Over 60,000 nominations have been received from avid food-lovers and seasoned gastronomes across Ireland, for the inaugural Irish Curry Awards. Entries from each province – Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connacht – have been collated and, with bated breath, the hotly anticipated shortlists have been announced with 33 eateries in Ulster shortlisted.
The general public is now being called on to cast votes for their favourite shortlisted eateries which will be combined with the judges’ outcomes, following their visits, to rank each eatery based on pubic preference as well as food and service quality.
One winner, per region, will be chosen for each of the six categories: Best Chef, Best Young Chef, Best Newcomer, Best Front of House, Best Takeaway, and the highest honour of the awards ceremony, Best Restaurant.
The awards, supported by Cobra Beer, Yelp!, Food NI,Tanqueray and Bollywood Jalwa Production, are intended to bring long overdue recognition to the contribution made to Ireland’s food scene by hundreds of Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and other Asian chefs, restaurant workers and managers.
Commenting on the shortlists, Ali Askir, the architect of the awards and owner of celebrated Indian restaurant SAFA in Belfast, says:
“We received an unprecedented number of nominations throughout the length and breadth of Ireland – solidifying the fact that recognising the contribution of this sector was long overdue. With so many revered establishments in contention the judging process will be challenging. It is gearing up to be a fantastic first year and we can’t wait to crown the best on the night.”
An awards ceremony will be held in the Ramada Plaza Belfast on October 25th where the winners of each province will be announced. All proceeds are in aid of Children’s Heartbeat Trust, the official charity partner of the awards.
For more information and to cast your vote, visit www.irishcurryawards.com