clam Pizza at Zuppardi’s: West Haven, Connecticut Bianca at Pizzeria Mozza: Los Angeles Margherita at Seirinkan: Tokyo
Burgers: Cheeseburger at Louis Lunch: New Haven, Connecticut Wagyu Beef Burger at Rabbit Hole Bar and Dining: Sydney Life Aquatic Burger at Lucky Chip: London Bacon Cheese Burger at Craigie on Main: Cambridge, Mass. Islak Wet Burger at Kizilkayalar: Istanbul The Fresco Burger at Jacoby’s Burger: Haebangchon, South Korea Vada Pav at Dadar Kirti College: Mumbai Cheeseburger at Holeman and Finch: Atlanta The Crabby Burger at Euro Trash: Portland, Oregon The Fergburger at Fergburger: Queenstown, New Zealand Double Cheeseburger at Au Cheval: Chicago Office Burger at Father’s Office: Los Angeles
(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)
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