Derby restaurant makes shortlist for prestigious ‘Curry Oscars’

Winners will be revealed at a glittering gala dinner on Sunday November 19

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A Derby restaurant is being recognised for its ‘remarkable innovation’ and has made the shortlist for national food awards.

Zing Vaa Restaurant in Derby is flying the flag for Derby at the Asian Curry Awards who released their shortlist today (Monday September 18).

The Burton Road based eatery is on the list of over 200 venues across the country.

The next stage will see the list be whittled down to the top hundred by online votes from members of the spice loving public, which will decide the eventual finalists, via this website here.

These will be then assessed by a panel of judges from the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), who will determine category winners.

Notable inclusions this year are renowned fine dining venues Amaya, Babur, Benares, Cinnamon Club, Colonel Saab, Dulwich Heritage, Four Seasons, Hakkasan, Indian Essence, Jamavar, Quilon, Royal China, Saffron Summer, Tahli Ho, Navadhanya and more.

The full list of local establishments can be viewed online.

Judges from the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), which organises the event, are currently visiting the candidates to determine the overall category winners.

The victors will be revealed at a glittering gala dinner and presentation ceremony, hosted by BBC news anchor Samantha Simmonds, being held at the Grosvenor House in London on Sunday November 19, 2023.

The Asian Curry Awards cover the complete range of Asian and Oriental cuisines of Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

The Asian Curry Awards are said to be one of the biggest events in the Asian culinary calendar.

ACF Chairman Yawar Khan said: “We’re seeing remarkable innovation by pioneering restaurateurs, adapting to challenging trading conditions and more sophisticated customer preferences.

“Afternoon chai, weekend brunch, more use of quality local produce, especially seafood and game, are now being widely served.”