Nottingham kebab shop is up for a national award
The best in the country are being judged by MPs
A Nottingham kebab shop is hoping to be crowned the kofte king at a national awards ceremony celebrating the food that is more commonly associated with boozy revellers than high-profile prizes.
But then again most drunken kebabs don't look like this.
Rakki Rakkas which opened in Mansfield Road, Sherwood, seven months ago, is a finalist in the best newcomer category of the British Kebab Awards.
The restaurant is pitted (or should that be pitta’d?) against eight rivals in cities including London, Newcastle and Manchester.
The sixth year of the awards attracted a record number of 5,012 nominations from across the UK.
The shortlist was drawn up following a public vote and bonus points for nominations from MPs and councillors. Hygiene, online satisfaction ratings and the number of #BritishKebabAwards tweets of support that a contender got were also taken into account.
Rakki Rakkas serves doner kebabs, using lamb or chicken cooked on a vertical spit and meatball kofte kebabs.
Shish kebabs come with chunks of chicken, lamb, liver, kidney and fish plus veggie options of chargilled aubergine, peppers and mushrooms or halloumi.
Owner Ali Dolen said: "We are very proud of the restaurant and I would like to thank all the customers who took part in voting.
"Everything is fresh ingredients and cooked well. Our customers are always very happy."
The best newcomer category is one of 16 gongs up for grabs at the awards, which also honour the best kebab van and chef of the year.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on March 12 after judging by a prestigious panel including former Tory chairwoman Baroness Warsi, Children’s and Families’ Minister Nadhim Zahawi, Shadow Economic Secretary Jonathan Reynolds, Amjad Bashir MEP and Heart Radio presenter Lucy Horobin.
Entrepreneur Ibrahim Dogus, who founded the awards, said: “Kebab is fast becoming the nation’s favourite food so it is only right that the superheroes behind this phenomenon are recognised.