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If the BBC's Million Pound Menu is putting pop-ups in the spotlight, it's Singaporean chef Hawker Chan winning a Michelin star in 2017 for his soya sauce chicken rice that shows there's a sophisticated side to street food. It's a path trodden by some familiar names too, with the likes of Pizza Pilgims, Bao and Patty & Bun all cutting their teeth as pop-up concepts.
This year's Newcomer Catey winner, Smoke & Salt - based out of the Pop Brixton shipping container formerly inhabited by Kricket before it moved to a permanent Soho site - is the next name to watch. It's the first restaurant of Remi Williams and Aaron Webster, who met while cooking at the Shed in Notting Hill. It opened in June 2017 with the use of a government start-up loan and the support of friends and family.
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