10:50, 19 APR 2021 UPDATED 11:28, 19 APR 2021
Quality kebabs served a Nottingham cafe and takeaway have made it through to the semi-finals of the British Kebab Awards after a record number of entries this year.
In what has been a challenging 12 months due to Covid-19, the news comes as a welcome boost to GB Cafe in Sneinton, which is up for the ‘best value restaurant’ crown.
Owner Haydar Sagir, known to his customers as Chris, said: “It’s excellent news. I’m very happy. It’s been a very difficult year.”
The cafe, which remains closed but is open for takeaways in Gedling Street, prides itself on affordable food. Traditional Turkish lamb and chicken shish kebabs, cooked on a skewer, cost £7.95.
Chris, who is up against 20 other restaurants around the country, puts his success down to “good cooking, good quality ingredients, presentation and the price.”
Also bidding for a place in the final is Jimbos. The business, which has takeaways in Lenton and Carlton, is in the category for ‘Just Eat best delivery’.
Co-owner Ashir Mehmood said: “The secret behind our kebabs is the method they are marinated, the temperature they are cooked and the love they are served with.
“We are absolutely delighted to once again be shortlisted for the British Kebab Awards and reach the semi-finals. I just want to thank our customers for voting for us and our team for working so hard to continue delivering a great Jimbos experience.”
Fans need to vote to get their favourite into the final which is set to take place at the Park Plaza in London on October 26.
The awards, run in association with Just Eat and supported by the Kebab Alliance, the sector’s trade body, are in their ninth year.
More than 1,200 guests, including cabinet ministers and shadow cabinet members, usually attend the VIP-studded ceremony. Judges this year will include Conservative minister Nadhim Zahawi and Labour MP Carolyn Harris.
Voting is now open to the public at britishkebabawards.co.uk