A Parkgate restaurant has been shortlisted in the British Curry Awards 2015.
Britannia Spice, at 18-19 The Parade, is up with the best in the north west region at the awards, run in association with new online/mobile takeaway ordering and table reservations services firm Kukd.com.
Winners will be announced at the 11th annual award ceremony to celebrate the nation’s favourite dish on Monday, November 30 in London to a guest list of restaurateurs, foodies, celebrities, MPs and dignitaries.
The awards honour local restaurants and the unsung heroes behind the UK’s favourite dish as the industry faces continued closures.
A spokesperson said: “The curry industry has embedded itself in the social, cultural and culinary fabric of the UK with approximately 25 million curries being consumed each week by local diners across Great Britain.
“As a result, British Curry Awards has become a key fixture on the UK social calendar lauded as the first and landmark event to celebrate the industry’s achievements.”
Fondly termed the ‘Curry Oscars’ by Prime Minster David Cameron, the awards have set a precedent in the industry with curry restaurateurs across the UK aspiring to be acknowledged with winners achieving lifetime dreams.
The nomination process invites members of the public to nominate their favourite local curry restaurants for a deserving accolade, with a huge 218,000 public nominations pouring in by post, app and online this year.
A total of 2,459 restaurants have been nominated.
Organisers say the awards continues to honour the achievements of the nation’s most popular culinary genre and the local restaurants behind it in the face of increasing challenges.
Ninety per cent of the UK curry industry’s 12,000 restaurants are said to be affected by an ‘ongoing and crippling shortage of chefs’ which is seeing an average of two curry restaurant closures each week.
British Curry Awards founder and restaurateur Enam Ali says: “We urge the Government to help our industry and we strongly recommend that the immigration laws covering bringing in chefs from abroad be made, even on a temporary basis, more adequately flexible.
“One suggestion would be short-term visas, similar to Germany, the US and the Middle East, where they have to leave the country after their term. There would be no burden at all on the welfare system or the taxpayers.”
Acknowledging the crisis, Mr Cameron said at the 2013 awards: “There have been questions on immigration and getting chefs with the necessary experience. We will continue to help you get the skilled Asian chefs you need.”
Last year Home Secretary Teresa May said, “The British curry industry really is one of Britain’s greatest success stories. From that first curry house two hundred years ago has sprung a multi billion pound industry, which is modern, successful and thriving.
“Through hard work and innovation, you’ve built a vibrant industry, which generates wealth, promotes growth and employs tens of thousands of people.”
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