"I congratulate every kebab business that won a British Kebab Award"
The humble kebab was the centre of attention on Sunday 26th February for the 5th British Kebab Awards 2017.
Welcoming popular takeaways and food sellers from all across the UK, many forgot about the glamorous Oscars and instead opted for a more appetising night celebrating the delectable doner kebab.
Hosts Chris Stark and Scott Mills, who luckily avoided any announcement mix-ups, bade bon appétit to 1,200 guests at London’s Westminster Park Plaza Hotel.
Aside from inviting us to indulge in these eastern delicacies, the Awards also recognised the massive contribution this niche industry has on the British economy every year.
With around 1.3 million kebabs sold each day, the industry is reportedly worth £2.8 billion.
Taking a meaty slice out of these profits were 17 kebab outlets who took home a well-deserved award. Winners ranged from ‘Best Kebab Van’ to ‘Best Fine Dining’ and included the likes of Leeds-based ‘I am Doner’, London’s ‘Tarshish’ and ‘Alla Turca’ in Glasgow.
Finalists were nominated by the public, who chose their favourite kebab shops in their local areas. This was then shortlisted with the winners picked by the British Kebab Awards judges, including Shadow Economic Secretary Jonathan Reynolds and fellow MP Nadhim Zahawi.
British Kebab Awards and Bira creator Ibrahim Dogus said: “Every year we see the competition get tougher so I congratulate every kebab business that won a British Kebab Award.
“MPs got behind their kebab shops and restaurants by the dozen with more than 40 nominating businesses in their constituencies and that’s great to see. I look forward to seeing what the contenders serve up in 2018.”
The British Kebab Awards 2017 was organised by the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and sponsored by Just Eat.
Graham Corfield, UK managing director of Just Eat said: “On behalf of Just Eat, I would like to congratulate all of the winners on receiving a British Kebab Award in 2017. It is a phenomenal achievement in what are well established and highly competitive fields.
“The kebab businesses that have succeeded this year serve as shining examples within their local communities and, at the same time, support the thriving UK kebab industry. The award for every winner is hugely deserved.”
Here is the full list of winners of the British Kebab Awards 2017:
Just Eat Best Delivery
I am Doner, 23 Otley Rd, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3AA
Highly Recommended: Irmak BBQ, 220 High Street, North Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 1AU
Galliard Homes Customer Satisfaction
Kosk, 269 Hertford Road, Edmonton, N9 7ES
Highly Recommended: Koz Mediterranean Restaurant, 87-89 High Street, Beckenham, BR3 1AG
Harlequin Best Newcomer Restaurant/ Takeaway in London
Tarshish, First Floor & Second Floor, 16-20 High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6BX
Highly Recommended: Bababoom, 30 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1EE
Crucials Best Newcomer Restaurant/ Takeaway outside London
Elder and Wolf, 171 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2DN
Best Kebab House in Northern Ireland
Sphinx Glengormley, 335 Antrim Rd, Glengormley, Newtownabbey, BT36 5DZ
Best Kebab House in Wales
Mezza Luna, 159 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3BQ
Best Kebab House in Scotland
Alla Turca, 192 Pitt Street, Glasgow, G2 4DY
Best Kebab House Regional
Meze Mangal Bushey Heath, 81 High Road Bushey, Watford, WD23 1EL
Highly Recommended: Akdeniz Turkish Restaurant, 50A Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex, SS0 7LX
Big K Best Takeaway Regional
Ellesmere Port Kebab House, 4 The Arcade Regent Street, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 8DX
Alton & Co Best Kebab Restaurant in North and West London
Gokyuzu, 26-27 Grand Parade Green Lanes, Haringey, London, N4 1LG
Highly Recommended: German Doner Kebab, 24 Broadway, West Ealing, London, W13 0SU
Best Kebab Restaurant in South and East London
Meze Bexleyheath, 269 Broadway, Bexleyheath, DA6 8DB
Highly Recommended: Efes Restaurant Brick Lane, 1 Whitechapel Rd, London, E1 6TY
Bira London Best Takeaway in London
Pizza King Kebab House, 109 Hertford Rd, Edmonton, London, N9 7EE
The Iskele, 179-181 Whitecross St, London, EC1Y 8QP
Highly Recommended: Grand Bazaar, 42 James St, Marylebone, London, W1U 1EX
Chef of the Year
Mazlum Demir (Skewd Kitchen), 12 Cockfosters Parade, Barnet, EN4 0BX
Cobra Beer Fine Dining Restaurant
Veyso’s, Hertford, 97 Fore Street Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1AS
Kebab Van of the Year
Atalay Kebab Van, North St, Oxfordshire, OX9 3HH
Prime Quality Foods, Unit 1, Centenary Estate, Centenary Road, Enfield, EN3 7UD
The British Kebab Awards 2017 was undeniably a fantastic event, celebrating the best of Britain’s favourite takeaways and fast food shops.
See more images from the British Kebab Awards 2017 here.
Congratulations to all the winners!