Kirkham’s Buraq Indian restaurant aims for ‘Curry Oscars’ gold

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One of Lancashire’s favorite curry houses has reached the final of prestigious national awards dubbed the ‘Curry Oscars’.

Indian restaurant Buraq, on Blackpool Road in Kirkham, was shortlisted for Best Restaurant in the North West at the coveted British Curry Awards.

They will join restaurateurs from across the UK who will descend on the capital in hopes of being recognized as the best restaurant in their region in a ceremony on Monday, November 29 at Battersea Evolution in London.

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In a statement on Facebook, Buraq said: “Proud to announce that we have reached the final of the British Curry Awards 2021!

“Our fingers crossed for the final on November 29th, but whatever happens we are so proud of the entire Buraq team and eternally grateful to our fantastic customers and friends.”

Now in their 17th year, the British Curry Awards, in association with Just Eat, will once again host prominent personalities from the worlds of politics, sport, showbiz and entertainment alongside celebrity chefs and restaurant owners from across the world. curry and their staff from across the country. .

Last year’s ceremony, which was broadcast live due to pandemic restrictions, was attended virtually by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Love Island candidates Amy Hart, Nas Majeed and Eva Zapico, the star of TOWIE, Jess Wright and model and TV personality, Caprice.

Following the public nominations, the restaurants went through a rigorous selection process by a panel of independent judges to qualify for the final.

The founder of the British Curry Awards, Enam Ali MBE, is the UK’s leading spokesperson for the curry industry and has promoted it around the world for 45 years.

He said: “It gives me great joy that after the challenges of the past 18 months my friends in the UK curry fraternity industry and public figures are meeting in person again at the home of the British Curry Awards – Battersea Evolution – to celebrate the country’s favorite curry houses while acknowledging the issues we as an industry and as a nation faced during the pandemic.

“As a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of the intergenerational migrant community that includes the UK curry industry, we are back ever more determined to serve curry lovers across the country, continuing to raise all challenges and ensure the continuity of the industry. to thrive again.

“At the same time, we will pay tribute to our colleagues in industry who we have sadly lost to Covid. Their presence is deeply missed.”

Andrew Kenny, UK Managing Director of Just Eat, said: “It is a great honor to once again sponsor the British Curry Awards.

“After an incredibly difficult 18 months, there has never been a better time to recognize the resilient and hardworking people of the restaurant and take-out industry.

“Despite the many obstacles encountered, from shortages in the supply chain to the difficulty of recruiting skilled workers, the restaurants lived up to the challenge and gave customers a taste of normalcy when they needed it most. .

“We want to make sure that take-out restaurants – especially in this sector which contributes so much to British culture – don’t just survive, but thrive, in today’s tough economic climate.”

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