On 21st July, Deliverect launched its “Hidden Gems” contest to further help the global food and hospitality industry. The contest welcomed independent restaurants and small chains across from 17 countries to submit their online ordering “hidden gem” menu item. Voting was open to the public from 21 July – 5 September. For each vote, Deliverect donated €1 to World Central Kitchen, a global charity providing meals to people in need.
The grand prize winner for the Best Hidden Gem menu item is Los Costilla in Madrid, Spain for their “Sweet Chipotle Chicken Sandwich”; a succulent fried honey chicken burger topped with a chipotle sauce in a brioche bun. The Los Costilla team will be awarded €50,000 (approximately $60,000 / £43,000) and one-year’s free access to Deliverect.
Juan Abraham De Oliveira, co-founder of Los Costilla: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen as the winners of the Hidden Gems competition! Our entire team has worked incredibly hard to continue delivering exceptional meals during the pandemic, so this is a testament to their dedication towards impeccable food. I’m grateful to work with a group of such talented individuals every day, and to have the support of partners like Deliverect. We are excited to take our small restaurant (and taste buds!) to the next level.”
The runners up will receive varying prizes:
- Most Comforting Gem: Are you Hungry in Pennsylvania (USA) – “FatLion”
- Best Food Truck Gem: Banh Mi Express in Brussels (Belgium) – “Banh Mi Pulled