Celebrated the best in the curry industry, the 9th English Curry Awards took place at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre Holiday Inn Hotel, which saw curry houses across England recognised for their graft, dedication and hospitality.

Honouring quality food and service across a variety of categories including ‘Chef of the Year’, ‘The Best of Birmingham’ and ‘Curry Entrepreneur of the Year’ the black tie event was hosted by DJ and radio presenter, Tommy Sandhu.

Broad Street based, Pushkar Cocktail Bar and Dining, was in attendance at the award ceremony where it was announced to their delight they had won The Best Of Birmingham category.

Rai Singh, Creative Director at Pushkar said: “I’m delighted to be crowned The Best in Birmingham.

“The category I thought would be the most difficult to win, and we did it! We’re approaching our 10-year anniversary later this year so what a great way to get the party started. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years.”

The night also saw the launch of 2020 English Curry Awards ‘Queens in Curry Kitchens’ campaign, held in association with Women in the Food Industry. The campaign encourages all curry houses across England to have at least one female member of staff by the 2020 awards.

The English Curry Awards 2019 are organised by Oceanic Consulting – the UK’s leading ethnic awards company. CEO Irfan Younis said: “Congratulations to all winners and finalists. The night produced some memorable moments and we’re delighted to have hosted such talented individuals.

We’re really excited about the ‘Queens in Curry Kitchens’ 2020 campaign as it’s about time more South-Asian women put their amazing cooking and management skills to good use. We’re excited to see how the campaign progresses over the year.”

With 13 years of experience, Oceanic Consulting host annual award ceremonies in major English, Scottish and Irish cities. Campaigns include the Curry Awards, Asian Business, Asian Food, British Muslim, British Indian and Britain’s Asian Wedding Awards.