Meze Mangal, in High Road, in Bushey, wins Best Kebab House Outside London at the British Kebab Awards

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A kebab house has won Best Kebab House Outside London at the British Kebab Awards.

Meze Mangal, in High Road, in Bushey, was shortlisted for this award and competed for prizes in 15 categories from Best Kebab Van to Best Newcomer and Best Fine Dining ahead of the fifth annual awards on Sunday.

Members of the public nominated their favourite kebab shops which were whittled down based on the number of public votes received with bonus points for nominations from MPs.

Ismet Jurnaz, 42, one of the three owners of Meze Mangal, said: "This is the second time we have won an award. It was just great. We have only been open 14 months now.

"We hope to be at the awards ceremony every year and hopefully win every year as well."

The winners were crowned after a final round of judging by the British Kebab Awards judges including Shadow Economic Secretary Jonathan Reynolds and fellow MP Nadhim Zahawi. The number of #BritishKebabAwards tweets of support that a contender got was also taken into account.

British Kebab Awards and Bira creator Ibrahim Dogus 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.”

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, supporting around 200,000 jobs across restaurants, suppliers and the food industry. This year’s awards raised money for veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.

 

Published on Watford Observer by Steven Brown, 4th March 2017

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