Contained within this release:
- Information about the awards
- List of all winners
- Information about the Donate A Doner Charity Campaign
- Celebrities and politicians in attendance on the evening
- Quotes of support from The Prime Minister et al
British Kebab Awards return for their eleventh year in excellent, energetic form to encourage UK to #DonateADoner
Last night (28th February) the British Kebab Awards, long-revered industry event for kebab restaurants across the country, and sleeper hit amongst Westminster regulars, roared into it’s eleventh year in the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster.
Spotted on the night were MPs Angela Rayner, Nadhim Zahawi, Paul Scully, Steve Baker, Sajid Javid, and a whole host of other journalists, parliamentarians and members of the kebab loving public.
As a nation we’re proud of our locals. Our local kebab takeaways and restaurants are the beating hearts of our high streets and now, more than ever, kebabs are becoming part of our daily lives. From once being seen as a humble late-night snack after a night out in town, they are now enjoying a glow-up and revolution as part of a sit-down meal with family and friends, as a quick healthy lunch or delicious takeaway on the way home from work. This year the Kebab Awards raised money for the Donate a Doner Campaign, providing relief after the tragic earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. [Further info below]
Photos from the event:
Videos from the event: https://www.youtube.com/@BritishKebabAwards/videos
The Winners of the British Kebab Awards 2023 are:
|Best Greek restaurant and/or takeaway
|Fig Tree Grill
|Best Kebab House in Northern Ireland
|Best Kebab House in Scotland
|Best Kebab House in Wales
|Best Kebab Restaurant in North and West London
|Divan Restaurant Ocakbasi
|Cobra Best Kebab Restaurant in South and East London
|Best Kebab Restaurant Regional
|Pasha Turkish Grill Restaurant (Milton Keynes)
|Jewish News Best Kosher Shawarma restaurant and/or takeaway
|Best Lebanese restaurant and/or takeaway
|Beit El Zaytoun
|Best Newcomer Restaurant in London/Outside London
|Cappadocia Restaurant – Epsom
|Kaya Meze bar
|Anar Turkish BBQ Restaurant
|Best Takeaway in London
|Best Takeaway Regional
|Irmak BBQ Dunstable
|Best Value Restaurant
|Alacati Grill – Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine
|EATPLANTED Best Vegan Kebab Restaurant or Takeaway
|Chef of the Year
|Fatma Gungor/ Fatma’s Kitchen
|Kemal Coskuncay/ Private delicacies ltd
|La’De Kitchen Pangbourne
|Toast Fine Dining Restaurant
|Dem Shish Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
|Just Eat Best Delivery
|Millennium Pizza and Kebab
|Kebab Van of the Year
|Supplier and Manufacturer Award
|AVANT Natural Mineral Water Navson Limited)
The awards, run in association with JUST EAT and supported by the Kebab Alliance, the sector’s trade body, are in their eleventh year and this year have attracted record breaking numbers of entries. They recognise and champion the efforts of local kebab takeaways and restaurants across the UK.
Other sponsors also include major players in the kebab industry such as Kraft Heinz, Cobra Beer, Eatplanted, Cobra Beer, Toast Inc, Kismet Kebabs, and Navson, to name a few.
Over 1,200 guests, including Cabinet ministers and Shadow Cabinet members, usually attend the VIP-studded ceremony. Judges of the illustrious Awards this year will include, LBC Broadcaster James O’Brien, Labour MP Carolyn Harris, Assistant General Secretary of Unite Steve Turner, SNP MP Angus Brendan MacNeil, Star of ‘Citizen Khan’ Adil Ray, and David Galman from Galliard Homes.
The Donate a Doner Campaign
Guests donated in droves to the newly-launched Donate a Doner Campaign, which is sponsored by the kebab awards. Donate A Doner is a fundraising campaign to encourage the British public to give that extra support by donating the cost of a doner kebab to the British Red Cross, via the Donate a Doner fundraiser.
We eat a staggering 1.3m doners a day in the UK, and the average price of one starts at £5. If we all bought an extra doner, we would raise over £45 million in a week!
Donate a Doner are working with CEFTUS (Centre for Turkey Studies) and the British Kebab Awards on the fundraiser. Via the British Kebab relationships, they are connected with 20,000 kebab shops in the UK who will be encouraging their customers to donate too from next late next week onwards, creating an on the ground and in real life mechanic to donations.
How to Donate
Four ways we would like people to get involved
1. Donate online via either at www.donateadoner.com or to The Sun appeal with the British Red Cross
2. Purchase a doner kebab from one of our kebab shops involved in the fundraiser and donate while you wait using the in-store QR code
3. Share on social media using @donateadoner and #donateadoner.
4. Spread the word!
Spotted that evening:
Angela Rayner MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality
Nadhim Zahawi MP
Chris Heaton Harris MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Lord Karan Bilimoria, Founder of Cobra Beer
JustEat Account Management Director Mark Finch
Ed Davey MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Paul Scully MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Tech and the Digital Economy of the United Kingdom
Gagan Mohindra MP, PPS to the Foreign Secretary
Brendan Clarke-Smith MP, Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office
Craig Williams MP, PPS to the Prime Minister
The Donate a Doner Campaign
With messages coming in from across the political spectrum, Kebab restaurants across the country were celebrated for the colour and energy they bring to local economies and culture.
Mark Finch, Director, UK Account Management, Just Eat, headline sponsors of the awards said: “It’s a real honour for Just Eat to once again support the British Kebab Awards. After an undeniably difficult time for the hospitality sector, there’s never been a better time to recognise and celebrate 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 achievements.”
Lord Karan Bilimoria, Chair of Cobra Beer, said the following:
“I congratulate all the nominees and winners of the Kebab Awards.
They are an inspiration to us all and particularly to the younger members of the kebab industry families, who I am sure will be inspired by these awards and will aspire to achieve themselves in the future.
On behalf of everyone here at Cobra, I would like to thank you all for your years of support. With many thanks and congratulations to Ibrahim Dogus and all the Kebab awards team.
The kebab industry is one which is close to our hearts, and I look forward to celebrating our future success, together.”
Eatplanted, Sponsors of the British Kebab Awards’ first ever Best Vegan Kebab Category, said:
“We’d like to congratulate all winners and nominees for this year’s British Kebab Awards. It’s been a wonderful opportunity for us to sponsor the first ever plant-based kebab category and we really enjoyed giving out samples to all the entrants.
With plant-based kebabs peaking in popularity, we’re hoping to become the brand of choice when it comes to plant-based kebabs and appeal to a wider flexitarian fan base. You may even see us soon in Beelzebab… watch this space!”
The Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, left the following message for the awards:
“I am delighted to extend my best wishes for the 11th British Kebab Awards, taking place on 28 February.
Hospitality in all its forms plays a critical role in supporting our economy as well as communities and high streets right across the UK. Kebabs are as much a part of our culture and heritage as fish and chips and curries, reflecting our broad diversity and our nation’s love of food.
I know it has been a very difficult few years, but I am confident that the sector can and will play a leading role in the UK’s recovery, and help us deliver the growth we want to see right across the country.
I hope that this year’s event provides an excellent opportunity to build on collective expertise and passion, and to honour those who continue to work hard within the food industry.
I would like to pay tribute to the excellent British Kebab Awards winners and nominees and wish them, and the entire industry, my warm congratulations and every success for 2023.”
The Leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, left the following message:
““Best of luck to everyone competing in this year’s Kebab Awards, it is one of the most celebrated, and popular events in the industry calendar!
Contributing over £2.8 billion annually to the British economy and supporting around 200,000 jobs within the restaurant, suppliers, and food industry in the UK, it is a truly British institution.
I know that those working in the service and catering industry are facing tough times particularly during this cost-of-living crisis. The increases to energy costs, rising food prices and staff shortages are testing your businesses’ resilience, and highlighting your ingenuity.
We’ve seen how 12 years of chronic low economic growth has left us exposed, meaning that businesses of all sizes are having to adapt, when you want to thrive.
My Labour Party is a pro-business and pro worker party. We have a plan to back British business and get our economy growing again. I know, that a stable and secure economy is built by championing the talent and efforts of millions of hard working people and thousands of businesses like yours.
A Labour Government will replace business rates with a system that is fairer and will cut business rates for small businesses. Our plans will save the average high street independent thousands of pounds.
During this time of economic uncertainty, I want to thank the tens of thousands of restaurateurs contributing greatly to their local community and the fabric of British society, providing a valued service to communities up and down the country.
I hope you have a fantastic evening and congratulations to the winners.
The Rt Hon Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, left the following message:
I’m delighted to be supporting the 2023 British Kebab Awards. I feel incredibly fortunate to have so many brilliant kebab shops in my constituency of Kingston and Surbiton where I can pick up one of my favourite doner kebabs.
Kebab shops and takeaways are a vibrant and long-standing feature of British culture – and I’m so pleased that these awards allow us to recognise excellence across the industry.
Small businesses like yours are a crucial part of us building both a growing economy and thriving communities. They create good jobs for local people and bustling town centres – and they deserve far more support.
I’d like to thank all of you celebrating this year for your hard work and dedication to providing great food to your customers – and congratulate you on all your successes.
Ibrahim Dogus, founder of the British Kebab Awards and Director of the recently formed Kebab Alliance, commented: “Kebab eateries are a key part of the local community and it’s great to see so many entries at the end of a year that has tested every business operating in the hospitality sector. Winning the Kebab Awards is a huge achievement given the competition across the country and all outlets should be rightly proud.
Further endorsements from high profile figures can be seen at https://britishkebabawards.co.uk/category/endorsements/