Things are heating up as the quest to find Aberdeen’s best curry house begins.
Whether you get a kick from a korma or you’re mad for madras, now is the time to put forward your favourite restaurant or takeaway for Aberdeen’s Best Curry Awards.
Competition is expected to be fierce among the Indian, Thai, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Nepalese and Chinese eateries all invited to join in.
Organiser Sumon Hoque said: “It’s a bit of recognition for all their hard work.
“But it also puts chefs up against their colleagues in the industry. This year’s competition is going to be bigger and better than ever.”The contest began in 2013 and has grown to include even more categories.
A total of 15 gongs are up for grabs, including those for restaurants, takeaways and individual chefs. There’s even an award for your favourite supermarket curry.
All money raised from the event will go towards Foodbox, which provides free food to needy people in Aberdeen, and the British Asian Trust. And special celebrity guests are expected to be at the finals, exactly who remains a secret.
Welcome packs are now being sent out to all the premises which can qualify. But it’s up to eaters of the food they dish up to put the restaurants’ and takeaways’ names down for the awards, which are supported by the Evening Express.
Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam will be one of those making the tough decisions on the judging panel.
He launched the contest alongside Sameer Siddiqui, Maaruf Razzak and Kimberley Strachan of Foodbox.
He said: “This is a great event and an opportunity for any curry lovers to celebrate their favourite restaurants and takeaways.
“I’m looking forward to tasting some great food, but also looking forward to seeing which will be up as finalists.
“These restaurants and takeaways are the finest and can use these awards to help promote and celebrate great curries and places to eat them in the city.”
The awards are to take place on Tuesday, November 29. Nominations can be made at www.aberdeensbestcurry.co.uk