13/12/2010 – For Immediate Release
Spice Times Restaurant Awards 2010 Hailed as a Success
The Spice Times Restaurant Awards, a national public voting campaign ran by B2B magazine Spice Times, made their 12th December 2010 debut to universal praise.
The star packed event at the City Pavilion, Romford, was a complete success, and over 1000 guests and dignitaries attended the evening, including His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Sayeedur Rahman Khan; Bangladeshi high commissioner to the UK, Rt. Hon Rushanara Ali, Shadow Education Minister Sharon Hodgson and Deputy Mayor of Havering Cllr Melvin Wallace.
The highest accolade of the evening, the National Award, went to The Last Days of the Raj in Tyne and Wear.
The show featured breathtaking performances from the energetic and hilarious Signature, of Britain’s Got Talent fame, and the award winning Flex FX dance troupe. Superb singing was on offer from Ameen Raja, while the guests enjoyed the meal prepared by Pride of Asia catering. The hosts, Daybreak’s Tasmin Lucia Khan and Syed Ahmed of The Apprentice, bounced off of each other expertly, their banter maintaining a warm atmosphere throughout the evening.
Spice Times Chairman Moinul Hussain said: “It was a fantastic event and a great evening, the feedback that we’ve received from the public is superb. I’ve spoken to numerous restaurant owners and they are now referring to the Spice Times Restaurant Awards as the number one South Asian catering awards in the UK.”
Pepsi’s Senior UK Sales Director Matt Greenslade praised Mr Hussain for “delivering a great event,” and pledged Pepsi’s continuing support for the annual awards. Kingfisher CEO Damon Swarbrick called the event “a great success,” and was “amazed” by the turnout of dignitaries and restaurateurs. “I think we can all agree that it was a success,” stated Shelim Rashid of online restaurant directory Curries Online, “they will only get bigger and better from now on.”
The event was sponsored by Pepsi, J20, Kingfisher Beer, Allied Foods, Curries Online, FHS Global, Blue Keld, Veetee Rice and Rent Reform. Media partners included NDTV Imagine, B4U, NTV and Channel i.
National Winner: The Last Days Of The Raj (Gateshead, Tyne and Wear)
East England: Mumtaz Mahal (Benfleet, Essex)
South East: Curry Inn (Cranleigh, Surrey)
London: Kasturi (London)
South West: Signature Viceroy (Yeovil, Somerset)
East Midlands: Saffron (Northampton, Northamptonshire)
West Midlands: Cafe Saffron (Shrewsbury, Shropshire)
Yorkshire and the Humber: Shimla Spice (Shipley/Bradford, West Yorkshire)
North West: The Viceroy (Carlisle, Cumbria)
North East: The Last Days Of The Raj (Gateshead, Tyne and Wear)
Scotland: Itihaas Banglaseshi & Indian Restaurant (Edinburgh, Midlothian)
Wales: Tŷ Asha Balti House (Conwy, North Wales)
Best Takeaway in the South East: Balti Night (Braintree)
For a comprehensive list of winners and runners-up visit
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