Daily Star: Oscars-style blunder mars British Kebab Awards as wrong restaurant handed prize

27 February 2017


GAFFE: Scott Mills was forced to tell the unlucky staff that they hadn't won

WHILE Hollywood bigwigs drew criticism for their gargantuan error at the Academy Awards last night, there was an equally impressive howler at the British Kebab Awards.

In the kebab equivalent of the Oscars, the wrong winner was presented with the award for the Customer Satisfaction category.

Staff from “Koz” in Beckenham took to the stage to collect the award from Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, but were met with a nasty surprise.

An onlooker said: "They had just started posing up for the customary photos on stage when host Scott Mills had to break it to them that they were actually the runners up.

"Everyone took it in good humour, but to make matters worse there was more confusion when the real winner was revealed. Their name was so similar people thought they had just read it out all over again – it was Kosk in Edmonton.”

Over 1,200 guests including more than 50 MPs and Lords attended last night’s VIP-studded ceremony in the ballroom of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel.

This year’s shortlisted contenders were competing for prizes in 15 categories from Best Kebab Van to Best Newcomer and Best Fine Dining ahead of the fifth annual awards ceremony.

Members of the public were invited to nominate their favourite kebab shops.

The mistake follows the drama last night after the wrong “Best Picture” winner was announced at the Academy Awards.

Every day 1.3m kebabs are sold across Britain and there are now over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK selling around 2,500 tonnes of lamb and chicken doner a week.

Ibrahim Dogus, the founder 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.”

By George Martin For Daily Star First Published by Daily Star 27 February 2017

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