‘Oscars’ of the curry world planned for November

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Plans for the 2017 British Curry Awards are well underway, and it promises to be a glittering event.

The award ceremony, to be held at The Battersea Evolution, London on November 27, is considered the ‘Oscars’ of the curry sector. Each nomination is voted for by the public and categories include Best Takeaway Restaurant, Best Spice Restaurant and Newcomer of the year.

The British Curry Awards have gone from strength to strength since 2005 when founder Enam Ali first started the awards. Each year, the guest list boasts leading figures from the hospitality business as well as television, film and sport, and is well attended by business and political figures too. Her Majesty the Queen has sent a personal message for the souvenir programme every year, and in 2016 the Duchess of York was a guest.

Last year, Prime Minister Theresa May sent a video message saying:

“Today, curry is as close to this nation’s heart as fish and chips. Right now, there must be thousands of British families sitting down to a spicy meal at home and in local restaurants, and curry is as popular in Westminster as it is across the country.”

The winners will take away specially designed engraved awards. The golden statuettes depict a waiter holding a serving tray aloft, with the category and winner’s name engraved on the plinth.

There are a total of 13 categories, and with around 10,000 eateries in Britain, competition for first place is sure to be as hot as the curries themselves!

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