263,000 nominations were received for the best British curry houses in 2013 and the awards were presented at a gala ceremony that was hosted by Chris Tarrant.
The awards ceremony was held at Battersea Evolution on 25th November.
The main speaker was Prime Minister David Cameron. As well as praising the British curry industry for its huge growth (10,000 curry houses employ 80,000 people) and ability to export curries to South Asia, David Cameron also promised help that would ensure that there were enough skilled Asian Chefs. This promise seems to contradict other government statements on the issue of importing curry chefs but the audience were smiling at the statement. Wonder if it will happen?
Anyway, the awards ceremony was accompanied with dancing and music as well as lots of great food.
This year’s award winners are as shown below.
|Best Restaurant – Scotland||Karma, Whitburn, Edinburgh|
|Best Restaurant – North West||The Viceroy, Carlisle|
|Best Restaurant – North East||Raval Restaurant, Gateshead|
|Best Restaurant – Midlands||Mem Saab, Nottingham|
|Best Restaurant – Wales||Bokhara Restaurant, Bridgend|
|Best Restaurant – South West||Myristica, Bristol|
|Best Restaurant – South East||Chez Mumtaj, St Albans, Herts|
|Best Restaurant – Central London and City||Benares Restaurant, Mayfair|
|Best Restaurant – London Suburbs||Indian Moment, Battersea|
|Best Newcomer Restaurant||Shampan 4 Restaurant, Westerham, Kent|
|Best Takeaway||Polash Tandoori, Staines, Middlesex|
|Special Recognition Achievement Award||Mohammed Aslam of the Aagrah Group|