Public votes to determine Top 100 Curry Restaurants
The biggest event in the Asian culinary calendar, the Asian Curry Awards – dubbed the “Curry Oscars” has revealed this year’s shortlist.
The list of over 200 venues across the country will now be whittled down to the top hundred by online votes from members of the spice loving public, which will decide the eventual finalists, via www.asiancurryawards.com.
These will be then assessed by a panel of judges from the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), who will determine category winners.
Notable inclusions this year are renowned fine dining venues Amaya, Babur, Benares, Cinnamon Club, Colonel Saab, Dulwich Heritage, Four Seasons, Hakkasan, Indian Essence, Jamavar, Quilon, Royal China, in London; Saffron Summer and Tahli Ho in Surrey; Shampan @ the Spinning Wheel and Cook’s Tale in Kent, Navadhanya in Cambridge.
The full list of local establishments can be viewed online.
Judges from the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), which organises the event, are currently visiting the candidates to determine the overall category winners.
The victors will be revealed at a glittering gala dinner and presentation ceremony, hosted by BBC news anchor Samantha Simmonds, being held at the Grosvenor House in London on Sunday 19th November.
The Asian Curry Awards cover the complete range of Asian and Oriental cuisines: Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.
“We’re seeing some remarkable innovation by pioneering restaurateurs, adapting to challenging trading conditions and more sophisticated customer preferences,” said ACF Chairman Yawar Khan, who added, “Afternoon chai, weekend brunch, more use of quality local produce – especially seafood and game, are now being widely served.”
ACF events are sponsored by Just Eat and supported by Cobra Beer, tyl by NatWest and Work Cloud Permit.
The Asian Catering Federation (ACF), which represents the nation’s 30,000 Asian and Oriental restaurants organises the only awards open to all Asian cuisines: Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.
The Awards’ main sponsor is Just Eat, the market-leading online food ordering and delivery platform. The awards are also supported by Booker Wholesale.
The ACF strives to deliver real returns for its members within the Asian catering industry, helping them to find financial success, achieve excellence, and build customer loyalty. It aims to unite Asian caterers on one platform; campaign for greater recognition; achieve members’ common goals through partnerships with government and other organisations; provide help with training and create rewarding careers in Asian catering.
The sector employs over 100,000 people and contributes more than £7.5 billion to the UK economy.