Chowzter announces winners for 2014 World’s Tastiest Fast Feasts

El Gringo and the Chief Chowzters eat our way through London

While in London, nearly fifty Chief Chowzters from around the globe toured and ate at the city’s fabled foodie hotspots. Upon arrival to Shoreditch’s trendy Hoxton Hotel Friday night, El Gringo enjoyed welcome drinks and mingled with blogger, writer and photographer peers, also getting to know the founders and staff at Chowzter better (Fantastic folks. Planning, coordinating and transporting fifty foodies around London was a Herculean task!).

Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch, Hackney, London, UK

The Hoxton Hotel in the trendy neighborhood of London’s Shoreditch hosted the Chief Chowzters.

Check out a video of the Chowzter Welcome Reception below. And see if you can spot El Gringo “bombing” Simon Leong, Sydney Chief Chowster and videographer!

Video: Simon Leong, Simon Food Favourites

Broadway Market

On Saturday morning we were split into two groups, and our group headed toward the Broadway Street Market in a classic, red double-decker (the others rolled into Burroughs Market by the Thames). El Gringo enjoyed a lot of great food, including my first Scotch egg, smoked salmon, wild boar sausage and even a fish taco (prepared by a guy living in London who used to live in LA). What El Gringo did NOT enjoy was cold jellied eel. The slices of salty eel suspended in a gelatin made of chicken stock was pure British. I’ll take my Baja mariscos any day! The market appeared to attract London’s hipsters and we soaked in the atmosphere, street music, graffiti and mural art.

Chowzter, The World's Tastiest Fast Feasts 2014, London, England, UK

El Gringo and fellow Chief Chowzters toured the Broadway Market in London’s East End.

Broadway Market, London, UK

The bustling Broadway market contains culinary, musical and artistic delights.

Haggis Scotch Eggs, Broadway Market, London

Haggis Scotch Eggs, Broadway Market, London.

Global Steak Symposium: Choosing the world’s greatest cut

Saturday evening, Charlie Carroll and Flat Iron Steak in Soho hosted the “Global Steak Emporium”. Led by Mark Shatzker, author of the book aptly titled “Steak”. El Gringo and his fellow Chief Chowzters would be blind taste testing and then judging 6 of the world’s most renowned cuts of beef, including a Fattened 6 Year Old British Cow, a New Zealand Grassfed Wagyu, a legendary Angus Mackay Highland and an A5 Japanese Wagyu of questionable legal import (but don’t worry, we devoured the evidence). The Angus Mackay Highland was our pick, and Farmer Charles Ashbridge was on hand to accept the award.

Chowzter, The World's Tastiest Fast Feasts 2014, London, England, UK

El Gringo and his fellow Chief Chowzters converged at Flat Iron in London to select the World’s Best Steak.

Flat Iron, Chowzter, The World's Tastiest Fast Feasts 2014, London, England, UK

Chief Chowzters at Flat Iron blind taste test six cuts to choose the World’s Best Steak.

It really IS a brain food! Chief Chowzters strategize and share best practices at London’s Fish Central

Sunday morning, El Gringo rolled down to the Thames to do some self touring, never having been to London before. Strolling along the “Queen’s Walk”, I took in the Tower Bridge, Hays Galleria, the Old Globe, Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge and Saint Paul’s….phew! I was taken aback when I heard someone say “SCOTT!” on the bridge in an unfamiliar city. It was Bangkok Chief Chowzter Mark Wiens and his wife, also touring about. We Chowzters get around!

St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, London, UK

The view of St. Paul’s Cathedral across the Thames from the Tate Modern’s 6th floor restaurant.

I took a fast black back to the Hoxton just in time to clean up and meet the group in the lobby for a walk to one of London’s BEST fish and chips, Fish Central. Chowzter Founder and Chairman Jeffrey Merrihue led the group on a brainstorming exercise regarding Chowzter’s web strategy and other projects. Charleston Chief Chowzter Scott Wink shared his findings based on a survey he’d created for us in regard to blogging best practices. The survey unveiled that we all shared some common traits as bloggers…We are hungry, adventurous, able to document, desire to share, have a sense of style and are definitely opinionated! Both presentations sparked so much discussion, we were still buzzing with enthusiasm and ideas on the way back to the hotel. The fish and chips were AWESOME, BTW. Stop by Fish Central if you’re ever in London’s East End!

Fish Central, Chowzter, The World's Tastiest Fast Feasts 2014, London, England, UK

Chowzters gathered at Fish Central for a blogging best practices session, and some fantastic fish and chips!

Fish Central, Chowzter, The World's Tastiest Fast Feasts 2014, London, England, UK

Fish Central is widely recognized as having some of the BEST fish and chips in London.

Adieu, Adios, Goodbye…Until we meet again!

Most of the Chief Chowzters parted ways Monday after the awards ceremony Sunday. El Gringo hung around for a day, hooking up with an old friend at Rules, London’s oldest restaurant (est. 1795), but more on that in another post, perhaps. The events surrounding the 2014 Chowzter Tastiest Fast Feast Awards were a brilliant (as the Brits say) opportunity for working food writers and bloggers to meet, share ideas and inspiration and enjoy some good food and drink together. El Gringo is already looking forward to next year’s awards. Stay tuned for more!

Your Gringo in…London,

6 Comments on Chowzter announces winners for 2014 World’s Tastiest Fast Feasts

  1. Great reporting. What a cool experience- I’ve got to get in on this Chowzter action!

  2. Great write-up Scott. Wish I could have been there to soak it all in with you! 😀

    • Thanks Holly! It was a fantastic event and great opportunity to meet the Chowzter folks as well as the Chief Chowzters. Hopefully I’ll see you at one of the next events!


  3. Ah, just relived my Chowzter moments… can’t believe that a week has already passed by!


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