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    London-based Pinoy street food stall wins Php24 million in BBC competition

    MANILA, Philippines – A Pinoy street food stall in London recently won Php24 million in a BBC competition.
    London-based Pinoy street food stall wins Php24 million in BBC competition

    Established in 2014, offering classic Filipino food with the lunchtime tastes of Londoners, BBQ Dreamz is a popular street food stall in London that’s on its way to stardom after winning an investment worth £350,000 (around Php24 million) in British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) reality show, “My Million Pound Menu”.

    BBQ Dreamz BBC champion
    Photo credit: Evening Standard UK

    The reality show finds food businesses that have excellent potential, giving them a chance to win thousands of pounds in investment.

    BBQ Dreamz won this week’s contest, besting fellow Londoners The Duck Truck, duck stall, as well as Indian street food stall Jah Jyot from Leeds.

    BBQ Dreamz BBC champion
    Photo credit: Evening Standard UK

    BBQ Dreamz Owners

    The authentic Filipino food served at BBQ Dreamz were based on the delectable food Fil-Am Lee Johnson enjoyed from his grandma’s kitchen while growing up. He and his Irish partner Sinead Campbell opened the street food stall in 2014, with the aim to bring Filipino food to the London crowd.

    BBQ Dreamz BBC champion
    Photo credit: Evening Standard UK

    A regular in several popular KERB street food markets across London, BBQ Dreamz serves classic Filipino food with a twist that incorporates Londoners’ taste in cuisine.

    BBQ Dreamz BBC champion
    Photo credit: Evening Standard UK

    Classic Filipino Food with a Twist

    Since it is a Filipino food stall, BBQ Dreamz serves most of their food with Jasmine rice.


    Items on the menu include signature dishes like sweet and sour chicken adobo, lechon kawali, sticky adobo chicken wings, and grilled satay duck hearts.

    On “My Million Pound Menu”, Johnson and Campbell impressed the judges with their scrumptious food: signature lechon kawali and adobo glazed chicken wings. Upgrading the street food to something that’s fit to be served in a 5-star restaurant, BBQ Dreamz served their lechon kawali with special gravy, celery, radish, and coriander.


    As they went home with the big win, Johnson and Campbell know this is the boost they needed to fulfill their dream of bringing Filipino food to more people in London.

    BBQ Dreamz BBC champion
    Photo credit: Evening Standard UK

    This has already started with a pop-up restaurant at MeatLiquor in King's Cross that will be open for 6 weeks, beginning January 13. Diners can enjoy the signature dishes that brought the street food stall to fame on the show, plus other items in a 10-course tasting menu.

    — Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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