THE eagerly-awaited shortlist for this year’s Asian Curry Awardshas been announced. Top fine dining venues listed include: Benares, Darjeeling Express, Hakkasan, Indian Accent, Quilon, Veersawam and Zuma. These are the only awards which celebrate the full and rich diversity of all Asian’s cuisines.
The winners will be revealed at a glittering awards-ceremony, at Grosvenor House, in Mayfair on Sunday 17th November.
The full shortlist, which was determined by more than 100,000 votes from the curry loving public, can be seen at www.asiancurryawards.com/asian-curry-awards-2019-the-shortlist/
A team of judges led by Pat Chapman, the editor and founder of the Cobra Good Curry Guide is now touring the country visiting shortlisted restaurants.
Awards will be presented for:
- Best Asian Restaurant
- Healthy Eating Restaurant
- Asian Restaurant Chain
- Best Event Caterer
- Best Newcomer
- Fine Dining Restaurant
- Casual Dining Restaurant
- Best Buffet Restaurant
- Just Eat Best Takeaway/Delivery
- Maitre D’
- Asian Hospitality Entrepreneur
- Pan-Asian Restaurant
- Lifetime Achievement
- Best Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
- Best International Restaurant
There are also awards for individual Asian cuisines and regional winners.
The Asian Curry Awards are organised by the Asian Catering Federation, which represents the nation’s 30,000 Asian and Oriental restaurants and takeaways. These are the only awards open to all cuisines from the entire Asian Continent stretching from Istanbul to the Phillipines.
“The demand for delicious, spicy food has never been greater – but competition is fierce and the industry faces many challenges, not the least of which is the uncertainty surrounding restaurateurs’ ability recruit oversea worker post-Brexit,” said Asian Curry Awards chairman, Yawar Khan. “These awards are designed to encourage our young people to embark on a career into the restaurant industry and recognise the efforts, creativity and skill of the pioneers who our driving standards ever higher.”
Such is public interest in the recognition of the best restaurants, it is not unknown for winners to double weekly profits as new customers seek out the victors.