The Golden Chopsticks Awards (#TheGCAs) is an awards ceremony which recognises East and South East Asian cuisine across the UK. Our mission is to celebrate the enormous contribution of restaurateurs and food businesses to the UK catering industry and champion the food heroes working within it.
Let’s start with a little history…
The GCAs was founded in 2017 by three friends; Gok Wan, TV presenter, fashion stylist and author. Lucy Mitchell, Managing Director of Oriental Food Specialist SeeWoo UK and Sarah Lewis, leading food and drink PR and communications specialist. The Founders, united by their love of East and South East Asian cuisine and culture and surprised that there was no event dedicated to celebrating the successes of this sector, decided to launch The Golden Chopsticks Awards.
After months of research and hard work, a concept for The Golden Chopsticks Awards was born. From here the team were able to secure the support of ten expert judges led by head judge Ken Hom OBE, who would bring invaluable knowledge, authenticity and credibility to the decision making process of the awards. As the project built momentum, key industry sponsors came on board including Just Eat and Lee Kum Kee amongst other influential brands. This brought a further wealth of experience and expertise to the table.
In January 2018, the very first GCAs campaign launched across the UK with 6 weeks of public voting. The UK public voted in their thousands for their favourite restaurants, takeaways and street food vendors. The inaugural Golden Chopsticks Awards was hosted at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square by Gok Wan to a ballroom of 450 guests , a sell out in it’s first year, the first GCAs was a huge triumph for the Founders and Judges. The feedback from attendees unanimously declared that the GCAS was a resounding success, different from any other food awards with it’s unique energy and audience engagement.
Moving into its 3rd year, the GCAs 2020 campaign launched when public voting opened on the 16th February 2020. East and South East Asian restaurants, takeaways, cafes and street food vendors once again fiercely competed in the hope to win one of the most coveted awards in the East and South East Asian food sector. Voting closed on the 12th March 2020 and the Finalists were due to be announced in early April.
Sadly, due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), both the Finalists announcement and event night itself, which was set to take place on 27th April 2020, were placed on hold.
Having considered carefully the option of holding an online awards ceremony, the team felt more than ever the need for a celebration within the restaurant and hospitality sector, as it emerged from the very challenging restrictions it had faced. Therefore the awards were set for Monday 27th September 2021.
What is now considered one of the food industry’s hottest tickets, The Golden Chopsticks Awards was once again held at The London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square. Once again tickets SOLD OUT weeks before the most colourful and entertaining evening’s in the food industry calendar.