British Takeaway Awards announces regional finalists for 2015

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The British Takeaway Awards, has announced the regional finalists for 2015. The finalists are from all over the UK – ranging from Aberdeen, to Londonderry, to Bangor, to Wimbledon and beyond.

The British Takeaway Awards has been set up to showcase culinary excellence in its many forms and inspire the imaginations of ambitious chefs nationwide. The awards celebrate the passion and commitment that takeaways, many of them independent, family run small businesses, bring to their work each and every day to provide quality cuisine to their local communities.

The awards, presented by TV power couple and takeaway enthusiasts Tess Daly and Vernon Kay, will take place on 9th November at The Savoy in London, where 250 of the most celebrated names in British takeaway food (voted for by consumers) will come together to applaud the success of Britain’s best-loved independent takeaway businesses.

Fifteen awards will be up for grabs; made up of 13 regional awards for the best loved takeaway restaurants locally, a special recognition award presented by JUST EAT, and the most coveted of the prizes: the best takeaway restaurant in Britain.

Each of the regional finalists will submit a finalist form to show why they are the best takeaway in Britain and will be mystery shopped. Once this has taken place, an expert panel of judges (listed below) will group together to review the finalists mystery shop score and submissions to identify the regional victors and overall winner. Judging will take place on Friday 23 October in London.

Graham Corfield, UK managing director of JUST EAT, said: “We’re very excited to celebrate the takeaway trailblazers who are dedicated to providing top quality meals for their customers, transforming their normal night in to a great one! Everyone’s been getting involved, as fans of British takeaways nationwide have been voting in their thousands at www.thebtas.co.uk to help the restaurants they love get the recognition they deserve.”

Kash Munir, owner of WIWO, Cardiff, “WIWO is an independent chain of pan Asian noodle bars – we currently have two branches in Cardiff and plan to open a third in Swansea this September. We allow customers to personalise their noodle box with fresh ingredients – they can literally choose everything from the type of noodle to the sauce – and we cook each order individually in around three minutes, creating a real feast for the senses. We aim to provide a modern, stylish experience and offer both sit-down and takeaway.

“One of the best things about going into this business has been the chance to work further with my brother; working with family is rewarding and, in my opinion, is ultimately good for business. I founded WIWO with my brother and a friend; it’s been great that we’ve had success together – many businesses are like families, and in this case, we’re both! While my brother and I both have a background in commercial and residential property, we both wanted to move into something more exciting and fulfilling, and saw that Cardiff needed a restaurant providing quick, fresh food catering for a variety of tastes, so decided to set up the business. I’m now very happy to say that we have a good customer base, including young professionals, students and families, all mainly from the heart of the local community in Cardiff.

“When we first opened, the focus was purely on the food and in store experience, and we didn’t really consider our delivery market; it wasn’t our priority at first. We then discovered how we could serve an even wider section of the local area through delivery. For this, we’ve partnered with JUST EAT, which has had a great impact on our sales, and allowed us to reach a lot more customers, especially regular customers who like to order on set days. It’s been great for our brand awareness, and customers seem to value having everything in one place – reviews, menus (including the noodle box personalisation experience) and payment. The customer reviews also help you track progress, enhance the business, and ensure quality. I would definitely recommend JUST EAT to other restaurants.”

The full list of finalists across the 13 regions is available here.