Nominations are invited for the sixth Asian curry awards…reports Asian Lite News
Nominations for the sixth Asian Curry Awards (ACA) are now open. This year sees the awards expanded to include Turkish and Middle Eastern restaurants and takeaways for the first time. New award categories for vegetarian, curry pub, buffet and event caterer have also been created.
The ACA organiser, the Asian Curry Federation (ACF), is to give away 500 tickets for the awards ceremony, being held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London’s Mayfair on Sunday 23rd October 2015.
A hundred of the tickets are being donated to new ACF members by the leading food delivery company JUST EAT.
“JUST EAT is proud to be supporting the Asian Catering Federation by offering 100 new ACF members with a ticket to the Asian Curry Awards, said JUST EAT UK MD Graham Corfield, who added, “These awards recognise the huge successes and contribution made by business owners in Britain across the whole of the curry industry and we are pleased to be able to offer 100 restaurateurs the opportunity to attend this glamorous event.”
To claim a free ticket worth £160, restaurateurs simply need to join, or renew their membership of the ACF, which costs only £95 a year.
The cost of the joining fee can also be recouped by opening an account with Booker or Makro. In addition to a enjoying a generous 2% cashback on non tobacco purchases, the £95 membership fee can be reclaimed once customers have spent £1,000 with Booker or Makro.
Curry lovers can nominate their favourite restaurants for The awards are open to Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Nepalese, Pakistani, Singaporean Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants and takeaways.
Last year’s top accolade went to Vivek Singh’s acclaimed Cinnamon Club, which was named Best South Asian Restaurant (Central London).
These are tough times for ethnic restaurateurs, facing increasing competition and severe chef shortages, with 600 curry restaurants having closed in the past 18 months, according to figures from Kingfisher Beer.
“To survive and thrive, restaurant owners must respond to customers’ changing customer tastes and chefs need to innovate and produce the exciting, healthy and authentic dishes today’s discerning diners demand,” said Yawar Khan, Chairman of the Asian Curry Awards.
Leading restaurants will be visited unannounced by a panel of judges led by Pat Chapman, editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide to ensure a truly representative customer dining experience.
Whilst the judging criteria are heavily weighted towards the quality of the food and cooking; additional points will be awarded for ambience, customer service, community involvement and hygiene.
The full list of national award categories is:
- Fine Dining Asian Restaurant of the Year
- Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year
- Asian Takeaway/Delivery of the Year
- Newcomer of the Year (restaurants established less than 3 years)
- Lifetime Achievement
- Buffet Restaurant of the Year
- Curry Pub of the Year
- Chef of the Year
- Vegetarian Restaurant of the Year
- Event Caterer of the Year
- International Asian Restaurant of the Year
There are also 10 regional awards for the Best South Asian restaurants in London, London suburbs, South East, South West, East, South Coast, North, Midlands, Wales and Scotland & Northern Ireland.
Nominations forms and details of the whole awards process may be downloaded from the ACA website www.asiancurryawards.com.