British Kebab Awards 2022
By Austen Dack
The Kings and Queens of the kebab industry were crowned recently at the tenth annual British Kebab Awards, celebrating their £2.8 billion contribution to the British economy. Once again, I attended representing the fish industry to take in the incredible atmosphere.
The British Kebab Awards, sponsored by Just Eat, were held in the ballroom at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, with an audience of over 1,200 guests including more than 150 MPs and Lords.
Guests were treated to a cocktail reception with a three-course Anatolian-style meal.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, speaker of the House of Commons, Nadhim Zahawi MP, Secretary of the State for Education, David Lammy MP, Shadow Foreign secretary, Lord Karan Bilimoria, President of CBI, Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality, Andrew Kenny, Managing Director of Just Eat, Paul Scully, Business minister attended and addressed the event.
I attended with NFFF President Andrew Crook. We were delighted to meet on the night Sir Lindsay Hoyle (the speaker) and Adil Ray OBE creator (and star) of the mightily funny Citizen Kahn, and presenter of GMTV & Lingo.
Winners took to the stage triumphing in 18 categories, including Chef of the Year, Kebab Van of the Year, Just Eat Best Delivery, and eight regional awards for recognising the best kebab restaurants across the UK.
Thousands of members of the public voted for the 180 finalists to face the judges who included the Labour MP Carolyn Harris; Conservative MP David Warburton; James O’brien of LBC, Adil Ray; and Cobra Beer Sales Director, Samson Sohail.
Andrew Kenny, Managing Director of Just Eat UK, headline sponsors of the awards said: “It’s been an honour for Just Eat to support the British Kebab Awards for the past decade; the event is always a highlight of our year. After an undeniably difficult period for the hospitality sector, there’s never been a better time to recognise the resilient and hardworking individuals across the kebab industry, who are making an invaluable contribution to both their local community and the UK economy. Huge congratulations to all the winners and finalists on their incredible achievement.”
Ibrahim Dogus, Lambeth-based restaurateur and founder of the Kebab Awards said:
‘’We had a fantastic array of nominees for the 10th British Kebab Awards from across the UK in all our categories. Our judges have had a really hard time choosing the very best of the best. The awards are for celebrating the chefs, the servers, the drivers, the entrepreneurs and all of the people in our fantastic industry. And most of all, celebrating the mighty kebab!
The awards receive fantastic support from the British public and Members of Parliament because they recognise the immense value of the kebab industry to our economy. It’s vital that Lawmakers and Government Ministers – listen to us and hear us when we say we need more support. We need the government to think again on the National Insurance rise, to look again at business rates and increase in VAT.’’
Best Kebab House in Northern Ireland The Sphinx Botanic – Belfast
Best Kebab House in Scotland Shawarma King – Glasgow
Best Kebab House in Wales Golden BBQ – Cardiff , Yiannos Fish Bar Mynydd Isa
Best Kebab Restaurant in North and West London Devran Kitchen – Haringey, Yaprak Restaurant – Ruislip
Best Kebab Restaurant in South and East London Yaz Restaurant – Highams Park
Duman Doner – North End Rd
Best Kebab Restaurant Regional Sark Restaurant –MALDON , Turknaz Restaurant – Whitley Bay Zeytin – Horsham
Best Newcomer Restaurant in London/Outside London Irmak Lounge – Dunstable
Best Takeaway in London – Kebab Kid –New King’s Road, Best Turkish Kebab – East Ham
Best Takeaway Regional The Fish Yard – Sevenoaks, Master Kebabs – Gillingham
Best Value Restaurant Uni Kebab – Southampton, Efes Restaurant – Whitechapel Rd, London
Customer Satisfaction – A La Turka – Ramsgate
Fine Dining Restaurant Istanblue – Royton, Skewd Kitchen – Cockfosters Parade
Kebab Van of the Year Atalay’s Kebab Van – Thame, Gourmet Kebab – Papworth Everard
Just Eat Best Delivery Wellingborough Kebab House – Northampton, Kent Kebab House – Ashford
Best Greek Restaurant Tony’s Pita –Finchley Road, London
Best Lebanese Restaurant Tarboush –Loughborough
Chef of the Year Tacim Yetis / Galata Mezze Restaurant – Sittingbourne, Fatma Gungor/ Fatma’s Kitchen – Haywards Heath
If you sell great kebabs then enter for 2023 awards here britishkebabawards.co.uk