Best street-food chef
WINNER: Terri Mercieca of Happy Endings, London
A former YBF Awards baker of the year, artisan chocolatier Terri Mercieca’s pop-ups have become a familiar sight at festivals but now her Happy Endings desserts can be enjoyed in a new dessert bar at Old Spitalfields Market in east London. Stocked in Harrods, Terri’s ice-cream sandwiches are also sold in a number of places around the capital, including Selfridges and the ramen restaurant Tonkotsu. Made from organic chocolate, Somerset cream from The Estate Dairy and free-range eggs, the ice-cream sandwiches include passion fruit, popcorn and a ‘naughty’ version comprising miso salted caramel parfait squished between layers of chocolate Guinness cake and soy dulce de leche. Fun and approachable, ethical and retro, Terri produces high-impact desserts that wouldn’t look out of place on the menu of a fine-dining restaurant. The fact they can be eaten with your hands in a street-food setting makes them all the more enjoyable and decadent.
Head judge Laura Rowe says:
“We were inundated with nominations for Terri’s quirky Happy Endings ice-cream sandwiches and our judge was bowled over with the innovative and complex flavours these sweet treats provided.”