Winners announced for British Curry Awards 2015

Enam Ali, founder of British Curry Awards on stage
04/12/2015 - 10:24
The cream of the UK curry industry was celebrated at the British Curry Awards 2015 earlier this week.

The awards, which took place on Monday 30th November at Battersea Evolution, were attended by a host of industry figures, MPs and celebrities, including GBBO runner-up Tamal Ray, MPs Nicky Morgan and Christ Grayling, TV presenter Stephen Mulhern and Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Reza Mahammad was awarded with the Special Recognition award, whilst Dabbawal Jesmond in Newcastle was named the Best Casual Dining Restaurant and Nottingham’s Calcutta Club was crowned Newcomer of the Year.

Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a speech via video message. He said: “200 years ago, the Hindustani Coffee House opened in Westminster, the first curry restaurant in Britain. 200 years later, it’s one of the nation’s favourite dishes and this country is home not to one curry restaurant but to ten thousand. Today, the industry generates £4.2bn for our economy. It employs 100,000 people and every single week we eat 2.5m curries.

“I want to thank everyone in this room for what you do. You represent the very best of British values of family, running your restaurants with parents, children and spouses. Enterprise, starting businesses from nothing, hard work, dedicating every hour of everyday to what you do. And above all patriotism, flying a flag for British food right around the world. So congratulations to the winners and to everyone involved in this great British industry.”

Enam Ali, founder of the British Curry Awards and editor of trade publication Spice Business, highlighted the struggle of the industry and pushed for a major review into current legislation that impacts the industry.

He said: “Staff shortages mean many of us are struggling to meet customer expectations, and it is almost impossible to expand as we would like to. I promised myself I wasn’t going to talk again about our industry-wide staffing problems, but as people are constantly contacting me about this issue I cannot let it pass. 

“I fully understand and sympathise because I am one of you. I have drafted a very constructive new visa scheme to help the industry survive in the current climate.   I believe my document will help to tighten migration to the benefit of the country while giving us access to the skilled curry chefs we need.”

Full list of winners of British Curry Awards 2015:

  • BEST CASUAL DINING: Dabbawal Jesmond, Newcastle
  • BEST NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Calcutta Club, Nottingham
  • BEST IN SCOTLAND: Karma Restaurant, Whitburn
  • BEST IN NORTH EAST: Aagrah, Leeds
  • BEST IN NORTH WEST: Viceroy, Carlisle
  • BEST IN MIDLANDS: Pushkar Restaurant, Birmingham
  • BEST IN WALES: Sheesh Mahal Restaurant, Llanelli
  • BEST IN SOUTH EAST: Shampan at the Spinning Wheel, Westerham, Kent
  • BEST IN SOUTH WEST: Spice Lodge Restaurant, Cheltenham
  • BEST IN LONDON SUBURBS: Green Spice Restaurant, Dartford

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