VENDY CUP 2017

 

Big Brother’s Delicious Food is run by Ji Chen “Peter” Wang, who was a chef in Kaifeng, China – famous for its night market -- before moving to the US in 2012.  He settled in Queens with his family before opening a small Chinese restaurant and then a food cart, selling Chinese-style barbecue skewers on Main Street in downtown Flushing.  He now has two carts, which he operate alongside his son and nieces and nephews.

 2017 VENDY CUP WINNER

DF Nigerian is run by Godshelter Oluwalogbon and his wife Bisola. Godshelter, who was born in Ghana and grew up in Nigeria, immigrated to the US in 2001 at the age of 25. While working various restaurant gigs, he started catering for members of his church, in East New York, Brooklyn. After ten years of catering, he started selling meals out of the back of his car outside the Nigerian embassy in midtown.  Two years ago, he opened DF Nigerian food truck, and recently signed a lease on a restaurant.

Yolanda’s Tamales is owned by Maria Palacio, who was born in Guerrero Mexico and immigrated to the US when she was 23. After working a short time in a supermarket, she opened up the first tamale cart on Upper Broadway, using recipes taught by her grandmother, Yolanda. She set up near 137th Street, where her tamales became famous among City College students, and has since moved up to 145th Street.

Anton’s Dumplings specializes in pelmeni, which are Russian-style dumplings wrapped in thin, unleaven dough. It was founded by Anton Yelyashkevich, who immigrated to the US from Belarus in 1996, with his family, at the age of 6. He grew up in Bensonhurst, went to art school, worked in advertising and then founded his cart in 2015 near the basketball courts on West Fourth Street. After a glowing write-up in the NY Times, business took off, and he is now looking for a permit to expand his business.

2017 PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER

Adel’s No. 1 is owned by Adel El Nagar, who immigrated to the US from his native Egypt in 2000, after a career in sales that took him to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and through the Middle East. After working on a cart near the famous Halal Guys on Sixth Avenue, he developed his own cart downtown, catering largely to the limousine drivers who would line up outside the former Goldman Sachs building on Front Street in Lower Manhattan. Adel lives in East Elmhurst with his wife and four children.

 

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BEST ROOKIE VENDOR 2017

BEST MARKET VENDOR 2017

 

BEST DESSERT VENDOR 2017