Scotland's best kebabs are produced by a Glasgow restaurant, judges at the British Kebab Awards have declared, following a glittering ceremony in London. 

The kebab shop, which is located on Pitt Street and opened in 2007, beat stiff competition from nine other shortlisted businesses to claim the Best Kebab House in Scotland gong, bringing the prestigious award to the city for the first time.

At the ceremony in London, which was held on Sunday 26 February, Alla-Turca came out on top in a category that included Dino’s in Forfar, Marmaris in Perth, Tony’s Kebab Shop in Kirkcaldy, as well as Edinburgh restaurants Ali Baba, Hanedan Turkish RestaurantYeni RestaurantNawroz Restaurant, Best Kebab House and Samsun’s Speciality Kebab and Pizza, .

As part of a public vote, people were invited to nominate their favourite British kebab shops, these were then whittled down to a shortlist based on the number of public votes received, with bonus points for nominations from MPs.

The winners were crowned after a final round of judging by the British Kebab Awards judges who included Shadow Economic Secretary Jonathan Reynolds and fellow MP Nadhim Zahawi.

Other factors, such as the number of tweets of support under the #BritishKebabAwards, were also taken into account.

Established by the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in 2013, the awards are part of a programme to build bridges between Turkey and the UK, and between Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot communities.

They also recognise the contribution made by the kebab industry to the British economy – worth more than £2.8 billion a year, supporting around 200,000 jobs across restaurants, suppliers and the food industry.

This year’s awards also raised money for veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.

Over 1,200 guests including more than 50 MPs and Lords attended the ceremony in the ballroom of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, where they were treated to a cocktail reception, three-course Anatolian-style meal and Bira, the first beer in the world to be brewed especially for kebabs.

The MP for Glasgow East Natalie McGarry was also in attendance.

British Kebab Awards and Bira creator Ibrahim Dogus said: “Every year we see the competition get tougher so I congratulate every kebab business that won a British Kebab Award.

“MPs got behind their kebab shops and restaurants by the dozen with more than 40 nominating businesses in their constituencies and that’s great to see. I look forward to seeing what the contenders serve up in 2018.”

Graham Corfield, UK managing director of sponsor Just Eat, said:
“On behalf of Just Eat, I would like to congratulate all of the winners on receiving a British Kebab Award in 2017.

“It is a phenomenal achievement in what are well established and highly competitive fields.

“The kebab businesses that have succeeded this year serve as shining examples within their local communities and, at the same time, support the thriving UK kebab industry. The award for every winner is hugely deserved.”

 

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