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Cafés clean up at the National Breakfast Awards!

Cafés clean up at the National Breakfast Awards!

The café sector had cause for celebration last night after out of home outlets took home all three gongs at the 2019 National Breakfast Awards. With the finalists also coming from the worlds of casual dining, hotels, and pubs and bars, the biggest accolade of National Breakfast of the Year went to Mathilde Papzian of Urban Pantry in Chiswick, west London; while Harry Mosley, from The Paddle in Christchurch, and Simon Lindley, from The Bus Café in Margate, claimed Breakfast Chef of the Year and Breakfast Bagel of the Year respectively.

The talented finalists competed across all three disciplines at the live cook-off, which was held at Westminster Kingsway College, London. They were then scored by a panel of industry-leading judges, including Roy Sommer, chairman of The F&B Managers Association of London; Steve Bell, owner of The Yellow Bicycle Café, who won Breakfast Chef of the Year in 2018; and Mark Teed, food strategy and implementation manager for Star Pubs.

French-born Papzian, who also received a £1,000 prize, prevailed with her recipe of cachapas, a traditional Venezuelan crumpet/pancake, which she adapted by adding cheddar. On accepting her award, she said: “I can’t believe it yet, I wasn’t expecting to win! As a chef, I come from a traditional French fine dining background, but I burned myself out in that world and found this job with Urban Pantry. It was a good idea to start making breakfasts, as it’s not in my culture to cook brunch. I learned more and started to bring in different cultures, like Venezuelan.

“London is such a great city to mix it up and make different food, which I really enjoy. I received so many messages from customers wishing me luck in the National Breakfast Awards, so I’m really happy because they’re going to be so thrilled for us.”

Mosley won the Technical Round with his French roast bagel with caramelised banana, Nutella and hazelnuts, which had to include sponsors’ ingredients. In the Hot Bagel Round, meanwhile, contestants had just 10 minutes to prepare, cook and serve their dishes, with Lindley’s multiseed bagel with eggs, prosciutto ham, cherry tomatoes on the vine and home-made salsa verde stealing the show.

Running alongside the National Breakfast Awards was the all-new Bloody Mary Challenge, held in association with TABASCO® and Ketel One vodka, which was won by Elliot Davies from Genuine Liquorette in London. Davies’ ‘Bloody Hell’ creation won him an incredible trip to Avery Island in Louisiana, USA, the home of TABASCO®.

Henry Norman, editor of organiser OOH magazine, said: “The level of innovation and presentation was extremely impressive across the board and I would like to thank all of the finalists, along with our judges and sponsors. Particular congratulations go to the winners, though, and we hope these accolades will provide a real boost to their businesses.”

The National Breakfast Awards were sponsored by Ketel One, New York Bakery, Nutella, Panasonic, Startle and Tabasco. For more information, go to

For the National Breakfast Awards 2019, H2O Publishing partnered with City Harvest, the charity that puts fresh surplus food to good use in a sustainable way by redistributing to organisations that feed the hungry. As a result of the partnership, 150 people were fed at London night shelters the following morning.