Fried chicken shop beats off over 26,000 takeaway restaurants to win the coveted title of best in Britain and a £6,000 first prize
Star-studded awards at The Savoy also names 13 regional winners as well as takeaway chef and Delivery Driver of the Year
Stars walked the purple carpet and enjoyed the evening with guests including Ainsley Harriott, Denise Van Outen, Ben Cohen and Rachel Stevens.
The British Takeaway Awards which took place at The Savoy in London in association with Just Eat, crowned a family-run fried chicken shop - Chicken George in Luton as the Best Takeaway in Britain. The Awards were hosted by comedian Rob Brydon and celebrated Britain’s takeaway restaurants, chefs and delivery drivers who represented communities across the UK
Overall winner, Chicken George, was founded by Ray Cheah over 30 years ago and was one of the first
independent fried chicken shops in Luton. Today, it’s headed up by Ray’s daughter Su Cheah. The eatery in Hitchin Road, Luton, beat thousands of other outlets across Britain to scoop not only the top award but £6,000 in prize money to support the family-run business.
A panel of judges, including celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and businesswoman and star of BBC2 Dragon’s Den, Sarah Willingham, ultimately crowned Chicken George as the standout due to their dedication to sourcing local ingredients and consistently delivering customers fresh, exceptional food. The judges were impressed by the local business’ strong sense of community spirit, including supporting local sports teams, donating surplus food to a homeless charity and providing pensioners with free chicken after their monthly bingo session. The judges also commended Chicken George’s staff development and investment in their business that has seen 55% growth in 2016.
In total, 16 awards were presented at the BTAs. Each of the 13 regional winners received £1,000 and free sign up to Just Eat, or their sign-up fee returned if they are already a partner. But Chicken George was extra lucky as they also won the coveted award for Best British Takeaway in Britain and received a cheque for an additional £5,000. There were also, for the first time, awards for Takeaway Chef and Delivery Driver of the Year.