Every award winner receives:
As an industry worth over £9 billion to the UK economy, takeaways have been an integral part of our culture for decades – it’s time to recognise their contribution…
Our local takeaways are the heartbeat of our high streets. From incredible Indians to perfect pizzerias, every town has their heroes and every individual has their favourite. So, here at the British Takeaway Awards, celebrating our fifth year, we’re rewarding the dedication of local takeaways across a multitude of cuisines, recognising their contribution to our economy on a truly national scale. Held at London’s Savoy Hotel, we’re saying thank you to the unsung heroes, the hardworking people behind the great takeaway places that we love to lay claim to.
As an industry worth over £9 billion to the UK economy, takeaways have been an integral part of our culture for decades – it’s time to recognise their contribution.
Our judging panel for 2019 are:
As one of the country's favourite TV chefs for two decades, Ainsley Harriott has become something of a national institution. After a career in some of London’s top hotels and restaurants he became best known for his 21 series of Ready, Steady, Cook, and with many solo primetime cooking series under his belt, most recently Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen, he has become the master of fresh, fun, accessible cuisine.He is also a best-selling author selling over two million books worldwide. Ainsley’s own-brand food products are a familiar sight not only in the UK’s supermarkets, but worldwide.
After working for some of the most successful high street restaurants, including Pizza Express and Planet Hollywood, Sarah bought the The Bombay Bicycle Club and turned it into the largest Indian restaurant chain in the UK. Her success earned her a place on BBC’s Dragons’ Den. Sarah’s favourite takeaway is Indian.
Graham Corfield is the Chief Operating Officer of Just Eat, a leading global marketplace for
online food delivery. Previously, Graham joined the business in 2011 as UK Finance
Director, taking on the role of UK Managing Director in 2013.
Graham is responsible for the commercial performance of Just Eat markets, overseeing and
coordinating trading and new business globally.
In 2019, the platform connected over 12 million UK customers with more than 30,000 Restaurant Partners in the UK, serving over 100 different cuisine types. Just Eat’s vision is to create the world’s greatest food community.
James Hacon is an investor, advisor and respected thought leader in the restaurant and hospitality sector. His experience stretches working with more than 50 brands in 14 countries, from Michelin starred outlets to International hotel chains, casual dining groups to start-up takeaway concepts.
In his role as Chairman of the British Takeaway Campaign, Ibrahim campaigns on behalf of the takeaway sector – promoting opportunities for young people to build successful careers in the sector, whilst ensuring the takeaway sector retains fair access to the skills of EU and Non EU migrants.
He has also played a pivotal role in campaigning for an overhaul of the current business rates system. Ibrahim established the British Kebab Awards and runs several businesses including three independent restaurants in London. Ibrahim’s favourite takeaway is kebab.