Deliveroo delivers big break for street food duo on BBC’s My Million Pound Menu

Deliveroo delivers big break for street food duo on BBC’s My Million Pound Menu

  • Winner of BBC's My Million Pound Menu now available to order on Deliveroo after receiving backing from company's founder Will Shu
  • The Asian-fusion street food duo have swapped their food truck for a fully kitted bespoke kitchen provided by Deliveroo through its delivery-only Editions kitchens
  • Investment in Tiger Bites continues Deliveroo's commitment to supporting young talent and restaurant startups

Tiger Bites - who won the backing of Deliveroo's CEO and co-founder Will Shu on tonight's episode of BBC's My Million Pound Menu presented by Fred Sirieix (Tuesday 12th February) - is now delivering to hungry customers in East London.

The Asian-fusion street food startup has taken up residency at Deliveroo's delivery-only Editions kitchen in Whitechapel. The food entrepreneurs have their own fully bespoke kitchen, marketing support from Deliveroo and a fleet of riders to bring their amazing meals to even more hungry customers.

You can watch the episode of My Million Pound Menu on Iplayer here and an interview with the Tiger Bites founders in their new Editions Kitchen here.

About Tiger Bites

Tiger Bites was founded by good friends Scott & Lacey in 2017 when it launched at the Old Nun's Head pub in Peckham. The inspiration for Tiger Bites came from when Scott and Lacey were travelling in South-East Asia where they discovered bao buns. While Scott & Lacey found that bao buns had already made it to the UK, almost all outlets were serving small-sized hirata buns with traditional fillings such as char sui pork belly.

At the time, Lacey was vegan and Scott wasn't, so they decided to develop a menu in which every single item was available as a meat or vegan option so that nobody would ever eat a meal at Tiger Bites and feel left out by watching their friends eat something that they can't have.

The pair added an American influence to these traditional Asian buns using the larger sized gua bao to pack in a whole chicken-thigh or vegan chick'n patty, sometimes even two, accompanied with various innovative fusion fillings such as the Peanut Butter & Jelly. This exciting take on the old lunchbox favourite has been one of their best sellers since its debut on the menu. Another American-influenced dish available are the 'Tiger Bites' - bite size pieces of popcorn chicken or vegan chick'n, smothered in a homemade sriracha infused maple syrup.

Scott & Lacey have progressed securing their first permanent contract at Birthdays in Dalston and spent summer 2018 serving music and food festivals such as Lovebox and BBC Good Food. Now they have joined Deliveroo Editions.

Passionate about great food, Deliveroo is committed to helping restaurants succeed and supporting great cooking talent. At a time when the restaurant industry is under pressure, Editions helps restaurants expand and prove their business model, whilst avoiding the huge costs of opening a bricks & mortar site on the high street - which can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Tiger Bites joins successful food entrepreneurs, independents and established restaurants who are growing into new areas and reaching more customers through Deliveroo Editions.

Commenting, Founder and CEO of Deliveroo Will Shu said:

'I'm really excited that we are helping some of the UK's best up-and-coming chefs take the next step in their journeys.

'Food is my number one passion and it's our mission at Deliveroo to bring people amazing meals from the best local restaurants.

'That's why Tiger Bites are so exciting, and I'm really pleased to give them the space to grow their business and bring great food to more people, helping them on their journey to opening a bricks and mortar restaurant.'

Commenting, Tiger Bites founder Scott De Lima said:

"Opening a Tiger Bites restaurant is our dream so we were really excited to take part in Million Pound Menu. By moving into our own kitchen in Deliveroo Editions we will be able to grow our business and take the next step towards making that dream a reality. It can be tough taking the next step in this industry, especially with the huge up-front costs of fitting and opening a restaurant, but delivery means more people can try our baos letting the food speak for itself. This is only the start for Tiger Bites and we can't wait until every home in the UK is craving our Peanut Butter Jelly Chicken Bao."

Last year Deliveroo launched its 'Pop-ups' initiative, giving the best street food startups trials at Editions sites with the chance of becoming a permanent Deliveroo partner. Through the programme, Deliveroo gives popular street food vendors a 12 week slot at an Editions kitchen. During this time they are supported by Deliveroo - its scale and expertise helping budding new chefs reach new customers, improve their menus and use top of the range kitchens. At the end of the residency, the most popular brands - as decided by customers - are given the chance to become a full-time partner.

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Notes to Editors

  • High quality images of Tiger Bites dishes and the chefs involved can be found here.
  • Deliveroo works with over 80,000 best-loved restaurants, as well as 50,000 riders to provide the best food delivery experience in the world. Deliveroo is headquartered in London, with 2000 employees in offices around the globe.
  • Deliveroo operates in over 500 towns and cities across 13 markets, including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
  • Deliveroo Editions launched in the UK in 2017 and currently has 24 sites across the UK (200 kitchens)
  • Deliveroo Editions are purpose built, state of the art kitchens that have increased customer choice across the UK, helped local restaurants expand and make significant contributions to the local economy. The kitchens host a range of brands, from independent restaurants to household names, giving residents access to amazing food at the touch of a button. At a time when the restaurant industry is under pressure, Editions helps restaurants grow their business and overcome the huge costs of opening new bricks and mortar sites.
  • A number of brands have used Editions as a platform to grow and expand into their own high street site. Crust Bros served Neopolitan pizzas out of a food truck on the Southbank in London, before moving to an Editions site. After seeing 250% growth in the business in just 6 months, Crust Bros have been able to launch their first bricks & mortar site in the capital.
  • Deliveroo is committed to helping chefs and restaurant brands reach their potential. Earlier this year the company launched its 'Pop-ups' initiative, giving the best street food start-ups trials at Editions sites with the chance of becoming a permanent Deliveroo partner. One of these, Kabab, started life as a street stall in Shoreditch, before moving to a Deliveroo Editions kitchen for a 12 week period in February 2018. It's southern hemisphere kebabs with a mixture of flavours from around the world including Greek, Turkish and North African proved a real hit, and now Kabab is opening full-time in two Editions sites.
  • My Million Pound Menu is a BBC show hosted by Fred Sirieix. In it, chefs compete for investment.
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