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Mr A. Haq, Chair of AFRA; Rumessah Maria; Magic Singh; and Mr Ali Allaudeen
Mr A. Haq, Chair of AFRA; Rumessah Maria; Magic Singh; and Mr Ali Allaudeen

AFRA winners take centre stage

AUGUST BEGAN with a colourful splash as top practitioners from across the food scene stepped forward to collect their first ever Asian Food and Restaurant (AFRA) awards during a glittering gala night at London’s Montcalm Hotel.

Guests enjoyed a performance from Karan Pangali (right).

Guests enjoyed a performance from Karan Pangali (right).

South Asians made a huge contribution to the UK food industry – and, therefore, not only to the feeding of the nation but also to our social lives. The delicious meals, snacks and treats which these experts churn out are there to be eaten and to entertain and delight us as we share food with friends and family and bring the community closer together.

AFRA has launched these awards to ensure that the South Asian contribution is recognised and applauded – both in terms of the end products but also in terms of the stories of what our practitioners have gone through to bring their food to the tables of the UK. Dedication and commitment from some very determined people have brought us the tasty treats we enjoy today.

Singer H Dhami also entertained the gala audience.

Singer H Dhami also entertained the gala audience.

The gala night was hosted by Pakistani actress Ayesha Sana and Sunrise Radio presenter Anushka Arora. Guests included Virendra Sharma MP, singer H. Dhami and international star magician Magic Singh.

Mr A Haq, Chair of the Asian Food and Restaurant Awards, said, “I would like to congratulate all the participants and stakeholders of the food industry for their huge contribute for setting legendary benchmarks, be they the waiters, the chefs or the owners.”

Now all we have to do is to wait for next year – and spend the next twelve months doing some serious research into the wonderful flavours that South Asia has brought to this little European island.

For more information about the AFRA awards, go to:
www.afrawards.com
or follow the Awards on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AFRAwards/

•Watch the Awards Gala Evening:
The Glittering Ceremony

 

Asian Food and Restaurant Awards Winners List

The panel of judges

The panel of judges

Best Organics Food Product Distributer
Tru Vibe by Anand Dani

Restaurant Of The Year North West
Royal Nawaab Manchester

Head Of Zee TV Mr Neeraj Dhingra presenting Restaurant Of The Year (Midlands) to the Tipu Sultan Team

Head Of Zee TV Mr Neeraj Dhingra presenting Restaurant Of The Year (Midlands) to the Tipu Sultan Team

Restaurant Of The Year (Midlands)
Tipu Sultan Birmingham

SSM Team presenting Award for Restaurant Of The Year (South West) to Mr Sujiht from Urban Tandoor, Bristol

SSM Team presenting Award for Restaurant Of The Year (South West) to Mr Sujiht from Urban Tandoor, Bristol

Restaurant of the Year South West 
Urban Tandoor – Bristol

Restaurant of the Year North & East London 
Tayyab’s Restaurant – London

Mr Frank Khalid from Chak 89 receiving Restaurant Of The Year (South West London) Award from the Head of Montcalm Hotels

Mr Frank Khalid from Chak 89 receiving Restaurant Of The Year (South West London) Award from the Head of Montcalm Hotels

Restaurant Of The Year South & West London 
Chak 89 by Frank Khalid

Mr. Ali Allaueed presenting Restaurant Newcomer Of The Year to the Chakara Restaurant Team

Mr. Ali Allaueed presenting Restaurant Newcomer Of The Year to the Chakara Restaurant Team

Restaurant Newcomer Of The Year London 
Chakra by Arjun Verma

Restaurant Newcomer Of The Year North West 
Ziya Restaurant Manchester

Shabir Hussain from Akbar’s receiving Restaurant Brand Of The Year Award from VIP Guests

Shabir Hussain from Akbar’s receiving Restaurant Brand Of The Year Award from VIP Guests

Restaurant of Brand Of The Year United Kingdom 
Akbar’s by Shabir Hussain

Mr Sanjay Anand (of Madhu’s Catering) with family, winner of Catering Of The Year 2017

Mr Sanjay Anand (of Madhu’s Catering) with family, winner of Catering Of The Year 2017

Catering Of The Year 
Madhu’s by Sanjay Anand MBE

afra Chef Of The Year

Dr Rami Ranger CBE presenting the Chef Of The Year awards to Mr Aurangzeb Alamgeer from Kabana, Huddersfield

Chef Of The Year 2017
Aurangzeb Alamgeer

Food Products & Supplier Of The Year 
Al Noor Foods

Dr Ghulam Murtaza presenting the Cash & Carry Of The Year Award to Elbrook Cash & Carry

Dr Ghulam Murtaza presenting the Cash & Carry Of The Year Award to Elbrook Cash & Carry

Cash & Carry Of The Year 
Elbrook Cash & Carry

Drink Brand Of The Year 
Bulldog Energy Drink by Dr. Rami Ranger CBE

Mr Mehboob Hussain receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Her Excellency High Commissioner of Sri Lanka & Virindra Sharma MP

Mr Mehboob Hussain receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Her Excellency High Commissioner of Sri Lanka & Virindra Sharma MP

Lifetime Achievement Award 
Mehboob Hussain

Food Products & Distributer of The Year 
Manchester Super Store

Mr Asim Yousaf & Mr Liaqat Ali MBE presenting Best Organic Food Award to Mr Anand Dani from Dani Organic Food

Mr Asim Yousaf & Mr Liaqat Ali MBE presenting Best Organic Food Award to Mr Anand Dani from Dani Organic Food

 

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