The British Curry Awards 2019

Monday 25th November
Battersea Evolution

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Leading Lights of the UK Curry Industry honoured at British Curry Awards

'The Curry Oscars'

The unsung heroes behind Britain’s favourite cuisine were honoured once again at the 14th Annual British Curry Awards on Monday 26th November 2017 at Battersea Evolution, London. The coveted award ceremony paid homage to their achievements as the curry industry faces serious challenge.Often referred to as the curry industry’s ‘Oscars’, British Curry Awards was attended by luminaries from the worlds of politics, sport, arts and entertainment, as well as leading celebrity chefs, restaurant owners and their staff from across the country. In attendance were Sir Vince Cable MP, Chris Grayling MP, Khalid Mahmood MP, David Seaman MBE, Frankie Seaman, Jimmy White, Jo Wood, Lizzie Cundy, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Riz Lateef, Rageh Omaar, Nina Myskow, Patti Boulaye and Stephen Komlosy among others.

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The 14th Annual British Curry Awards

The next British Curry Awards is taking place at the Battersea Evolution on the 25th November 2019

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Leading Lights of the UK Curry Industry honoured at British Curry Awards. The 15th annual British Curry Awards is due to take place on the 25th November 2019 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

Nominations Open
1st June 2019

Nominations for our 15th British Curry Awards 2019 - Be sure nominate your favourite local curry restaurant!

Nominations Close
31st August 2019

Nominations will be counted and reviewed.

Submission of Entry Pack
September 2019

Restaurants will be asked to submit their entry packs.

September 2019

Entries will be reviewed by our judging panel.

October 2019

We will issue the list of shortlisted restaurants for 2019

British Curry Awards
26th Novemeber 2019

The Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ


  • History

    When Enam Ali started these Awards back in 2005, he could never have dreamed that they would become the force they are today. He had high hopes of course. After all, his reason for establishing the Awards was to provide a fittingly glamorous national shop window for the new generation of restaurateurs who, by their investment, hard work and creativity, were already setting new quality standards that even the Michelin Guide inspectors could no longer ignore.

  • Concept

    The concept of the “British Curry” is now so well established that it is possible to forget the opposition encountered before the first awards in 2005. There were a lot of people who objected, believing that this was an ‘Indian’ or ‘Bangladeshi’ only product. Enam Ali had to spend a considerable sum of his own money to fight legal battles against those who objected and successfully won these cases, to the benefit of all today. Enam was ‘ahead of the game’ in realising that the new generation, while proud of their roots, were nonetheless very ‘British’ and had evolved their own particular brand of curry. He was determined to give the talented people who were busy creating a whole new dining experience for our British customers their own identity. Now, of course, British curry is known and respected not just on these shores but throughout the world. As Enam likes to say, curry may have been born in India, but it’s in Britain that it has grown and matured. The British Curry Awards are recognition of that.

  • Today

    It would have been unthinkable at one time that our industry would be capable of organising and supporting the biggest and most spectacular annual event in the British hospitality industry calendar, or that it would be graced regularly with the attendance of our most senior politicians, leading statesmen and a whole host of famous celebrities. Her Majesty the Queen has been gracious enough to send us a message for our souvenir programme in each of the eight years of the Awards and we have been able to welcome in person several prominent Cabinet Ministers. In 2009 we were joined by David Cameron, then Leader of the Opposition and now, of course, our Prime Minister who continues to be a great supporter. It was he who dubbed the Awards “Britain’s curry ‘Oscars’.” The fact that the leaders of our country, as well as dozens of stars of TV and radio, are willing to give up some of their precious time to join us for our big night of the year is a measure of just how far we and our industry have come in a relatively short space of time. Speaking at the first Awards evening back in 2005, Enam mentioned that many people had doubted that our industry could sustain such a large-scale, glamorous event. Eight years on, it’s safe to say they’ve been proved wrong!

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The Winners From the 2018 British Curry Awards

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    London City and Suburbs

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    North West

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    Inspirational Award

    Asha Bhosle
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    Casual Dining

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    South East

    Maliks Cookham
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    South West

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    Special Recognition Award

    Chef Rezaul Karim
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    Light of Bengal
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    Best Delivery

    Chilli Tuk Tuk
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    Dishoom - Edinburgh
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    North East


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British Curry Awards 2018

Monday 26th November

UK’s Finest Restaurants honoured at Pioneering and Foremost Celebration of the UK Hospitality Industry, 14th, annual British Curry Awards in association with Just Eat

Industry sector’s most coveted awards presented amid continued uncertainty Around Brexit and Future of the industry 

The UK’s leading curry restaurateurs once again descended on the Capital to attend the jewel in the crown of the UK hospitality sector’s annual honours at the 14th British Curry Awards in association with Just Eat on Monday 26th November at Battersea Evolution. The pioneering and foremost celebration of the nation’s favourite cuisine once again paid homage to the industry’s finest establishments, while the industry continues to face uncertainty about its future. Hosted by comedian and impersonator Jon Clegg, British Curry Awards, or the ‘Curry Oscars’ as fondly coined by David Cameron, welcomed a guest list of personalities from the worlds of politics, sport, television, showbiz and entertainment, as well as leading celebrity chefs, restaurant owners and their staff from across the country. In attendance were: comedian, actor, author and activist Russell Brand; MP’s Sir Nigel Farage Brandon Lewis and Baroness Verma; footballer David Seaman MBE and Frankie Poultney; comedian Hardeep Kohli; The Apprentice contestants Jasmine Kundra, Daniel Elahi and Kurran Pooni; TV personalities Kirsten O’Brien, Nina Myskow and Pat Sharp; singer Patti Boulaye; models India Harl and Ramzan Miah; and DJ Neev Spencer among others. As the foremost and pioneering celebration of the UK curry industry’s achievements, British Curry Awards has become a national institution in its own right and a key fixture on the hospitality industry’s calendar. A rigorous selection process to honour the nation’s top curry houses was led by the UK public, with the dedicated frequenters of curry houses on the streets of Britain invited to nominate their favourite Asian restaurants and takeaways. The process of public nominations created an authentic list of the nation’s most cherished Asian eateries, based on the opinions of local residents, with award winners announced on the night from category shortlists across each UK region.   


As well as recognising industry talent and quality, the British Curry Awards highlighted the continued challenges faced by the curry business. The Asian catering industry is valued at approximately £5 billion. Even so, over the years the industry has witnessed a steep downturn. This decline is largely attributed to the shortage of skilled workers in the hospitality sector, from a lack of talented chefs all the way through to front of house staff. This is due to the UK’s stringent immigration policy relating to skilled workers from outside the EU, coupled with a palpable sense of disinterest among younger people or job seekers with regard to the hospitality sector. The UK curry industry has been in crisis for years, with an average of one restaurant now closing down per day and a shortfall of approximately 30,000 skilled workers required to fill the immediate staffing gap. The situation has now made worse by the unknown implications that Brexit will have on access to skilled workers from outside the EU. One impact of Brexit has already been witnessed by way of rising costs of food produce and supplies due to the weakening pound. The industry is suffering the impact of a Brexit betrayal by pro Leave politicians, who promised restaurants higher inflows from South Asia with easier visa rules, allowing lower salary-thresholds to hire overseas staff and regularising undocumented workers. Instead, the immigration of skilled workers from outside the EU has become tighter, business has suffered and the workers from eastern Europe that the industry has come to rely on are leaving. Furthermore, current rules mandate paying salaries of £35,000 to offer a curry chef’s job to a skilled worker from South Asia, an amount out of reach for most of smaller restaurants, compared to a royal chef position that offers a salary of just over £21,000.   

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