AVRUPA TURKISH TIMES/LONDON-Attended by hundreds of restaurant industry heavyweights as well as celebrities and political figures, the evening kicked off with a video message from Boris Johnson, and celebrated the UK’s top kebab eatery talent.The awards, run in association with JUST EAT and supported by the Kebab Alliance, the sector’s trade body, are in their ninth year and this year have attracted record breaking numbers of entries.
The following winners were presented with their awards by BBC Radio 1 DJ and presenter duo Scott Mills and Chris Stark:
Best Kebab House in Northern Ireland: Grab a Kebab
Best Kebab House in Scotland: Dante’s Fish Chips and Kebab
Best Kebab House in Wales: Wales Kebab
Best Kebab Restaurant in North & West London: Antalya Restaurant
Best Kebab Restaurant in South & East London: The Ottoman Doner, Duman Doner
Best Kebab Restaurant Regional: Zeytin Restaurant, Pasha Turkish Gill Restaurant, Batman Grill
Best Newcomer Restaurant in London/Outside London: Etci Kitchen in Brighton, Mehmet’s Kitchen, La’de Kitchen
Best Takeaway in London: Pizza King Kebab House, Kervan Saray
Best Takeaway Regional: Botan Kebab House, Master Kebab
Best Value Restaurant: EV Restaurant
Customer Satisfaction: Bursa Kebab, Alaturka Doner, Mount Nemrut Turkish Restaurant
Fine Dining Restaurant: The Mantl, Roza
Kebab Van of the Year: Diamond Kebab
Just Eat Best Delivery: Dilan Kebab, BBQ Grill Chatham
Best Greek Restaurant: Meze Greek Restaurant, Tonys Pita
Best Lebanese Restaurant: Cedrus Lebanese Cuisine
Supplier of the Year: Kismet Kebabs
Chef of the Year: Ali Akis, Yaz Restaurant
A raffle and silent auction took place on the night in aid of charity partner UK for UNHCR, raising a total money for The UN Refugee Agency’s UK arm. These funds will help deliver humanitarian relief to displaced families across the globe.
Ibrahim Dogus, founder of the British Kebab Awards and Director of the Kebab Alliance is thrilled with how the evening went, ‘Following a very difficult 18 months for all those in the hospitality sector, it gave me great joy to see a full house of friends new and old, celebrating each other’s hard work and successes. I would like to congratulate all the winners as well as all those that made it onto the shortlist. This year we were inundated with entries and the standard was unbelievable across the board. Thank you to everyone involved.’
Richard Jones, Director for McCain Foodservice said ‘We are delighted to be part of the 2021 British Kebab Awards. It’s a great honour to sponsor these iconic awards and help to shine a spotlight on the thousands of independent restaurants that are making an invaluable contribution to the UK economy.’
Andrew Kenny, the UK Managing Director of Just Eat, added, ‘The British Kebab Awards are one of the biggest nights of the industry and an event that Just Eat has proudly supported for nine years. The thousands of small and often family run businesses that make up the kebab sector make an invaluable contribution to both their local community and the UK economy. It's fantastic to see their achievements celebrated on a national stage’
For further information about the British Kebab Awards, please visit: https://britishkebabawards.co.uk
Full addresses for winners (and finalists) are available at: https://britishkebabawards.co.uk/british-kebab-awards-2021-finalists/
There are currently around 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK, supporting around 200,000 jobs. The kebab industry is one of the most inclusive food sectors in the UK, with many employees of Kurdish, Turkish, Greek, Lebanese, Armenian and other backgrounds.
The kebab industry normally brings in more than £2.8 billion a year to the British economy, with more than 1.5m kebabs sold across Britain every day.
There are also approximately 200 doner kebab manufacturers in the UK, with an annual turnover in excess of £750m.