ASIAN RESTAURANT AWARDS will return to Scotland on 7 December 2020, allowing the public until the 20 November to vote for their favourite restaurant online.
The winners will be announced at a virtual award ceremony broadcast live from the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh on NTV Europe (Sky 780) on Monday 7 December from 6-8pm.
This year, because of Covid-19 restrictions the judges won’t visit individual restaurants, so their winning decisions will rely entirely on customer nominations and any information supplied by the nominee.
Categories will cover a range of national cuisines, including Chinese, Bangladeshi, Indian, Thai and Middle Eastern, and also include the highly anticipated Chef of The Year, Best Newcomer and Local Hero awards.
The 2019 awards in Edinburgh were hosted by BBC TV news anchor Samantha Simmonds and over 70 Asian restaurants from across Scotland were shortlisted for an award. Winners in 2019 included Mother India’s Café in Edinburgh, Masala Ram’s in Falkirk and Panache in Elgin.
Andrew Kenny, Managing Director of Just Eat, said “Just Eat has worked closely with the Asian Catering Federation for a number of years. During an exceptionally challenging year, I’m delighted to celebrate our partnership by helping to recognise those who have worked tirelessly through the last 10 months and continue to do so.”
Pat Chapman, a judge at this year’s awards, said “Things have always been tough for the curry restaurant sector with immigration regulations and competition, and the virus has enforced closures (some permanent) and loss of income, so this year, more than ever, it is a pleasure to be involved in these uplifting ceremonies.”
Chairman of the Asian Restaurant Awards, Yawar Khan said :“During these difficult times, we need more support from the government, and the Asian Restaurant Awards 2020 are a wonderful way to give recognition to hardworking people in the Asian food industry.”