The first English Curry Awards announce their finalists

The first English Curry Awards announce their finalists

The finalists are now announced for the very first English Curry Awards. After weeks of nominations the nominees are in and the anticipation is rising to see who is crowned at the debut ceremony.

Manchester, home of the famous Curry Mile, will host the first ever English Curry Awards at the Sheridan Suite on the 25th of July 2011. Nominations have come in from all over England and the race to be crowned at this year’s debut awards ceremony guarantees to be an extremely tight contest.

Managing Director of Shane Lake said: “Thousands of nominations were received from all around England for the 2011 English Curry Awards. The flood of nominations from the public demonstrates that England is truly a nation of curry lovers. As Title sponsors of the awards, cannot wait to find out who are the nations curry champions; the competition is fierce and undoubtedly on the 25th of July the best of Asian cuisine and England’s renowned curry industry will be well represented.”

So while The Curry King or Queen of the Year Award and The Lifetime Achievement Award stay under wraps until the night itself, the shortlisted nominees for this year’s English Curry Awards 2011 are:

The Curry Lover of the Year finalists:
Curry Council
Mike Gatting
The Soldiers Charity

Best Supermarket Curry of the Year finalists:

Team of the Year finalists:
Cafe Lahore, Oldham
Nawaab, Manchester
Brilliant Restaurant, Southall
Maliks Tandoori Restaurant, Berkshire
Kayal Restaurant, Leicester

Chef of the Year finalists:
Gulshan Indian Restaurant, Liverpool
Benares Restaurant, London
Indian Superfood, Birmingham
Lasans Restaurant, Birmingham
Arzoo Restaurant, Midlands

Caterer of the Year Finalists:
Curry Special, Essex
Chak 89, London
Euro Caterers, Manchester
Sukhdevs Catering Services, Birmingham
Johal Catering, Birmingham

The Takeaway of the Year finalists (9 regions of England):

Take Away of the Year North East regional finalists:
Cafe Spice, Heaton, Newcastle-upon-tyne
Taj Mahal Indian Takeaway, Durham
Balti Hut, Middlesbrough

Take Away of the Year North West regional finalists:
Saajan Takeaway, Manchester
Spice King, Preston
Zaika Indian Takeaway, Liverpool

Take Away of the Year Yorkshire regional finalists:
Cafe Masala, Sheffield
Jaldi Jaldi, Leeds
Kushboo Spice, York

Take Away of the Year East Midlands regional finalists:
Spice Indian Takeaway, Nottingham
Out of India, Leicestershire
Punjabi Spice, Derby

Take Away of the Year West Midlands regional finalists:
Mahim Indian Takeaway, Shrewsbury
Maliks Indian Takeaway, Chester, Newcastle -under-lyme
Sugar + Spice, Solihull

Take Away of the Year East regional finalists:
Ashiana Tandoori Takeaway, Colchester
Moghul Tandoori, Cambridge
AFC, Luton

Take Away of the Year London regional finalists:
2 Sisters Tandoori, London
Tiffin Tin, West Hampstead
Bricklane Kitchen, London

Take Away of the Year South East regional finalists:
Tamarind, Maidenhead
Memories of India, Middlesex
Tehani, Southampton

Take Away of the Year South West regional finalists:
The Thali Café, Bristol
Master Chef, Bournemouth
Papa Raj, Plymouth

Restaurant of the Year regional finalists (9 regions of England):

Restaurant of the Year North East regional finalists:
The Magna Tandoori, Berwick-upon-tweed
The Rupali Restaurant, Newcastle
Cafe Spice Restaurant, Sunderland

Restaurant of the Year North West regional finalists:
Indian Ocean, Tameside
Blue Tiffin Restaurant, Oldham
Indigo, Romiley

Restaurant of the Year Yorkshire regional finalists:
Aagrah, Leeds
Akbar’s, Bradford
Mumtaz, Bradford

Restaurant of the Year East Midlands regional finalists:
Curry Lounge, Nottingham
Memsaab, Nottingham
Viceroy Indian Restaurant, Derby

Restaurant of the Year West Midlands regional finalists:
Lasan, Birmingham
Itihaas Indian Restaurant, Birmingham
Asha’s Restaurant, Birmingham

Restaurant of the Year East regional finalists:
Indian Ocean Restaurant, Luton
The Curry Queen Restaurant, Cambridge
The Banyan Tree, Peterborough

Restaurant of the Year London regional finalists:
The Cinnamon Club, Westminster
Bombay Brasserie, London
Tamarind Restaurant, London

Restaurant of the Year South East regional finalists:
4500 miles from Delhi, Oxford
Miah’s Garden on Gulab Restaurant, Redding
Lucky’s Indian Restaurant & Tapas Bar, New Bury

Restaurant of the Year South West regional finalists:
The Eastern Eye, Bath
Brunel Raj, Bristol
Jamuna Restaurant, Bath

Yasmin Mahmood, Event Organiser with Oceanic Consulting said: “The 2011 English Curry Awards have ignited the passion of curry connoisseurs across England; all our finalists have diligently served up the best curry England has to offer to the delight of the nations taste buds. Due to the overwhelming amount of nominations received for restaurants in the host city, we have created an additional category for the restaurants of Manchester, ‘The Best of Manchester’, to reflect the fantastic response from the city’s curry lovers. With hindsight, we should have seen the need for the extra category for a city’s whose ‘curry mile’ boasts over 65,000 diners every single week.”

The Best of Manchester finalists:
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill
East Z East
Mughli Restaurant + Charcoal Pit
Zaika Restaurant

The UK has an estimated 10,000 curry houses serving over 2.5 million customers every week; the UK curry industry is worth around £4 billion. British companies Harrogate Spring Water and Mongoose Premium Beer have been joined by Pepsi in aligning themselves with this buoyant industry pledging their commitment to refresh the taste buds of the nation

Matt Greenslade – UK Independent Wholesale Channel Manager, Britvic Soft Drinks said: “Pepsi is delighted to support the English Curry Awards. As a massive brand across India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, Pepsi has a very strong association with the Curry Industry, and also with the favourite sport of many of those people involved in the Curry Industry – International Cricket.

“At Pepsi, we believe that the highest standards of service and hospitality in restaurants should be encouraged, recognised and rewarded. Pepsi can support your restaurant to achieve these goals, to give your valued customers a better drink experience and to generate your business more profit in return.

“In challenging economic times for Asian Restaurants, Pepsi is excited about working with you to add real sustainable value through a program of competitive pricing, promotions, POS support and branded glassware.

“From all of us at Pepsi – we would like to wish Good Luck to all the participants who have entered this year’s awards, and look forward to working with you in the future to deliver better value for your money.”

The English Curry Awards 2011 are taking place at The Sheridan Suite, Manchester on July 25th, with the event raising money for the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and includes a delicious four course meal, live entertainment, fundraising activities, several guest presenters and guarantees to be a great evening out.

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