Britain's best kebab shop finalists revealed for 2018 - did your local make the British Kebab Awards?

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The finalist list is in, find out whether your local kebab house made the cut - and in what category

The UK’s kofte kings were pita’d against each other today as British Kebab Awards 2018 finalists were unveiled after a record number of nominations.

Kebab businesses in every corner of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are battling for gongs in 16 categories from Best Kebab Van to Best Newcomer and Chef of the Year ahead of the sixth annual awards ceremony on Monday, March 12, in London.

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.

In the hotly contested Chef of the Year category, Besnik Hajdari of Javits Takeaway in Edinburgh is aiming for the double after the restaurant won 2015’s Best Kebab in Scotland award.

But he faces stiff competition from last year’s winner, Mazlum Demir from Skewd Kitchen, in Barnet, North London and Haci Akdogan of Haz Restaurant in London’s Square Mile who triumphed in the best chef category in 2015.

Last year’s Northern Irish winner - Sphinx in Glengormley, County Antrim - is up against five other finalists including its sister restaurant in Belfast - itself a two-time champion.

First published on The Mirror on 13 Feb 2018.

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