The 7th annual British Curry Awards were held last Monday evening (28th November) in a curry and entertainment loaded event at Evolution in Battersea, London.
Over 68,000 nominations were received for more than 2,700 curry UK restaurants this year.
Boris Johnson (the London Mayor) was among the audience that saw celebrity chef James Martin announcing the winners.
There was a heartfelt plea to reduce VAT on restaurant meals by 5% in order to help the restaurant industry which employs more than 100,000 workers and has a turnover of more than £3.5bn. The sceptical amongst us think that this was plea was a waste of time, but you cannot fault the curry industry for effort in trying to bolster the curry eating market.
The regional winners were:
|Scotland||Taj Tandoori, Prestwick|
|North East||Vujon, Newcastle|
|North West||Dower House, Doncaster|
|South West||Spice Lodge, Cheltenham|
|South East||Haweli, Twyford|
|Wales||Bokhara Brasserie, Bridgend|
|London Suburbs||Shampan 3, Welling|
|Central London||Tamarind, Mayfair|
In addition to the regional winners, the Culinary Chef of the Year award went to Khalid Sami Khan (of Lasan restaurant, Birmingham), the Best Newcomer Award went to Cinnamon Kitchen & Anise (London EC2), the Personality of the Year award went to Shelim Hussain MBE and the Special Recognition award went to Keka Ferdosi.
So once again the biggest annual curry awards have been made and now you know the best restaurant in your area. Why not try out your local restaurant to see why they won?