The nation’s finest curry restaurants honoured

Posted on News Nov 2013 - by Tandoori Magazine
The nation’s finest curry restaurants honoured

The UK’s favourite cuisine was once again celebrated at the ninth, annual British Curry Awards on Monday 25th November 2013 at Battersea Evolution, as the nation’s finest curry restaurants were honoured at undisputedly the most lauded event of the UK hospitality sector.

 

The event was organised by one of the UK curry industry’s leading figures, Enam Ali MBE, and was hosted by TV personality, Chris Tarrant. This year's ceremony once again welcomed a who’s who guest list of 100’s of leading restaurateurs, celebrities, politicians, dignitaries, business leaders and influencers. Among them were Prime Minister David Cameron; celebrity chefs, James Martin, Ed BainsAnjum Anand and John Gregory-Smith; radio broadcaster James Whale; ITV newsreader Charlene White; TV personalities Ulrika Jonsson, Melinda Messenger and Lizzie Cundy; and politicians Chris Grayling MP, Keith Vaz MP. Anne Main MP, Alok Sharma MP, Andrew Rosindell MP and Rushanara Ali MP.

 

With the UK curry industry boasting 10,000 restaurants and 80,000 employees, and contributing a staggering £3.6billion annually to the economy, British Curry Awards has been lauded as a national institution in its own right, with the Prime Minster fondly coining them the ‘Curry Oscars’.

 

Speaking at the event, David Cameron said, “The curry industry has been contributing, achieving and rising and that is the spirit we need more than ever in this country today. From the bottom of my heart, let me say thank you for everything you give to our country. Thank you for the tremendous kindness that you have shown me this evening, I wish this Great British industry every possible success in the years to come.”

 

From a staggering 236,000 public nominations received this year via app, email and post, winners were selected from their respective category shortlists and announced at the event as follows:
 

Special Recognition Award: Mohammed Aslam MBE of Aagrah Group. 

Best Spice Restaurant Scotland: Karma, Whitburn

Best Spice Restaurant North East: Raval, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Best Spice Restaurant North West: The Viceroy, Carlisle, Cumbria

Best Spice Restaurant Midlands: Mem Saab, Leicsester

Best Spice Restaurant Wales: Bokhara, Pen-y-Fai, Bridgend

Best Spice Restaurant South East: Chez Mumtaj, St Albans, Herts

Best Spice Restaurant South West: Myristica, Bristol

Best Spice Restaurant Central London and City: Benares, Berkeley Square

Best Spice Restaurant London Outer and Suburbs: Indian Moment, Battersea

Best Newcomer: Shampan 4 at the Spinning Wheel, Westerham, Kent

 

It is stated that a curry remains the favoured choice of takeaway across the nation, overtaking stalwarts such as a Chinese or Italian. Its value is reflected by the Best Takeaway Award, in association with Just Eat, the online takeaway ordering service. Winner of this year’s award is Polash Tandoori, Dartford, Kent.

 

Each year, British Curry Awards also presents the Special Recognition Award to an influential culinary personality, with past winners including Atul Kochar. Madhur Jaffrey, Cyrus Todiwala OBE, Anjum Anand, Heston Blumenthal OBE, Shelim Hussain MBE and Dipna Anand. This year, the award was presented to Mohammed Aslam MBE of Aagrah Group

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Posted by Raval December 02, 2013
We are delighted to have won Best Restaurant in the North East at this year's British Curry Awards. We wish to thank all of customers and staff. Why not visit us to try our award-winning food for yourselves? http://www.ravaluk.com
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