Do you know Britain’s best kebab restaurant?
Nominations now open for British Kebab Awards.
The search is on for Britain’s best kebab restaurant. Across the country, from the humble high street kebab shop to fine dining restaurants, food lovers are sending in their nominations as we hunt down the best kebabs in Britain.
Kebabs have become a Great British institution. And they’re big business, with an estimated 1.3m kebabs sold by vendors every day in the UK, according to the organisers of the British Kebab Awards. The first kebab shop opened in North London in 1966 and there are now over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK selling around 2,500 tonnes of lamb and chicken doner a week.
The British Kebab Awards, now in their third year, have become a fixture in the annual food awards calendar. Organisers are looking for nominations across a variety of categories including best value restaurant, best takeaway, best new restaurant and chef of the year. The awards will honour the classic takeaway through to the growing number of family restaurants serving kebab style food.
Nominations can be made on the British Kebab Awards website (www.britishkebabawards.co.uk). Nomination must be submitted by 10 December.
Last year, the winners came from across the UK including Sheesh Chigwell in the fine dining category, Kazan Restaurant in Victoria for customer satisfaction, and Best Kebab in Southend on Sea and Bullring Chippy in Worcester for best takeway outside of London.
A panel of judges including MPs Nadhim Zahawi, Jonathan Reynolds and Keith Vaz will help decide the winners of each category. The awards, which will be held in January 2015, are sponsored by the UK’s largest takeaway website JUST EAT, as well as Big K and Bulldog Energy Drinks, with the aim of showcasing the wide range of restaurants serving kebab styled food.
The British kebab industry contributes over £2.2 billion annually to the British economy, supporting around 200,000 jobs across restaurants, suppliers and the food industry in the UK. There are also around 200 doner kebab manufacturers in the UK, with a turnover in excess of £750m.
Ibrahim Dogus, Director Founder of the British Kebab Awards, said: “Now in their third year, the British Kebab Awards are going from strength to strength. It is fantastic that we have this opportunity to recognise the work of businesses across the country, as well as highlight how varied the British kebab industry is, and the important contribution it makes to the economy.”
Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director of British Kebab Awards sponsors JUST EAT, said: “The British Kebab Awards are the perfect showcase for the best in the business. The growing success of the awards is testament to the great cultural and economic contribution the industry has in the UK and to the takeaway industry as a whole. We are proud to once again be sponsoring the awards which will be bigger and better than ever before. Best of luck to all the nominees who share our passion for delivering quality food and an excellent service.”
Mike Theodoru, Sales Director of Big K, said: “Big K products have been supplying Kebab industry since its birth in the UK some 40 years ago. Much has changed in this time, however one thing that remains constant is Big K’s determination to supply the UK kebab market with the best quality charcoal, combine with a fast, efficient and reliable service. The British Kebab awards has quickly established itself to be the premier event in our industry and when we saw how well organised and respected the awards had become we wanted to get involved. Big K is proud to be associated with the British Kebab awards and we look forward to seeing it grow from strength to strength over the coming years.”
Dr Rami Ranger of Sun Mark / Bulldog Energy Drink commented: “Enterprise is critical to the future of this country and anyone who works to achieve success benefits us all. By celebrating success, we not only acknowledge those who go the extra mile but also inspire others to emulate them”.