Credit: Urbanspace

The opportunity to have your culinary space in Manhattan is one that many dreams about but is never able to conquer. That will easily change for one very talented up-and-coming New York City chef, as three of them are competing to have their own 3-month lease inside Urbanspace’s fabulous Lexington Avenue market in Midtown East as part of Citi’s Urbanspace Challenge.

Through this culinary competition, finalists Tristin Chin-Fatt of “Destination Dumplings”, Jumoke Jackson of “Soul-full Sandwiches” and Sonya Samuel of “Bacchanal Sauce” have the incredible opportunity to compete for a three-month lease at Urbanspace’s 570 Lexington Avenue market, covered by Citi. The sponsorship and challenge is part of Citi’s mission to foster the growth of small local businesses.

The three finalists are currently showing off their culinary talents at Urbanspace’s Madison Square EatsBroadway Bites and Garment District markets. At the end of the challenge, the winner will be chosen by a panel of noteworthy judges and through a public vote. The judges’ panel includes The Meatball Shop’s  Michael Chernow, Adam Platt of Grub Street and Urbanspace President, Eldon Scott.

“Urbanspace’s ability to transform public spaces into immersive markets and cultivate culinary communities makes them an ideal partner to help support small businesses in this great city. We’re thrilled to have developed the Citi Urbanspace Challenge, which helps raise the profiles of great local chefs in the New York market.” – says Tina Davis, Managing Director of Global Sponsorships and Marketing, Citi.

Urbanspace at 570 Lexington is one of many food halls that have popped up in Manhattan over the past couple of years. They expertly host several different types of cuisines all under one incredible location, where even the fussiest of eaters will be able to find something that tickles their true culinary fancy.

Best of luck to all the finalists competing!