Doner count me out! Kidsgrove takeaway in running to win top prize at British Kebab Awards
A popular fast food restaurant is hoping to 'takeaway' the top prize in a national competition – for its delicious kebabs.
Kass Kebab House in Kidsgrove was put forward for the British Kebab Awards by Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth, who is a regular customer.
It has been shortlisted in the Best Takeaway Outside London category.
Now owner Ali Kahraman is preparing to travel to the capital later this month to find out whether his Market Street venue has been successful.
The 34-year-old, who took over Kass Kebab Housein 2010, said: "All my customers know me. They know that if anything happens with their order, or if something is wrong, then I will sort it out.
"If you make good food, offer service with a smile and sort out any problems you're onto a winner.
"It's down to the customers that I am successful and it makes me happy to know that they are happy."
The British Kebab Awards was established by the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and its founder Ibrahim Dogus in 2013.
More than 1,200 guests will attend ceremony in the ballroom of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on February 26.
Ali, who also owns Star Pizza and Kebab House, in Eccleshall, said: "I have lots of customers who come from Newcastle, Stoke and Hanley for their food because they love it so much. To be nominated for this award shows that we are doing something right. It's really exciting.
"I have built up this business over the last six years and I want to keep that going. One day I want to open another takeaway in Stoke-on-Trent."
Labour's Ms Smeeth admitted she loves nothing better than to tuck into a tasty kebab from Kass when returning to her constituency from Westminster.
She said: "These awards recognise the importance of local restaurants and takeaways to the economy, as well as celebrating some really good food.
"I'm delighted to have been able to nominated one of my local favourites, Kass Kebabs. Speaking from personal experience their food and service have always been excellent and I wish them the very best of luck in the competition."
The British Kebab Awards is the only one to recognise the contribution made by the kebab industry to the British economy – worth more than £2.8 billion a year, supporting around 200,000 jobs.
There are around 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK selling around 2,500 tonnes of lamb and chicken doner meat a week.
Awards creator Ibrahim Dogus said: "I'm so proud of the British Kebab Awards as it celebrates its fifth birthday this year. It's set to be bigger and better than ever.
"Year-on-year we see fiercer contests between the best kebab chefs in the country all battling to be crowned kebab kings and there's no shortage of people wanting to judge for themselves, Brits just can't get enough of kebabs."