KEBABISH Curry House in Oban has won its eighth award, this time winning the title of Healthy Curry Provider in Scotland by the Scottish Curry Awards, held at Marriott Hotel, Glasgow.
The team beat nine finalists from all over the country to win the honour.
Shaukat Anwar Chaudhry, Kebabish managing director, said: ‘It is great to be a finalist from over 6000 nominations and then beating the other 9 finalists from all over Scotland to win the honour in front of over 500 guests. All the other finalists were from big cities and most of them didn’t even know where Oban was.
‘I feel proud to represent Oban and I am proud to be part of a team which is providing healthy food.‘I could not do it without my team. Well done to them for providing hygienic and healthy food to the Oban community. I’d also like to thank the customers who have supported us throughout the year. They are the ones who nominated us for the award.’
Kebabish Curry House serves up another success as it brings home Eat Safe Award.
Kebabish Curry house in Oban has added the 2015 eat safe award from Food standards scotland and argyll bute council to its long list of accolades.
Having already won this prize back in 2012, along with a healthy Living award and a best Takeaway, scottish Curry award for three years running, Kebabish is the only Pakastani/indian takeaway in scotland to have garnered the trifecta of all three coveted awards.
The eat safe award recognises businesses that strive for food hygiene and safety management standards over and above those required by law. Owner shaukat Chaudhry said: ‘We’ve worked hard for this most recent award, keeping all the principles that Food standards scotland are looking for.’
This recent prize joins Kebabish’s healthy Living award sponsored by Nhs scotland, which rewards businesses who make it easier for their customers to make more healthy food choices.
His brother, hashmat ali, who heads the kitchen, uses local produce whenever possible, along with other highest quality and healthy ingredients in the most hygienic of conditions.
‘You must serve more than 50 per cent certified healthy dishes in your menu, and we exceed that standard by producing more than half of our dishes using only healthy ingredients and preparation methods’ Shaukat said. ‘We use sunflower oil instead of ghee, as well as minimal salt and sugar in our cooking. We use low fat ingredients such as mayonnaise and yogurt, along with low fat cheese on our pizzas.’
Kebabish offers a variety of classical dishes from india and Pakistan, as well as a full selection of kebabs and local favourites such as burgers and pizzas.
‘We are proud to provide healthy food to the Oban community since 2007’, said Shaukat.
OBAN’S Kebabish Curry House has been awarded with a healthyliving award for a second time.
The restaurant first received the accolade in 2013 and again in October of 2015 after a healthyliving award assessors assessed the establishment and deemed them to meet the healthyliving standards.
Shaukat Anwar Chaudhry, Kebabish managing director, said: ‘It’s a great achievement. It’s a great feeling when you win something like this and proud to be serving my local community.
‘After winning, I was invited by healthyliving to give a seminar at the Restaurant and Takeaway Business (RTB) Live event in Glasgow last month.
‘The award is supported by the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland and I am proud to be part of the team supporting a healthier Scotland to encourage people to eat better feel better.’
In order to receive a healthyliving award a restaurant’s menu must meet the criteria, which includes using healthier ingredients and preparation methods, reducing the fat, salt and sugar.
Anne Lee, healthyliving award Manager said: ‘It is very encouraging to see a take-away businesses such as Kebabish continue to hold the healthyliving award.
‘This achievement illustrates a clear commitment from Mr Chaudhry to make healthier catering the norm in his business.
‘This accomplishment can only be of benefit to the local community and I encourage Mr Chaudhry and his team to keep up the good work.’
OBAN take-away and restaurant Kebabish has become the first take away of its kind to claim a Healthy Living Award, as it announces plans to expand the business.
Brothers and co-owners Shaukat Chaudhry and Hashmat Ali, were delighted to claim the award, which comes after recently receiving Eat Safe Awards and two consecutive Scottish Curry Awards, for 2012 and 2013.
Now the business is looking to expand into Lochgilphead after agreeing to take over the premises formerly occupied by The Stables café to open a take-away and restaurant.
Kebabish received the Healthy Living Award after demonstrating its freshly prepared meals contain as little salt and fat as possible, from using sunflower oil instead of ghee, to serving chapattis as a healthier alternative to nan breads.
Mr Chaudhry said: "I was absolutely delighted, but to be honest I was more than half the way to meeting the criteria when I entered the award. Providing healthy food with high standards of hygiene is important."
Moves to expand into Lochgilphead come after the business agreed to take over the premises recently vacated by The Stables on 48-50 Argyll Street. Mr Chaudhry says the building will receive an extensive renovation, with a new silent extractor-fan system to eliminate cooking smells to be installed.
He said: "I want something nice for my local community, where I have lived for 10 years. I’ve been working hard to serve good food to the people of Oban but now I want to do the same in Lochgilphead."
It is anticipated that the restaurant will create four new jobs initially, with the possibility of more in the future.
Shaukat also featured in Coretalks, Healthy Living Awards monthly newsletter. Read it here.
TWO WEST Highland takeaways are officially among the best in the country after picking up prizes at the Scottish Curry Awards.
Oban’s Kebabish won Best Takeaway in the North West region, beating Spicy Spot in Inverness, while Fort William’s Spice Tandoori shook off competition from three others to win Best Restaurant in the same region.
Kebabish owner Shaukat Chaudhry, who has run the business since 2007, is enjoying a successful first venture in catering, having picked up the same award in 2012. Speaking to The Oban Times, he said: "It is a very difficult award to win. There are secret shoppers who come in to taste the food and judge it for quality". The awards ceremony was held at the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow, on Monday. Mr Chaudhry added: "To stand up in front of 600 people at the event felt amazing. I would like to thank all my customers for their support and nomination. We are very happy to represent Oban. I would like to thank my team, who also deserve the credit".
Also nominated in the North West Restaurant category was Taste of India from Kyleakin on Skye.
OBAN’S Kebabish Curry House has been named the producer of one of Scotland’s finest take away curries, while Fort William’s Spice Tandoori one of the country’s finest restaurants.
The businesses were named regional winners of the hungryhouse.co.uk Scottish Curry Awards 2012 at an awards ceremony held in Glasgow’s Thistle Hilton on Monday night, facing off stiff competition from throughout the north west region.
In the takeaway of the year awards final, Kebabish triumphed over Inverness’ Max’s 2, while Spice Tandoori was named winner of the Restaurant of the Year Award ahead of Oban’s Coriander, Fort William’s Indian Garden and Inverness’ Rajah Indian Restaurant.
More than 7,000 nominations
Even being nominated was an achievement though, with more than 7,000 suggestions being sent to the Scottish Curry Awards from across the country. With more than 600 guests attending the event on Monday evening, winners were only announced on the night.
Kebabish owner, Shaukat Chaudhry, said: "It was a total surprise to me. I didn’t know anything about it until two weeks ago when the organisers called me. There was thousands of nominations so it’s a great achievement."
Yasmin Mahmood, operations and business development manager for Oceanic Consulting which organises the event, said: "After five years putting this event on, this year saw old faces and was also fresh with new contenders".
"It was a fantastic evening and I would like to thank everyone for attending and a big thank you to our sponsors. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists".
Oban takeaway, Kebabish Curry House, has become the first business of its type to receive the Eat Safe award for outstanding hygiene and food safety.
The George Street restaurant and takeaway accepted the award last week as it welcomed a delegation from Argyll and Bute Council to celebrate its success.
Owner, Shaukat Chaudhry, said he was pleased to win the award and said the popular eaterie would strive to maintain the high standards that saw it pick up the Eat Safe award in the future.
Presenting the award to Mr Chaudhry was Argyll and Bute Council’s environmental health manager for west Argyll, Iain MacKinnon. He said: "The Eat Safe award is designed to promote excellent food safety and those businesses that get it meet very exacting standards.
"Mr Chaudhry and his team have displayed the good practice required to achieve those standards".
"Kebabish is the first business of its type to get this award and I’m delighted to be able to award it".
Welcoming the award, Mr Chaudhry said: "We're very happy to receive this award and I’m very proud to receive it. What I believe is this is not hard to achieve, but hard to maintain. It is in our interests to maintain these standards and we will work hard to ensure we do".
- Healthy Curry Award
- Healthy Living Award
- Healthy Living 2015
- Eat Safe 2015
- Eat Safe
- 2013 Curry Award
- 2012 Curry Award
Shaukat Anwar Chaudhry, far left, Hashmat Ali Chaudhry and Danyal Ali Chaudhry, with their award. It is the eighth award the George Street curry house has won.
Kebabish owner Shaukat Chaudhry, far right, Holding his Healthy Living Award.
Received our Healthyliving Award from Nick Nairn (Scottish Celebrity Chef) at the ceremony held by NHS on the 18th March 2014 at the Hampden Park Glasgow.
Hashmat Ali Chaudhry, Danyal Ali Chaudhry and Shaukat Anwar Chaudhry, holding the award.
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: owner Shaukat Chaudhry and his son, Danyal Ali Chaudhry, have added the 2015 Eat Safe Award from Food Standards Scotland and Argyll Bute council to their list of accolades
Kebabish’s Shaukat Chaudhry accepts the Eat Safe award from the council’s environmental health manager, Iain MacKinnon, extreme right, and Argyll and Bute Council’s environmental health officer, Sue Stefek, left.
Kebabish owner Shaukat Chaudhry, centre, with his award-winning team.
Kebabish Curry House owner Shaukat Chaudhry with the Scottish Curry Awards plaque he picked up after the business was named north west Scotland’s take away of the year.