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Curry Oscars – 10 years of award winning curry and best of 2014

Curry Oscars – 10 years of award winning curry and best of 2014
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A lavish and festive celebration honoured this year’s stars of the curry industry as the 10th British Curry Awards announced the winners of the UK’s finest restaurants in spectacular style.

Stars of stage and screen gathered at a twinkling winter wonderland at the annual event in the Battersea Evolution in London, to see the industry’s finest chefs rewarded for their hard work in continuing to innovate and perfect the nation’s favourite dish.

Home Secretary Theresa May said: “The British curry industry really is one of Britain’s greatest success stories.”

Home Secretary Theresa May was this year’s guest of honour and said: “It’s not hard to see why the Prime Minister and others have called these the ‘Curry Oscars’. The British curry industry really is one of Britain’s greatest success stories. Through hard work and innovation, you’ve built a vibrant industry, which generates wealth, promotes growth and employs tens of thousands of people.”

In a special video message played at the event, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “These awards are a great night for this country. Curry is one of our country’s greatest achievements and one of our most exciting exports too.”

Hosted by TV’s Kate Silverton and Hardeep Singh Kohli, the awards helped showcase Britain’s finest culinary talent.

This year, a phenomenal 206,378 public votes were received, with 2,641 restaurants being nominated. More than 1,600 guests packed into the lavish venue to celebrate the stars of the industry and crown this year’s champions.

British Curry Awards 2014 winners:

Best Spice Restaurant in London Central & City: The Cinnamon Club, Westminster

Best Spice Restaurant in London Outer & Suburbs: Shampan Welling, Kent

Best Spice Restaurant in South East: Maliks Restaurant, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Best Spice Restaurant in South West: Myristica, Bristol

Best Spice Restaurant in North East: Aagrah Midpoint, Thornbury, West Yorkshire

Best Spice Restaurant in North West: Blue Tiffin, Oldham

Best Spice Restaurant in Midlands: Mem Saab, Nottingham

Best Spice Restaurant in Wales: Rasoi Indian Kitchen, Swansea

Best Spice Restaurant in Scotland: Light of Bengal, Aberdeen

Best Casual Dining: Dishoom Covent Garden

Newcomer of the Year: Five Rivers A La Carte, Walsall

Best Delivery Restaurant/ Takeaway by Justeat.com: The Chilli Pickle, Brighton

This year’s Special Recognition Award was presented to one of the founding fathers of the British curry industry, Shams Uddin Khan of Maharani restaurant in Clapham.

The British Curry Awards was established by British entrepreneur and restaurateur Enam Ali MBE in 2005. He said, “These awards have changed the public’s perception of British curry and we are getting the recognition for providing truly world class cuisine.”

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