Maria Caulfield MP congratulates Bursa Kebab on making British Kebab Awards semi-finals

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield has congratulated Bursa Kebab on being long listed for a prestigious British Kebab Award.

Bursa Kebab in Newhaven has been long listed for the British Kebab Award for the Customer Satisfaction category. Bursa Kebab was announced as the semi-finalist and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London.

Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed the news as showcasing local success in the kebab industry.

Gongs will be presented for a total of 17 categories at the ninth annual British Kebab Awards, following a competitive nomination process.

A panel of judges including MPs Nadhim Zahawi, Carolyn Harris, David Warburton, Angus Mcneil as well as James O’Brien of LBC will help to decide the winners of each category – although anyone could vote for their favourite kebab outlet from a shortlist for each category.

The Awards have become a fixture in the annual food awards calendar, and celebrate the growing contribution of the kebab industry to the UK.

The British kebab industry contributes over £2.8 billion annually to the British economy, supporting around 200,000 jobs across takeaways, restaurants, suppliers and the food industry in the UK. There are also around 200 doner kebab manufacturers in the UK, with a turnover in excess of £750m.

The first kebab shop opened in North London in 1966 and there are now over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK selling an estimated 1.5m kebabs every day. Maria Caulfield, MP for Newhaven said “I am delighted that Newhaven’s Bursa Kebab has been long-listed for the prestigious British Kebab Awards, which highlights their contribution to the kebab industry in the UK. I wish the team many congratulations for their success and wish them good luck in the semi-finals and look forward to visiting them in the near future.”

Ibrahim Dogus, founder of the British Kebab Awards said “The kebab has now firmly established itself as a Great British restaurant and takeaway favourite. This year’s longlist demonstrates its even-greater diversity, with more entries than ever before and a wider range of variations from different restaurants and takeaways across the UK. From twists on the classics, to new vegan varieties, we are proud to celebrate one of the nation’s best loved industries as it continues to grow in new and exciting ways. After such a challenging year of COVID lockdowns, the ceremony will also give staff who work in the industry a chance to celebrate.