Taking Tacos to Tooting

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Two students from Burntwood School have won the first Tooting Streetfood Challenge and will get a chance to launch their taco business at Tooting Market.

The Tooting Street Food challenge was launched in June by Wandsworth Council’s Lifelong Learning team, who chose Tooting because it has become one of London’s top foodie destinations.

The challenge offers young people a chance to develop a business idea and put their entrepreneurial skills into practice. Teams from Burntwood School, Chestnut Grove Academy, Ernest Bevin College, Nightingale Academy and Southfields Academy, received coaching and mentoring from professionals in the hospitality industry.

The fiercely-contested final was judged by Tooting Market manager Roi Mengelgrein and professional London-based chefs Richard Sawyer (Maddison’s on Broadway) and Sebastian Ryder (Purple Dragon). The judges were impressed with the high quality of food and thought given to branding and developing a new food product.

Kaafiya Bhatti and Donia Kamran from Burntwood School won with their business Panda Tacos, closely followed by Macho Nacho from Ernest Bevin College and Crumbalicious from Chestnut Grove Academy.

The winning team won £250 of High Street vouchers and a glass trophy, plus the opportunity to launch their product from Unwined, Tooting Market, at a celebratory event on October 30.

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