Ibrahim cooks up a winner

11 December 2012

Golborne Road stallholder Ibrahim Siteri's Moroccan Soup Stand has won the best Street Food and Takeaway category in the coveted BBC Radio 4Food and Farming Awards 2012.

Ibrahim who started his stall in 2001, with his friend Mohammed, serving soups, tagines, grilled meat and fish wowed the BBC judges Valentine Warner and Charles Champion with the large range of tagines on display - all bubbling away on the heat and smelling delicious.

The BBC judges commented that the stall, which has just four stools at the front, could be dismissed as unassuming because of its looks except for the buzz of activity around it which indicated it was very well established in the community.

Most of the ingredients are purchased from local suppliers, meat from Le Marrakech, halal butchers at 64 Golborne Road, fish from Golborne Fisheries at 77 Golborne Road and spices from the Golborne Cash & Carry at 84 Golborne Road.

A delighted Ibrahim told the BBC that winning the award made an incredible difference. He said: "I am so pleased to have this, it is extra motivation to keep on in this business and try to expand."

Later Ibrahim paid tribute to the Royal Borough's Street Trading Office and markets manager Nick Kasic, in particular, who he said has been very helpful and supportive over the years.

Congratulating Ibrahim and his partner Mohammed, Cllr Nick Paget Brown, the Royal Borough's Deputy Leader, said: "Well done to Ibrahim and Mohammed for their dedication and hardwork over the years and for consistently producing such wonderful and tasty fare with ingredients sourced locally. The popularity of the stall shows that market regulars and visitors have long regarded the Moroccan Soup Stand as simply the best. This view is also now clearly held by the BBC's food experts who have given them this very prestigious award."