Belgian waffles win prize in Big Apple

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The Belgian waffle vendor Thomas De Geest has won this year's Vendy Award in the 'desserts' category. The awards took place on Saturday at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The Vendy Awards are heralded as one of New York City's most beloved and widely anticipated food events. It is an intense cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs in New York City.

The 37-year-old Belgian Thomas De Geest, former consultant at IBM, started selling Belgian waffles in the streets of New York City two years ago. 

He sells Belgian waffles with all sorts of dinges, or toppings, both warm and cold, sweet and savoury.

His ‘Wafels & Dinges’ yellow waffle stall is a van cum mobile home from which he sells his waffles at 14 different places in the city.

"Americans just love my approach. Everyone wants to know why I spell 'Waffles' wrong. They also want to know what Dinges means."

Food street vendors are very popular in New York. The vendors dot the sidewalks of Manhattan from Greenwich Village to uptown Columbia University and everywhere in-between. There are around 3000 licensed street vendors in Manhattan.

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