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British Kebab Awards 2019 winners announced at glitzy Westminster ceremony

19 March 2019 by
British Kebab Awards 2019 winners announced at glitzy Westminster ceremony

The best of the nation's kebab houses and restaurants were celebrated last night at the glitzy British Kebab Awards in Westminster.

Compered by BBC Radio 1's Scott Mills, the 7th annual event at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza hotel saw Cockfosters site Skewd Kitchen win the fine-dining restaurant award, while Ahmet Kabayel of Bishop Stortford's Pircio won chef of the year.

Other awards were handed out for sustainability, which went to I Am Doner, Leeds; and best newcomer, which was handed to Doner & Gyros in Aylesbury.

The event, which has become a prominent social event for politicians from all major parties, included a speech from Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn who thanked the kebab history and hospitality in general for "bringing diversity to our foods and diversity to our diets".

He added: "Our whole way of life and our whole way of eating has completely changed. Thank you to all those people who have come to this country and made their food our food as well."

In a written statement for the awards, Prime Minister Theresa May said that "High streets across the UK benefit from having a successful kebab restaurant on them. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of their staff and owners, many of whom have built up their businesses from scratch."

THIS YEAR'S WINNERS:

Best Kebab House in Northern Ireland: Chaska Enniskillen, Enniskillen
Best Kebab House in Scotland: Ada Restaurant, Edinburgh
(Highly Recommended: Verdo BBQ Restaurant, Edinburgh) Best Kebab House in Wales: Golden BBQ, Cardiff & Wales Kebab, Caerphilly
Best Kebab Restaurant in North and West London: Testi Restaurant, London N16
Best Kebab Restaurant in South and East London: Lara Grill, London RM8
Best Kebab Restaurant Regional: Alim-Et Restaurant, Aylesford
(Highly Recommended: Turknaz Restaurant, Whitley Bay) Best Newcomer Restaurant: Doner & Gyros, Aylesbury
(Highly Recommended, Usta, London & Antep Kitchen, Oxford) Best Takeaway in London: Archway Kebab, London N19
Best Takeaway Regional: Master Kebabs, Gillingham
(Highly Recommended: Knaphill Charcoal Grill, Woking) Best Value Restaurant: Veyso's, Romford
(Highly Recommended: Ruyam, London E1) Chef of the Year: Ahmet Kabayel, Pircio
Young Chef of the Year: Bekzod Khamrakulov, Hazev
Customer Satisfaction: Uni Kebab, Southampton
Fine Dining Restaurant: Skewd Kitchen, London EN4
Kebab Van of the Year: Ahmed's Bar B-Q, Oxford
Just Eat Best Delivery: Batman Grill, Saint Leonards-on-sea
(Highly Recommended: Wallington Express, Wallington) Sustainability Award: I Am Doner, Leeds

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