Daily Mail: Forget the Oscars! The British KEBAB awards briefly trends on Twitter above the Academy Awards
Forget the Oscars! The British KEBAB awards briefly trends on Twitter above the Academy Awards... so did your favourite takeaway come out on top?
- British Kebab Awards was held on same evening as the Academy Awards
- Twitter users joked that it was a bigger event than star-studded Hollywood night
- Awards supported by Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn
- Full list of winners revealed below
The Oscars may arguably be the biggest awards night in the world - but in the UK, it was another ceremony that had everyone talking.
The British Kebab Awards, held in central London last night, briefly trended on Twitter above the prestigious Academy Awards in the UK as kebab shops from across the country were honoured in front of 1,200 people.
And for many people, the glitter and glamour of the star-studded film awards night in Hollywood couldn't compete with a ceremony paying homage to the humble high street kebab.
Prime Minister Theresa May wrote a foreword for the British Kebab Awards last night, paying tribute to the UK's 'successful kebab restaurants' and the 'thriving British kebab industry'
Many people on Twitter jokingly said that the British Kebab Awards was the biggest awards ceremony of the night - despite the Academy Awards being held on the same evening
Though A-listers in eye-dropping gowns may have been missing from the night, there were still plenty of famous faces at the biggest event of the year for the kebab world.
Prime Minister Theresa May even wrote a foreword paying tribute to kebab shops across the country - though the leader sadly couldn't make it to the ceremony herself.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Just Eat Best Delivery: I am Doner, Leeds
Highly Recommended: Irmak BBQ, North Dunstable
Customer Satisfaction: Kosk, Edmonton
Highly Recommended: Koz Mediterranean Restaurant, Beckenham
Best Newcomer Restaurant/ Takeaway in London: Tarshish, Wood Green
Highly Recommended: Bababoom, Battersea
Best Newcomer Restaurant/ Takeaway outside London: Elder and Wolf, Whitley Bay
Best Kebab House in Northern Ireland: Sphinx Glengormley, Glengormley
Best Kebab House in Wales: Mezza Luna, Cardiff
Best Kebab House in Scotland: Alla Turca, Glasgow
Best Kebab House Regional: Meze Mangal, Bushey
Highly Recommended: Akdeniz Turkish Restaurant, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex
Best Takeaway Regional: Ellesmere Port Kebab House, Ellesmere Port
Best Kebab Restaurant in North and West London: Gokyuzu, Haringey
Highly Recommended: German Doner Kebab, West Ealing
Best Kebab Restaurant in South and East London: The Meze Bexleyheath, Bexleyheath
Highly Recommended: Efes Restaurant (Brick Lane), Whitechapel
Best Takeaway in London: Pizza King Kebab House, Edmonton
Best Value: The Iskele, Shoreditch
Highly Recommended: Grand Bazaar, Marylebone
Chef of the Year: Mazlum Demir (Skewd Kitchen), Barnet
Fine Dining Restaurant: Veyso's, Hertford
Kebab Van of the Year: Atalay Kebab Van, Thame, Oxfordshire
Outstanding Contribution: Prime Quality Foods, Enfield
Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn also wrote a foreword for the awards night, paying tribute to the £2 billion annual that the kebab industry contributes to the British economy
There was a large number of tributes from MPs in the British Kebab Awards programme. More than 50 MPs and peers attended the glamorous event
Twitter users joked that the Oscars clashed with the Kebab Awards rather than the other way around
It wasn't just political party leaders who supported the ceremony however - more than 50 MP and peers attended the glamorous event to support small businesses and kebab shops in their constituencies.
Kebab shops from across the UK picked up gongs last night in categories including best delivery, best newcomer, best value and kebab van of the year.
London kebab houses picked up the majority of the awards, but eateries in every part of the country were given gongs - including northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland.
THE HISTORY OF THE KEBAB
The UK’s first kebab shop, Istanbul Restaurant in Soho, opened during the Second World War - there are pictures of it in the Imperial War Museum.
However it was not until 1966 that the famous doner kebab - cooked on a vertical spit - first appeared with the opening of the Hodja Nasreddin Kebab House by Çetin Bukey and Kojay Hüsey in in north London’s Newington Green.
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.
Ibrahim Dogus, of the British Kebab Awards, said: 'Every year we see the competition get tougher so I congratulate every kebab business that won a British Kebab Award.
'MPs got behind their kebab shops and restaurants by the dozen with more than 40 nominating businesses in their constituencies and that's great to see. I look forward to seeing what the contenders serve up in 2018.'
Graham Corfield, UK managing director of Just Eat, which sponsored the event, said: 'On behalf of Just Eat, I would like to congratulate all of the winners on receiving a British Kebab Award in 2017.
'It is a phenomenal achievement in what are well established and highly competitive fields. The kebab businesses that have succeeded this year serve as shining examples within their local communities and, at the same time, support the thriving UK kebab industry. The award for every winner is hugely deserved.'
The annual event is the only one to recognise the contribution made by the kebab industry to the British economy - worth more than £2.8billion a year. This year's awards raised money for veterans' mental health charity Combat Stress.