This week the purple carpet was rolled out at The Savoy in London for the most glamorous gala the takeaway industry has ever seen, the British Takeaway Awards. Hosted by actor and comedian Rob Brydon, awards were presented to 13 regional winners across the country as well as two new awards for the Best Takeaway Chef and Delivery Driver of the Year.

The star-studded event, which included appearances from Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace, TOWIE’s Ferne McCann, Jessica Wright and Lydia Bright, as well as S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens, saw Chicken George, a family-run fried chicken shop in Luton, take home the most coveted trophy in the takeaway industry – Best Takeaway in Britain and £6,000 prize money in total.

Owned by Su Cheah, Chicken George impressed the judges – who included TV chef Ainsley Harriott and businesswoman and star of Dragon’s Den, Sarah Willingham –  with their dedication to delivering fresh, exceptional food using local ingredients.

Chicken George are also a pillar within their local community. Supporting local sports teams, donating excess food to a homeless charity, and giving pensioners free chicken after their monthly bingo session is all in a day’s work for the hardworking staff. The judges also commended Chicken George’s investment into their business and in staff development, which saw 55% growth in 2016.

An incredible 110,000 customers voted in the BTAs and the finalists were judged on a mystery shopping experience, and provided a submission on why they deserved to win before the judging panel made their decisions.

A huge congratulations to all the Best Takeaway regional winners…

Chicken George, Luton – Best Takeaway in the East and Best Takeaway in Britain
The Cakeaway, South ShieldsBest Takeaway in the North East
Catch Seafood, HalifaxBest Takeaway in the Yorkshire & Humber
Poppy Hana, BermondseyBest Takeaway in the South London
EatFirst, AldgateBest Takeaway in the North London
Smokey’s American Grill, TrowbridgeBest Takeaway in the South West
Mushtaqs, HamiltonBest Takeaway in the Scotland
Mexigo, MaidstoneBest Takeaway in the South East
Nico’s Pizza Pasta, BelfastBest Takeaway in the Northern Ireland
Lime Pickle, SolihullBest Takeaway in the West Midlands
Wiwo Noodle Bar, CardiffBest Takeaway in the Wales
Brunch, PrescotBest Takeaway in the North West
Chris’s Fish and Chips, BarwellBest Takeaway in the East Midlands

And to the winners of this year’s new awards…

Dave Palmer, Cafe Pizzeria, Harlow – Best Takeaway Delivery Driver in Britain
Michael Springer, Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen, Purley – Best Takeaway Chef in Britain

Mike Springer, Takeaway Chef at Big Mike’s Calpyso Kitchen, said: “I am absolutely stoked to win – this award is for Croydon, south London, Barbados and the Caribbean! I want to say thank you to all of Big Mike’s staff, all of Big Mike’s customers and my mother who inspired many of the recipes. It’s so nice to be acknowledged. It helps ease all the hard work and recognition is a nice thing to go home with.“