‘Curry Oscars’ to take place in Battersea

16:30 23 November 2012

David Cameron and Trevor McDonald appeared at last year

David Cameron and Trevor McDonald appeared at last year's British Curry Awards

Archant

The classic curry has long been one of Britain’s favourite dishes.

London nominees for the British Curry Awards

Bombay Brasserie – Kensington

Combay Palace – Paddington

Chakra – Notting Hill

Cinnamon Soho – Regent Street

Durbar Tandoori Restaurant – Notting Hill

Gaylord – Oxford Street

Laksha Bay – Wapping

Mehek Restaurant & Bar – Moorgate

Moti Mahal – Covent Garden

Namaaste Kitchen – Camden

Salaam Namaste – Russell Square

Tamarind Restaurant – Mayfair

Indian Moment - Battersea

Indian Room - Balham

Wimbledon Tandoori - Wimbledon

So it is no surprise that the nation’s favourite cuisine is to be celebrated next week at the eighth British Curry Awards in Battersea.

Celebrities, politicians and top names from the culinary industry will attend what Prime Minister David Cameron has called ‘The Curry Oscars’ to celebrate the winners of such accolades as ‘Best Takeaway’ and the ‘Special Recognition Award,’ which has been awarded to TV chef Heston Blumenthal in the past.

The nominees were picked by the general public and the winners will be chosen by an expert panel.

Guests at the event, which takes place on Monday at Battersea Evolution, will be treated to a gala dinner featuring a gourmet Indian banquet.

"It’s fantastic! I am really pleased to be nominated. We’ve all worked really hard"

Andy Varma, Chakra, Notting Hill

David Cameron, who is a big fan of Indian cuisine, added: “The British Curry Awards is an uplifting and inspiring evening.”

One nominee Andy Varma, chef and co-owner of Chakra in Notting Hill, said he was thrilled to be recognised by the British Curry Awards.

He said: “It’s fantastic! I am really pleased to be nominated. We’ve all worked really hard.”

Mr Varma added that his restaurant, which has been nominated for ‘Best Newcomer,’ featured several styles of Indian cooking which had evolved over many years.

He said: “I have studied many schools of Indian cooking. I would recommend our signature dishes the black cod and for vegetarians, the black daal.”

Another nominee and 2006 winner Salim Rashid who owns Mehek in Wapping said: “I’m really excited. It’s always a good evening and nice to see everyone there and see who wins! Obviously the food is good too.”

“We are known for our lamb shank and also our spinach special,” Mr Rashid added.

The awards were set up by British entrepreneur Enam Ali MBE in 2005.

He said: “The British Curry Awards recognise and honour the integral contribution made by the UK’s Asian restaurants and takeaway outlets to the social and cultural fabric of the United Kingdom.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

#TheDress features in a poignant Salvation Army campaign against domestic violence.

Read more

IS are intent on destroying everything they consider to be idolatry.

Read more

The star’s boyfriend Jonathan Bricklin has said that their relationship “continues to evolve”.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Quizzes

Upton Park (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

West Ham is a unique football club and a day out at the Boleyn Ground can be an unforgettable experience.

Read more
Name the Charlton players from their Wikipedia careers!

Charlton are a club with a rich history and tradition, with academy prospects and club legends stealing the hearts of The Valley crowd.

Read more
Just some funky Instagram photos of London's best borough

Whether your heart belongs in Highbury, you adore Arsenal, or you flirt with Finsbury Park, we’ll test your Islington knowledge with this quiz.

Read more