FIRST NI TAKEAWAY AWARDS TO RECOGNISE LOCAL FOOD HEROES

One of the first high street casualties of the pandemic lockdown was the restaurant and hospitality sector, as their doors were forced to close to diners for safety measures.

However, as a truly resilient industry, chefs and their teams quickly adapted to ensure Northern Ireland foodies didn’t miss their fix of gourmet meals, with many establishments now offering takeaway and cook-at-home options.

This has radically changed the image and status of takeaway food in the last year, elevating it well beyond its traditional limits of pizza and Asian-inspired dishes.

And that is what inspired Andrew Benson and his fiancé Aine O’Kane to create the first NI Takeaway Awards. They want to celebrate the food heroes behind the scenes who have battled against the odds to keep the sector alive in the most challenging circumstances. The grand finale took place on Monday night (21 June) at The Crowe Plaza Hotel in Belfast.

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“We have previously staged the highly successful NI Fish and Chip Shop Awards, but like everyone, we had to adapt to the new COVID-safe regulations. With everything going on at the minute and takeaways being on the front line, we felt this was the perfect platform and time for our excellent food vendors to shine and get the recognition they deserve.

“Our local takeaways are the heartbeat of our high streets. From incredible Indians to perfect pizzerias, every town has its food heroes. We are recognising the dedication of local takeaways across a multitude of cuisines and celebrating their contribution to our economy,” Andrew Benson, managing director of AB Events, said.

Event Sponsor Dusan Kavcak, Managing Director of DK Service Global, believes his company’s partnership with the NI Takeaway Awards underscores the food sector’s commitment to hygiene and safety.

DK Service Global was proud to sponsor this event, which was a great night and of course was the first ever awards ceremony since the pandemic. Our Omagh-based company has developed bespoke trademarked Protective Shield Technology to create safe and healthy environments for every facility, especially the food sector. We are working hard to help local businesses build confidence with their clients as consumers will recognise they have engaged the market-leading industry experts in the sanitisation field.

“These awards were an excellent opportunity to highlight all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to delivery brilliant food in a safe way,” he said.

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L to R… Frank Delargy, Dusan Kavcak, Sean Corry and Eoghan Hampsey

Other event sponsor partners include River FM, So Good Juice, 38 Expresso, EB Gas Services, BP Foods, iDesign, Duct Services, Butlers Event Hire, D Foods and One Delivery.

But the top-quality takeaway services now offered by local cafes and restaurants have provided more than just an economic boost. They have delivered a psychological lift to consumers in lockdown by keeping them connected to their favourite eateries.

“It provides an excellent platform to highlight the great work of local producers and makers.

For many people during the lockdown, the weekend takeaway food treat has provided a much-needed psychological boost and tangible link to normality. However, I predict when lockdown lifts, food lovers will continue to want quality takeaway service, and this could provide an important increased revenue stream for the sector.”

WINNERS:

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Indian Takeaway

Sponsored by One Delivery

Highly commended

Kinara Indian Cuisine

 

WINNER 

Asha Tandoori 

Bangor 

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Healthy Takeaway

Sponsored by So Good Juice

Highly commended

Bebe Adrianoes Mexicanos

WINNER

Taquitos 

Belfast

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Kebab Takeaway

Sponsored by EB Gas and DUCT Services

Highly Commended

Sunnys Ballymena

WINNER

Moghul 4 in 1 

Carrickfergus

 

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Cafe Takeaway

Sponsored by 38 Espresso

Highly Commended

Greenway 9 Lunch Bar

WINNER 

Saints N Sinners 

Donaghadee 

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Catering Food Trailer/Van Takeaway

Sponsored by Butlers Events

Highly commended

Ma’s Country Catering

WINNER

Halls Chip N Grill 

Carrowdore

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Catering Refreshments Trailer/Van Takeaway

Sponsored by Butlers Events

Highly Commended

Niky’s Ices

WINNER

Manders Catering 

Kells

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Dessert Takeaway

Sponsored by River FM

Highly commended

Manhatton Milkshakes

WINNER

Oggies Dessert Bar

Banbridge 

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Newcomer Takeaway

Sponsored by River Radio

Highly commended

Yur Coddin Me

WINNER

Catch 2o2 Fish and Chips

Belfast 

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Pizza Takeaway

Sponsored by Dk Global Services

Highly commended

Fairhill Pizza

Cookstown

 

WINNER

Taste Of New York Pizzeria 

Castlewellan

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Chip Shop Takeaway

Sponsored by D Foods

Highly commended

Flash in the Pan

 

WINNER

Frydays Chippy

Clady 

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Chinese Takeaway

Sponsored by BP Foods

Highly Commended

Jasmine Chinese Takeaway

 

WINNER 

Sinley Takeaway 

Cookstown 

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Overall Takeaway

Sponsored by Lick Gelato Ice Cream Solutions

WINNER 

SAINTS N SINNERS 

Donaghadee

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Manager  Takeaway

Sponsored by Belfast 24/7 Radio

Highly Comended

Carson Skelton

Dinky Donuts

 

WINNER 

Megan Hamilton from Greenway 9 Lunch Bar 

Donaghadee

The NI Takeaway Awards 2020-21 Best Menu  Takeaway

Sponsored by IDesign

Highly Commended 

Brennan’s Takeaway  

WINNER

Texas State Pizza

The NI Takeaway Awards Lifetime Achievement Award is

sponsored by

Dk Service Global LTD

Winner 

Jim and Margaret Okane 

The Jolly Fry’r 

Draperstown 

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