AVRUPA TIMES (LONDON)-Thousands of kebab businesses across UK have been nominated by kebab eaters across the country ahead of the 4th British Kebab annual awards. The nominations have been made across 14 categories – including best kebab shops category, best delivery, best value restaurant – and people voted for their favourite business.
The awards ceremony hosting 1200 guests including parliamentarians, business people, and representatives of communities was held at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel. British Kebab Awards is organised by the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS).
CEFTUS Director İbrahim Dogus and Ali Gul Ozbek, Deputy Mayor of Haringey
Ibrahim Dogus, the founder of the British Kebab Awards, said:
"We are here tonight to celebrate a fantastic industry which rests on the shoulders of some amazing people – restaurateurs, chefs, managers, wholesalers, lawyers, accountants,
not to mention the men and women working long hours and late at night,
serving fresh, hot food to millions of customers in every community.
Most of the companies involved in the kebab trade are Small and Medium Enterprises – SMEs.
And as we all know – SMEs are the backbone of the British economy.
An estimated 1.3m kebabs sold by vendors every day in the UK.
It’s a major employer.
Over 20,000 kebab shops and restaurants all over the country, employing around 200,000 people.
There are more people in the UK making kebabs than making cars.
There are around 200 doner kebab manufacturers in the UK, with a turnover in excess of £750m.
And we are a major contributor, not just to the local community, but also to the national economy - over £2.2 billion contribution to the UK economy.
And it’s an industry which is growing year on year, getting stronger, contributing more to the economy.
It’s not just about jobs and investment.
Kebabs make a contribution to our shared culture."
Labor Party's Vegetarian Leader Jeremy Corbyn also attended the ceremony to support kebab industry because of its contributions to the British economy and employement.
Sadiq Khan, Labor Candidate for Mayor of London
Lord Karan Bilimoria, Chairman of Cobra Beer Partnership Limited and Gursel Aksu, Owner of Kervan Sofrasi Restaurants. Because of his contribution to the kebab industry, Gursel Aksu received Jury's special award.
Alton and Co Best Chef of the Year: Onder Sahan
Big K- Outstanding Contribution to the Kebab Industry: Ace 4 Kebabs, Total Shopfitting Solutions Ltd
Just Eat Best Delivery: Curipza Take Away
Bulldog Best Takeaway in London: The Best Turkish Kebab
Paragon Quality Foods - Best Kebab Restaurant Outside London: Mevan Restaurant, ikincilik ise The Turkish Meze Grill
Holland Bazaar - Best New Comer Restaurant: Mez-opotamia Restaurant
Best Takeaway Outside London: Food Stop Takeaway
Customer Satisfaction: Istanbul Finchley Restaurant
Best Value Restaurant: Şelale Restaurant, ikincilik ise Meze Mangal in Bushey Heath
Fine Dining: Sheesh Chigwell
Best Kebab Restaurant in North and West London: Durum Restaurant
Best Kebab Restaurant in South London: -Turkuaz Restaurant
- Cappadocia in Kingston
Best Kebab House in Northern Ireland: The Sphinx
Best Kebab Restaurant in Wales Pizza Choice
Best Kebab Restaurant in Scotland: Nawroz Restaurant
Best Young Chef of the Year: Ali Ekber Doymaz
Sevan Leisure Holdings Director Rez Halil and Altan Co Director Altan Kemal
Avrupa Newspaper Editor Vatan Oz, Print Gallery Director Cemil Gonul, Tarshish Restaurant Owners Can Topcu and Baran Yavuz
Holland Bazaar Director Ali Matur, United Paper Products Director Kemal Goldas, HP Edmonton Mot Centre Director Hasan Senpulut
United Paper Products Director Kemal Goldas, Kemal Has from Assosiation of Kurdish Employers in Europe, HP Edmonton Mot Centre Director Hasan Senpulut
Holland Bazaar Directors Ali Matur, Mert Ucar and Cem Matur, United Paper Products Director Kemal Goldas