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.
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.
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.
•Watch the Awards Gala Evening:
The Glittering Ceremony
Asian Food and Restaurant Awards Winners List
Best Organics Food Product Distributer
Tru Vibe by Anand Dani
Restaurant Of The Year North West
Royal Nawaab Manchester
Restaurant Of The Year (Midlands)
Tipu Sultan Birmingham
Restaurant of the Year South West
Urban Tandoor – Bristol
Restaurant of the Year North & East London
Tayyab’s Restaurant – London
Restaurant Of The Year South & West London
Chak 89 by Frank Khalid
Restaurant Newcomer Of The Year London
Chakra by Arjun Verma
Restaurant Newcomer Of The Year North West
Ziya Restaurant Manchester
Restaurant of Brand Of The Year United Kingdom
Akbar’s by Shabir Hussain
Catering Of The Year
Madhu’s by Sanjay Anand MBE
Chef Of The Year 2017
Food Products & Supplier Of The Year
Al Noor Foods
Cash & Carry Of The Year
Elbrook Cash & Carry
Drink Brand Of The Year
Bulldog Energy Drink by Dr. Rami Ranger CBE
Lifetime Achievement Award
Food Products & Distributer of The Year
Manchester Super Store