The ings and Queens of the kebab industry were crowned last night on the 1st of March at the tenth annual British Kebab Awards, celebrating their £2.8 billion contributions to the British economy.
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, the Business minister attended and addressed the event.
Amongst over 150 MPs and Lords, were
Carolyn Harris MP, Sharon Hodgson MP, Jonathan Reynolds MP, Alison Thewliss MP, David Warburton MP, Angus MacNeill MP, Florence Eshalomi MP, Feryal Clark MP, Toby Perkins MP, John Whittingdale MP, Bob Seely MP, Abena Oppong-Asare MP, Lloyd Russell Moyle MP, Barry Gardiner MP.
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 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 sponsor 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 hard-working 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. An industry worth £2.8 billion to the UK economy.
And most of all, celebrating the mighty kebab!
The kebab is a vital part of British cuisine.
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. They know that kebab businesses create jobs in catering, distribution, supply and business support.
Kebab businesses generate wealth and pay taxes. Kebab businesses are often a presence on the High Street, estates, or local shopping centres, where so many other businesses are closed or even boarded up.
As we recover from the pandemic and navigate life beyond Brexit, we need the kebab industry like never before.
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.’’
The British Kebab Awards is the only one of its kind to recognise the British kebab industry, which supports 200,000 jobs across restaurants, suppliers and the food industry. Every day, more than 1.5 kebabs are sold across Britain.
A full list of this year’s winners can be found
Photos can be found here
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