The Kitchens, Spinningfields crowns Bangers and Bacon its winner following a year long competition to find the region’s most ambitious and entrepreneurial food and beverage start up.
Bangers and Bacon beat off competition from some of the region’s best street food traders to claim their title including Chaat Cart, Hip Hop Chip Shop, Mumma Schnitzel, Wholesome & Raw and Yakumamma alongside recent additions, Dim Sum Sue, Nasi Lemak and Bangers and Bacon’s sister project, Well Hung.
Rochelle Silverstein, Project Manager at Spinningfields, commented: “The Butcher, Baker and Noise-maker, otherwise known as entrepreneurial trio James Taylor, Heather Taylor & Richard Brown are much deserved winners. They have worked tirelessly over the last year to develop a loyal customer base, through a combination of diverse and high-quality menus, sell-out events, including innovative Chef’s table supper clubs and a constant passion for their trade. Come rain or shine, from breakfast through to dinner the dedication displayed throughout the process was simply unrivalled.”
Michael Ingall, Chief Executive, Allied London commented: “The idea for The Kitchens has captured people’s imaginations. The response was great when we launched last summer and the outcome has been tremendous. My heartfelt congratulations to Bangers and Bacon, they have put in a massive effort and thanks also to my colleague Rochelle Silverstein who has done a fantastic job to date supporting the Kitchens.
“We are proud to be incubating new businesses here and I send my congratulations to the other traders who have stayed the course of the completion too. I look forward to watching The Kitchens grow further over the next year as we look to incorporate this emerging project into upcoming developments in the future.”
Rich Brown from Bangers and Bacon commented: “We are very proud of our achievements over the past year, working alongside Manchester’s premier street food traders has been an honour. We are very excited to see what our future working alongside Allied London will bring and we would like to send a huge thank you to our fellow traders and to everyone who has been to Bangers and Bacon and enjoyed our food. We’ve had an amazing 12 months.”
Bangers and Bacon will be awarded with financial investment, business support and the opportunity to develop a prime retail unit in Spinningfields into an exciting new café/restaurant.
The Kitchens will continue to uphold its status as a place for the development and growth of independent street food in the North West, by continuing to invite ambitious traders to The Kitchens, as well as working with existing traders.
Allied London will continue to support existing traders at The Kitchens by promoting their involvement in pop-ups and event catering at a number of other Allied London assets, including Old Granada Studios, London Road Fire Station and Leeds Dock.
Chris Reay, Spinningfields Estate Director concluded: “Over 22,000 people come through Spinningfields every day. Access to that number of people has been a great springboard for The Kitchens traders and I’m thrilled that we are able to provide that opportunity for emerging traders, like Bangers and Bacon to evolve their business at Spinningfields.”