Competition to find best Indian restaurant in North-east

Syed Abdul Hamid, chairman of the Aberdeen Curry Awards.

Curry fans are being urged to tikka second to vote for their favourite Indian restaurant in the North-east.

The ballot is now open in 30 categories – including best restaurant and takeaway for the Aberdeen Best Curry Awards.

This year awards will be dished out in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands with a new special twist – the shortlisted contenders for the Chef of the Year award will take part in a cook-off for the first time.

It will be designed in the style of a traditional television-style event with all the chefs cooking at the same time, which is sure to turn up the heat on this year’s event.

The competition, supported by the Evening Express, is set to have some added spice as it enters its fifth year.

The categories include Best Restaurant in Aberdeen City and Shire, Best Newcomer and Best Takeaway.

With nominations closed, the public has until February 6 for their favourite eateries to make the category shortlist.

Chairman of this year’s awards, Syed Abdul Hamid – known as Raj – is no stranger to the awards, having taken home several accolades in previous years for his restaurant, India on the Green, in Ballater, including The Chef of the Year award last year.

He said that every restaurant will have a chance to impress.

Raj said: “At the moment it looks like we have the most amount of entries we have ever had since we started. I believe the restaurants really value the local awards as it shows an appreciation from the people that use them the most.

“Everyone who enters will have a chance. We are looking for consistency from entries.

“Our judges will be going in discreetly and once they have finished their meal they will let them know that they are a judge.

“This way every small and large premises will be able to compete with each other.”

The awards will take place at a glamorous ceremony on March 28 at the Hilton Treetops in Aberdeen with tables selling fast.

People can vote at