Bishop's Stortford restaurant cooks up top honour at 'British Kebab Awards'
A restaurant in Bishop's Stortford is celebrating after winning 'Best Newcomer' at last night's British Kebab Awards in London.
Pircio in the Market Square came top in the in 'London/Outside London' category. Elsewhere, Irmak BBQ in Dunstable won the 'Best Delivery' Award.
Mazlum Demir, who produces a special bread with squid ink and octopus in kebab form, won Chef of the Year for the second time in a row for his work at Skewd Kitchen in Barnet.
Among the other winners were Verdo Turkish BBQ in Edinburgh which won Best Kebab House in Scotland and Golden BBQ, Cardiff, which scooped Best Kebab House in Wales.
This year members of the public nominated 5,012 of their favourite kebab shops. These were whittled down to a shortlist of 153 based on the number of public votes received with bonus points for nominations from MPs and councillors.
Hygiene, online satisfaction ratings and the number of #BritishKebabAwards tweets of support that a contender got were also taken into account.
There are now over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK selling around 2,500 tonnes of lamb and chicken doner a week. There are also around 200 doner kebab manufacturers in the UK, with a turnover in excess of £750m.
Every day, more than 1.3m kebabs are sold across Britain, with the industry being worth more than £2.8-billion pounds a year to the British economy.
British Kebab Awards founder, Ibrahim Dogus, said: "The kebab is on the march to be Britain's national dish and the excitement around this event grows every year.
Some of the kebabs being produced in the top flight are incredible. This cuisine is coming of age in Britain with interesting twists and, at its heart, good ingredients cooked well.
British foodies are showing their appreciation for this ancient style of cooking and competition is getting extremely hot. For two of the finalists to retain their titles two years in a row is no mean feat and I know their competitors will be even more determined to unseat them next year".