Finalists Announced for the

Asian Restaurant Awards 2019 (Scotland)


Over 70 Asian and Oriental Restaurants have been named as finalists for the second annual Asian Restaurant Awards (Scotland).

Winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at the Sheraton Grand in Edinburgh, on Sunday 8th September, with leading restaurateurs, chefs, food writers and VIP guests expected to attend the gala dinner. The evening will be hosted by BBC TV news anchor, Samantha Simmonds.

A series of public votes determined the Scottish public’s favourite Bangladeshi, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian, and Nepalese restaurants and takeaways to narrow it down to 70 finalists. The awards are organised by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF) which represents the nation’s 30,000 Asian and Oriental restaurants.

“The Scottish Asian Restaurant Awards 2019 promises to be an unforgettable night, where we will recognise the excellence of Asian and Oriental restaurants in Scotland,” said ACF Chairman Yawar Khan, who added, “We will be celebrating the many different cultures and cuisines that contribute so much to the British economy.”

Andrew Kenny, Just Eat Managing Director, UK who sponsor the awards said: “We are delighted to support these industry awards and to see such an excellent list of Asian and Oriental restaurants on the shortlist. We would like to congratulate everyone nominated and look forward to seeing the winners announced at the awards dinner in Edinburgh on 8 September.”

Pat Chapman, Chief Judge and author of Good Curry Guide added: “Every restaurant and takeaway that has entered the Asian Curry Awards has been of a high standard and they all deserve the highest praise. Edinburgh has been the Curry Capital of the UK several times so it is fitting that this year’s awards ceremony is held here and I look forward to congratulating the winners.”

The full list of awards and shortlisted restaurants can be viewed at

The ceremony will take place at Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, from 6pm on Sunday 8th September. Tickets available from the Asian Catering Federation E: T: 020 8395 6820.

The awards are sponsored by Just Eat.



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Yawar Khan, Chairman, Asian Catering Federation
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Editors’ Notes:

Samantha Simmonds is a journalist and broadcaster with more than 20 years at the forefront of the news. She is currently presenting on the BBC, covering all the main programmes for BBC World News including the agenda setting “The Briefing” news and business programme on BBC 1 and Business Live on the BBC News Channel.

 Asian Catering Federation

The Asian Restaurant Awards are organised by the Asian Catering Federation, (ACF) which represents the nation’s 30,000 Asian and Oriental restaurants.
The sector employs over 100,00 people and contributes more than £4.2 billion to the UK economy.
The ACF strives to deliver real returns for its members within the Asian catering industry, helping them to find financial success, achieve excellence, and build customer loyalty. It aims to unite Asian caterers on one platform; campaign for greater recognition; achieve members’ common goals through partnerships with government and other organisations; provide help with training and create rewarding careers in Asian catering.

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