Mayor of London paying tribute to the industry at The Glittering Asian Curry Awards
More than 1200 VIP guests attended the Asian hospitality sector’s most prestigious event of the year, the Asian Curry Awards, also known as The ‘Curry Oscars’ and the awards sponsored by Just Eat. The ceremony took place at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London on the evening of Sunday 19th November. Organised by The Asian Catering Federation (ACF) and hosted by the BBC news anchor Samantha Simmonds, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan as Guest of Honour leading the plaudits.
In an inspiring speech London Mayor Sadiq Khan, spoke of the important contribution that the Asian catering industry has made to the economy and the cultural significance Asian cuisine has made to our lives for the better.
Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London, said: “Asian cuisine has a very special place in British society. I was delighted to be back to support The Asian Curry Awards and meet so many inspiring business owners and chefs who have shown incredible resilience and ingenuity in the face of many challenges, from the pandemic to the cost-of-living crisis. On behalf of Londoners, I want to commend all the restaurants, chefs and service staff that took part and congratulate the winners”.
Top national accolades went to Colonel Saab, Asian Restaurant of the Year, Barbur, Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year. Individual cuisine awards went to Issa Sushi (Japanese) Tien Thai, Bournemouth. (Thai), Kasa & Kin, Soho (Filipino), Ottoman Kitchen, Southampton (Middle Eastern), MyMakan, Norwich (Malaysian). Balo Brasserie, Brighton (Asian Oriental), Grand Sapphire Event Venue of the Year.
Whilst Namaste Highgate was awarded Newcomer of the Year, Michelin-starred Benares’s head chef Sameer Tanejar was presented with a Special Recognition award for his ‘outstanding contribution to the culinary arts’. Chef awards also went to Nanu Miah of iNaga in Bromley and Sahil Ahmad of Sahil Ahmad of Spice I am in Worthing.
Yawar Khan, chairman of the Asian Catering Federation which organises the event, acknowledged the economic, technological and social challenges faced by the sector, but was pleased to see some recovery across the hospitality industry, he says “These businesses don’t just feed us amazing food, they have become an integral part of our everyday lives and I’m committed to doing everything I can to ensure they continue to thrive, enrich our communities and support our economy”.
The Asian Curry Awards are the only national accolades open to the full range of diverse Asian cuisines.
The full list of local and regional winners is available at www.AsianCurryAwards.co.uk.