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Curry stars of England celebrate

Curry stars of England celebrate
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  • On 03, Sep 2015

The Curry Industry celebrated its culinary stars for 2015 at the fifth annual English Curry Awards at a ceremony in Manchester, home to the famous Curry Mile.

More than 350 curry heroes gathered at Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel on 31 August and went head-to-head to take home the prized industry accolades.

Entries for 45 categories came in from all over England with favourite chefs, restaurants and catering teams vying for a nod at the prestigious awards.

The black tie event was hosted by award winning comedian and actor, Mani Liaqat, and guests were treated to a special performance of a Bollywood ballet by Desi Nach.

As well as celebrating the curry industry, the event raised funds for the official charity partner the Amir Khan Foundation.

The curry sector continues to thrive, but is desperately in need of skilled chefs and workers. Every year the English Curry Awards mark the significant contribution the Curry Industry makes to the economy – over £3.5 billion – and its impact on the cultural landscape of Britain. The audience gathered represented those working in the sector who deserve recognition.

“To be amongst such passionate people who love what they do is truly inspiring. It was a fantastic evening and I would like to thank everyone for attending. Congratulations to all the winners and the finalists.” commented Yasmin Mahmood, Operations Director of event organisers Oceanic Consulting.

Guests enjoyed a towering banquet as the award winners were announced.

Media partners supporting the event included Probash Bangla, Oldham Voice and Spice City Journal (pictured).

AND THE WINNERS ARE… 

Curry Lover of the Year went to Vicki Wallace (Bradford Beating Diabetes)

Healthy Curry Provider went to Spicy Mint (Manchester)

Best Marketing Campaign went to Anoki (Derby)

Best Restaurant Design went to Tipu Sultan (Birmingham)

Maitre D’ of the Year went to Mahmudur Rahman (Delhi 6, Birmingham)

Caterer of the Year went to Greenleaf Catering and Events Management (Southall)

New Restaurant of the Year went to Shimla Spice (Burnley)

Best of Manchester went to Forts of India

Best of Birmingham also went to Tipu Sultan

Curry King 2015 went to Faisal Hussain (Shimla Spice)

Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jindy Khera (KTC Edibles)

 

(This category was split into three regions, with regional winners and one overall winner)

Chef of the Year overall went to Jamie Palmer (Indian Express, Preston).

North Winner: Jamie Palmer (Indian Express, Preston)

Midlands Winner: Shamin Shaikh (Mama’s Masala, Derby)

South Winner: Alun Sterring (The Chilli Pickle, Brighton)

                                                                                                                               

(The below category was split into nine regions, with regional winners and one overall winner)

Team /Service of the Year went to Jai Ho (Horley).

North East Winner: Jaipur Exclusive Indian Takeaway (Newcastle upon Tyne).

North West Winner: Indian Ocean (Ashton-under-Lyne).

Yorkshire Winner: Bombay Spice (York)

East Midlands Winner: The Curry Fever (Leicester)

West Midlands Winner: Pushkar Cocktail Bar & Dining (Birmingham)

East Winner: Pride of Sylhet (Essex)

South East Winner: Jai Ho (Horley)

South West Winner: Old India (Bristol)

London Winner: Rasoi by Vineet Bhatia (London)

 

(The below category was split into nine regions, with regional winners and one overall winner)

Takeaway of the Year overall went to Masalas (Leicester).

North East Winner: Jaipur Exclusive Indian Takeaway (Newcastle upon Tyne).

North West Winner: Indian Express (Preston)

Yorkshire Winner: Cafe Masala (Sheffield)

East Midlands Winner: Masalas (Leicester)

West Midlands Winner: Mango Tree (Nuneaton)

East Winner: Masterchef Indian Takeaway (Luton)

South East Winner: Masala Bay (Herne Bay)

South West Winner: Papa Raj (Plymouth)

London Winner: K2 Indian Takeaway (London)

 

(The below category was split into nine regions, with regional winners and one overall winner)

Restaurant of the Year overall went to Gurkha One (Nottingham)

North East Winner: Cinnamon Spice Club (Durham)

North West Winner: Aroma Asian Restaurant (Burnley)

Yorkshire Winner: Shimla Spice (Shipley)

East Midlands Winner: Gurkha One (Nottingham)

West Midlands Winner: The Pabna (Leek)

East Winner: Zara Indian Cuisine (Cambridge)

South East Winner: Jai Ho (Horley)

South West Winner: Rajpoot (Bath)

London Winner: Monkey Temple (London)

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