Shish is it: Cambridge kebab vans fight it out for best van title
Diamond Kebabs - pictured from left Ginan Deger, Haydar Ince and Memet Ali (Photo: Keith Jones)
The British Kebab Awards are coming up soon, and two local vans are vying to be named the nation’s Prima Doners.
M&M Kebabs in Trumpington and Diamond Grill Kebabs in Histon have been shortlisted in the Kebab Van of the Year category.
They will join other kebab creators from around the UK competing for prizes in 14 other categories including Best Newcomer and Best Fine Dining.
The awards will be decided at a swanky event at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on February 26.
The shortlisted entries for the awards have been picked after nominations from the public.
A spokesman said: “These are the fifth annual awards, and are based on the number of public votes received.
“The winners will be 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 gets between now and the awards will be taken into account.”
The awards were established by the Centre for Turkey Studies – the country, not the kebab filling - and its founder Ibrahim Dogus in 2013.
More than 1,200 guests including MPs, councillors and business people will attend the glittering ceremony, where they will be served Bira, the first beer in the world to be brewed especially for kebabs.
Every day 1.3m kebabs are sold across Britain. The UK’s first kebab shop, Istanbul Restaurant in Soho, opened during the Second World War and there are pictures of it in the Imperial War Museum.
However it was not until 1966 that the famous doner kebab - cooked on a vertical spit - first appeared with the opening of the Hodja Nasreddin Kebab House by Çetin Bukey and Kojay Hüseyin in North London’s Newington Green.
There are now over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK selling around 2,500 tonnes of lamb and chicken doner a week.