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Excellence in the UK Curry industry honoured at 10th anniversary British Curry Awards
One of the UK's favourite cuisines was celebrated at the milestone, tenth-anniversary British Curry Awards, in association with Just Eat on Monday 1 December.
In a special video message played at the event, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I’m delighted to pay tribute to all that you’ve achieved. These awards are a great night for this country. When I think of what makes me proud to be British, I think of the way we have built a multi-racial democracy – a country that is a welcoming home for people of different histories and regions. The curry industry is a great example of the incredible contribution of different communities. It is a great example of our whole country coming together. You can see it from the ‘Balti Triangle’ in Birmingham’ to the Manchester’s ‘Curry Mile’ to London’s Brick Lane, recently crowned our Curry Capital. Curry is one of our country’s greatest achievements and one of our most exciting exports too.”
The nomination process invites members of the public to put forward their favourite Indian eatery for a deserving accolade. This year 206,378 public nominations were received, with 2641 restaurants being nominated.
British Curry Awards 2014 winners
- Best Spice Restaurant in London Central & City: The Cinnamon Club, Westminster
- Best Spice Restaurant in London Outer & Suburbs: Shampan Welling, Kent
- Best Spice Restaurant in South East: Maliks Restaurant, Maidenhead, Berkshire
- Best Spice Restaurant in South West: Myristica, Bristol
- Best Spice Restaurant in North East: Aagrah Midpoint, Thornbury, West Yorkshire
- Best Spice Restaurant in North West: Blue Tiffin, Oldham
- Best Spice Restaurant in Midlands: Mem Saab, Nottingham
- Best Spice Restaurant in Wales: Rasoi Indian Kitchen, Swansea
- Best Spice Restaurant in Scotland: Light of Bengal, Aberdeen
- Best Casual Dining: Dishoom Covent Garden
- Newcomer of the Year: Five Rivers A La Carte, Walsall
- Best Delivery Restaurant/ Takeaway by Justeat.com: The Chilli Pickle, Brighton
This year’s Special Recognition Award was presented to one of the UK’s founding curry restaurateurs, Shams Uddin Khan of Maharani restaurant, Clapham, London.
Speaking at the event, Rt Hon Teresa May MP, Home Secretary said: “I’m excited to be here at the tenth annual British Curry Awards. I was here when you first started the awards in 2005 and it is tremendous to see how big it has become over the years. We have top restaurateurs, talented chefs, journalists, broadcasters and many well-known faces here tonight. It’s not hard to see why the Prime Minister and others have called these the Oscars of the curry industry."
The British Curry Awards was established by British entrepreneur and restaurateur Enam Ali MBE who founded the event in 2005. He has been tirelessly promoting the British curry industry globally for the past 30 years. Speaking at the event he said: “We are taken much more seriously today, which has been our ambition in the curry industry. We have achieved so much of what we had set out to do. The curry industry has changed dramatically over the past ten years. Today, the growing professionalism of our industry has raised quality, ambition and best practice."
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