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Winner: Wood-Fired Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich
Restaurant: The Parish, Los Angeles
Sandwich Creator: Chef/owner Casey Lane
Inspiration: This sandwich was inspired by Britain’s rich Indian culture while showcasing England’s gastropub culture.
Key Ingredients: Wood-fired rotisserie chicken, house-made paneer cheese, avocado, romesco aioli and a runny, fried egg.
Why it’s Special: Lane cooks the chicken on the restaurant’s wood-fired grill from Tuscany and pairs it with an amalgamation of British, Indian and California flavors.
Food Cost: $6
What the Judges Said: “We’ve not tasted anything quite like this chicken sandwich and we were transported. Pairing Indian paneer with Spanish romesco and giving it a British accent took us around the world, and the flight cost us a measly 11 bucks. The addition of a fried egg may be gilding the lily to some, but it made us feel like we were flying in first class with our tray tables down and our seat backs fully reclined. I’ll have another, stewardess!”
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