What a pitta! Hackney kebab shops narrowly miss out on awards

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Forget the Oscars. This week London hosted the most important awards ceremony of the year, the British Kebab Awards, celebrating the best doner and shish up and down the country.

Although a record five Hackney-based eateries were nominated in different categories this year, the borough narrowly missed out, with no restaurant claiming a coveted top prize.

Two shops did however win second place in their category. Dom’s Place on Lower Clapton Road was highly recommended in the Just Eat Best Delivery category, and Testi in Stoke Newington was runner up for Best Kebab Restaurant in North and West London.

Chef Ali Dirik of Mangal 2 Restaurant in Stoke Newington missed out on being crowned best chef, and there were two Hackney nominees in the Best Takeaway category: The Best Turkish Kebab in Stoke Newington and The Best Kebab, Shoreditch.

The ceremony has gained a high profile recently, with politicians including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Sadiq Khan MP attending in previous years. Among the judges are Tracy Brabin MP, Jonathan Reynolds MP, and Baroness Warsi.

Giving a speech to the audience, organiser Ibrahim Do?u? said: “In an otherwise darkened street, the kebab shop is the light that never goes out.”