Northern Ireland kebab shops in running for top UK award
Ten kebab shops are in the running to be named the best there is in Northern Ireland - with one hoping to spice things up with a UK-wide title.
The British Kebab Awards announced the shortlist for its 2017 awards on Friday.
And the Turkish Kebab and Grill House on the Strand Road in Londonderry has been nominated in the best newcomer restaurant/takeaway category for outside London.
The awards - now in their fifth year - will be dished up at the end of the month with the nominations decided by a public vote.
Judges will also be tasked with the crowing the best kebab house for all of Northern Ireland.
Shortlisted in that category are:
- Guccii Chip, Lisburn Road, Belfast
- The Sphinx, Stranmillis Road Belfast
- The Sphinx, Antrim, Glengormley
- Turkish Kebab and Grill House, Strand Road, Derry
- Kebab House, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast
- Pasha - Turkish Kebab and Pizza Shop, 26 Castle Street, Lisburn
- The Pharaoh, Elesington Court, Castlereagh, Belfast
- Istanbul Kebab and Pizza, Woodstock Road, Belfast
- King Kebab, Bridge Street, Portadown
- Istanbul Kebab, Orpen Shopping Centre, Upper Lisburn Road, Belfast.
Members of the public were invited to nominate their favourite kebab shops. These have been whittled down to a shortlist based on the number of public votes received, hygiene scores with bonus points for nominations from MPs.
The British Kebab Awards was established by the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and its founder Ibrahim Dogus in 2013. The winners will be crowned on February 26.
Ibrahim Dogus of the British Kebab Awards said: “I’m so proud of the British Kebab Awards as it celebrates its fifth birthday this year. It’s set to be bigger and better than ever.
“Year on year we see fiercer contests between the best kebab chefs in the country all battling to be crowned kebab kings and there’s no shortage of people wanting to judge for themselves, Brits just can’t get enough of kebabs.”
The annual event is the only one to recognise the contribution made by the kebab industry to the British economy - worth more than £2.8billion a year, supporting around 200,000 jobs across restaurants, suppliers and the food industry.
There are now over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK selling around 2,500 tonnes of lamb and chicken doner a week. There are also around 200 doner kebab manufacturers in the UK, with a turnover in excess of £750m.
It's thought 1.3million kebabs are consumed each and every day across the UK.
Graham Corfield, UK managing director of Just Eat, added: “The UK kebab industry continues to go from strength to strength and is testament to the ever-growing demand for quality, global cuisine.
"The caliber of kebab restaurants catering to discerning British customers across the nation makes the achievement of those shortlisted for this year's British Kebab Awards even more remarkable. On behalf of Just Eat, I would like to congratulate all those who are recognised for the wonderful contribution they make to their local communities, to the British Kebab industry and to the UK economy.”