Aberdeen's Best Curry Awards 2013

Aberdeen's Best Curry Awards 2013

The Beach Ballroom event celebrated the culinary delights on offer across the north-east, with restaurants and takeaways from as far afield as Stonehaven and Fraserburgh among those making the shortlist.


The winners in the inaugural Aberdeen’s Best Curry (ABC) awards were crowned at a sell-out ceremony in the city on Sunday 13th October.


A five-strong judging panel began its task on September 1 and the results were announced during an entertaining awards night which coincided with national curry week. Run by the Aberdeen Lions Club and supported by Aberdeen City Council, the 2013 awards were open to all Indian, Thai, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Nepalese restaurants and takeaways in the city and Aberdeenshire.


The team at Aberdeen favourite Café Bombay walked away with the top prize, named overall best restaurant for the city and Aberdeenshire.  The coveted chef of the year title went to Shaik Habibul, of the Shri Bheema restaurant, after a spin-off competition hosted by the Aberdeen Cyrenians charity.


Other winners were: Best takeaway in Aberdeen city, Qismat; Best takeaway in Aberdeenshire,  Nu Spice (Ellon); Evening Express readers choice,  Jewel in the Crown;  Aberdeen Lions rising star award,  Anis Ahmed;  Best restaurant in Aberdeen city, Shri Bheema; Best restaurant in Aberdeenshire,  Nazma (Ellon).


Four charities benefited from the event; £6000 was raised for Curry for Change, an international charity designed to raise awareness and funds to tackle poverty in rural areas of Asia and Africa, £1500 was raised from Aberdeen's Best Curry Awards Chef of the Year competition for Aberdeen Cyrenians that helps the homeless, £1000 was raised for The Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust which supports local causes and £500 was raised for Islamic Relief, international disaster relief charity (chosen by Café Bombay, overall winning restaurant).


Sumon Hoque, President of Aberdeen Lions Club, said: “The ceremony was a huge success, with more than 340 people enjoying a great evening’s entertainment and joining together to celebrate with some very worthy winners.


“The feedback from the judging panel was that the standard across the board was very high, not just among the winners but among all of the shortlisted restaurants and takeaways. On behalf of the organising team, I cannot thank all of those businesses for taking part in the awards.


“Of course there’s a serious cause behind the fun of the awards and thousands of pounds have been raised for charity. That would not have been possible without the generosity of those who attended the ceremony and lent their support.”


 The 2013 Aberdeen's Best Curry Awards was a huge success.

Pictures from the Awards are uploaded on our Facebook Page

Notable guests at the 

2013 Aberdeen’s Best Curry Awards included

Nina Wadia, Actress

Dame Anne Begg, MP

Lewis Macdonald, MSP

Barney Crockett, Leader of Aberdeen City Council

George Adam, Lord Provost of Aberdeen

Bill Howatson, Lord Provost of Aberdeenshire

Liam Smyth, Deputy CEO of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Steve Harris, CEO of Visit Aberdeen