SYNONYMOUS with alcohol induced arguments and late-night homeward stumbles, the kebab is not usually associated with award-winning dining.
But by scooping an award in Customer Satisfaction in the British Kebab Awards on Monday night, local Kebab connoisseurs ‘Uni Kebab’ reveal how this street food is a cuisine not just late night sustenance.
The event came as a well needed respite for Members of Parliament amongst a hectic Brexit onslaught, hosted at the ballroom of the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge Hotel in front of more than 1,200 guests.
More than 110 MPs (including House of Lords members ) were in attendance.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party addressed the audience, introducing the 16 category celebration of the traditional Turkish takeaway dish.
Categories included Chef of the Year, Young Chef of the Year, Sustainability, Customer Satisfaction, Just Eat Best Delivery, Best Value, Fine Dining, Kebab Van of the Year, and eight regional awards for the best kebab restaurants across the UK.
Ibrahim Dogus the founder of the Centre for Turkey Studies and the British Kebab Awards told Solent Journalism: “They had done extremely well in getting public support and support from their councillors and were well ahead of their competitors in their category.”
The UK is home to over 20,000 Kebab shops currently, selling 1.3m kebabs per day, selling 2,500 tonnes of lamb and chicken doner every week.
The awards were a charity event, raising money exclusively for the bone and soft tissue cancer charity – Sarcoma UK.
Kebab shop owner Asiel spoke to Solent Journalism, who told us what sets them aside from the competition is: “We try and do our best to always make with fresh ingredients.”
They’ve received a multitude of awards in the past – this one is a true triumph for the business, as they gain National championing status of their industry.
Their food is affordable, delicious, served with perfection and comes with a complimentary Turkish tea. If you have ever eaten kebab and felt unsatisfied by its quality – you have probably been in the wrong kebab house.