two Gosport kebab houses are going head to head for a top gong at a national awards ceremony.
Britain’s ‘prima doners’ have been revealed as chefs prepare to be pitta-ed against each other to be crowned British Kebab Awards 2017 winners.
Yummies in Forton Road and King Kebab and Pizza in The Avenue have been shortlisted in the Just Eat Best Delivery category.
The awards feature 15 categories from Best Kebab Van to Best Newcomer and Best Fine Dining. Members of the public were invited to nominate their favourite kebab shops.
These have been whittled down to a shortlist based on the number of public votes received and hygiene scores, with bonus points for nominations from MPs.
The winners will be announced at the fifth annual awards ceremony in London on February 26.
The British Kebab Awards was established by the Centre for Turkey Studies and its founder Ibrahim Dogus in 2013.
More than 1,200 guests including more than 300 MPs, lords, baronesses and councillors and 800 businesses and community representatives will be at the ceremony.
Awards sponsors include headline sponsor Just Eat, the UK’s largest takeaway website, plus Galliard Homes, Cobra Beer, Big K, Alton & Co, Bira London, Harlequin and Crucials.
Mr Dogus, who as well as founding the awards also created Bira – the first beer in the world to be brewed especially for kebabs – said: ‘I’m so proud of the British Kebab Awards as it celebrates its fifth birthday this year.
‘It’s set to be bigger and better than ever.
‘Year on year we see fiercer contests between the best kebab chefs in the country, all battling to be crowned kebab kings.
‘There’s no shortage of people wanting to judge for themselves; Brits just can’t get enough of kebabs.’
The annual event is the only one to recognise the contribution made by the kebab industry to the British economy – worth more than £2.8bn a year, supporting around 200,000 jobs across restaurants, suppliers and the food industry.
Every day 1.3m kebabs are sold across Britain.
For more go to britishkebabawards.co.uk