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Search is on for nation’s best takeaway chef and delivery driver

Search is on for nation’s best takeaway chef and delivery driver

New awards have been created for the second year of the ceremony that celebrates the contribution of takeaways to communities and the UK economy.

The British Takeaway Awards (BTAs) are creating two new awards aimed at shining a light on some of the unsung heroes of the takeaway industry.

The BTAs - which are run in association with Just Eat (www.just-eat.co.uk) - have created awards for the Best Takeaway Chef and Best Takeaway Delivery Driver in Britain. Both will be presented at the British Takeaway Awards 2016, which will take place on 5 December at The Savoy in London.

Restaurant owners across Britain are being asked to nominate their catering and delivery staff. The winners will receive £1000, while the restaurant they work for will get free sign-up to Just Eat, or their Just Eat sign-up fee credited back.

Each award has different voting criteria. For delivery drivers, The BTAs want to hear about instances where a driver has gone above and beyond for customers.

For chefs it’s all about the food - the judges are looking to find out what their signature dish is and the skills, techniques and ingredients that make it so special. The judges also want to find out what positive impact the chef has had on the business.

From the chef entries, five people will be invited to London on 15 November to cook for a panel of industry expert judges. Each chef will be asked to prepare the takeaway dish that their customers love.  

Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director of Just Eat, said: “There is no doubt that some of the most important people in the British takeaway industry are the men and women who care for the takeaway meals we all enjoy. All across Britain there are takeaway chefs doing amazing things with food and drivers delivering fantastic customer service. We want restaurant owners to tell us what makes their staff so special.”

To nominate their chefs, restaurant owners need to visit www.thebtas.co.uk/chef. Chefs need to be available to travel to London on 15 November.  For delivery drivers it’s www.thebtas.co.uk/deliverydriver.

Nominations close on 9 November. All finalists will be invited to the British Takeaway Awards 2016 at The Savoy.

In addition to the Chef and Delivery Driver awards, there will 13 regional winners for Takeaway of the Year. One of the 13 will be extra lucky as they will win the coveted award for Best British Takeaway.

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