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Kebabalicious wins Just Eat Best Delivery Restaurant at the British Kebab Awards 2015

Takeaway restaurant, Kebabalicious, based in Wythenshawe, Manchester, has won the Just Eat Best Delivery Restaurant at this year’s British Kebab Awards. The locally run restaurant scooped the award for its consistent food quality and renowned service throughout Manchester. The restaurant has been part of the Just Eat network for three years.

The British Kebab Awards, now in their third year, are the work of the Centre for Turkey Studies. The ceremony, which took place on Wednesday 7 January at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London, was attended by over a thousand guests, including over 200 MPs and Peers such as Lord Neil Kinnock, Nadhim Zahawi MP, Keith Vaz MP, Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon, Jonathan Reynolds and Andy Love.

Kebabalicious will receive £1,500 of Just Eat customer vouchers, to give away as they see fit to further drive orders.

Restaurant owner Irfan Khalil comments on the award: “We are hugely proud to have been awarded this prestigious prize. We have worked very hard to deliver the best kebabs consistently and this award is testament to all the hard work that the team has put in. “

As the UK’s main showcase for the £2.2bn a year industry, the British Kebab Awards recognise the best in the business. They celebrate the stories behind the nation’s favourite kebab houses, from the important contribution that restaurants, suppliers and workers make to the UK economy, to the cultural significance of the kebab as one of Britain’s best-loved foods.

Since Just Eat first launched in the UK in 2006, 13 million kebabs have been ordered online from the company’s Turkish and Kurdish restaurant partners - placed end-to-end, which stretches from London to Turkey! In 2014 alone, nearly six and a half million were ordered online, 70% more than 2013.

The award was presented to Kebabalicious by Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director at Just Eat, who comments:

“I am delighted that takeaway restaurants such as Kebabalicious are being recognised for their excellence. The kebab is a main staple in the British takeaway industry, and these awards showcase the important economic and cultural contribution made by Turkish restaurants and food to this country. As the UK's leading online takeaway ordering service, we are honoured to celebrate this success.”

Ibrahim Dogus, Director of the Centre for Turkey Studies, said:

“Congratulations must go to Kebabalicious for providing such a great service. No doubt they will go from strength to strength in the months and years to come. The awards are about applauding the contribution made to Britain by the kebab industry, and continuing to raise standards. With partners such as Just Eat, this should not be too difficult."

Corfield continues:

“It’s important to remember that takeaway restaurants are a crucial part of our local economies. At Just Eat we want to champion these thriving small businesses. Our focus is helping our restaurant partners be as successful as possible, by providing them with more customers and orders, helping the local high-street thrive and encouraging and rewarding local commerce across the UK”.

Just Eat, the world’s leading online takeaway delivery service, are official sponsors of the British Kebab Awards, for the second year running.

Kebabalicious can be found at 195 Hollyhedge Road, Wythenshawe, M22 8UE.

The other nominations for the award were:

· Station Kebab (3 Queens Parade, Bounds Green, London, N11 2DN)

· Cypriana Greek Restaurant (20 Lark Lane, Liverpool, L17 8US)

· Curipza (Millers Three, Southmill Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3DH)

· Star Kebab (169 Homerton High Street London, E9 6BB)

· Istanblue (37 Milkstone Road, Rochdale, OL11 1EB)

About the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS)

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is an independent and non-partisan organisation inaugurated in April 2011 with the support of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in London. CEFTUS provides an open forum promoting expert opinions and debates focusing on Turkey and UK relations, foreign affairs, economic issues and social developments in Turkey and the region.

History of the Doner Kebab

The doner kebab was invented in 1971 by Mahmut Aygun who was born in Turkey. Mr Aygun moved to Germany and transformed the kebab into a mobile dish. Traditionally, kebab had been served with rice, but in a moment of inspiration, Aygun saw that the future lay in putting the kebab inside a pitta bread. He once said: "I thought how much easier it would be if they could take their food with them."

About JUST EAT plc

JUST EAT plc operates the world’s largest online market place for restaurant delivery. Headquartered in London, the Company is active in 13 countries around the globe. There are currently over 40,800 takeaway restaurants within the JUST EAT network, which uses proprietary technology to offer a quick and efficient online ordering service for consumers and restaurant partners alike. JUST EAT is a member of the FTSE 250. Its revenues in 2013 were £96.8 million and grew 58% in H1 2014, compared with the same period in 2013.

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