The Heat Is Indeed On For The Scottish Curry Awards 2013 Finalists


With only just over a week to go until the Scottish Curry Awards 2013 it's fair to say the heat is on, it's on the street, inside your head, on every beat. The most recent development ahead of the big night on June 10 is the announcement of the finalists in each of the categories, of which there are more than ever before. There's lots to take in, but here are the categories and nominees that caught TATTGOC's eye, including a curry-loving goalie and the Chilli Papas spice mixes previously featured on Tastin' With The Tramps ...

Curry Lover of the Year
Dani Downs, Hutchison Vales Ladies FC goalkeeper
Aasmah Mir, broadcaster and founder
Sandy Wilkie, Wiseman Dairies Sales and Marketing director

Best of Glasgow
Cafe India, Merchant City
Balbir’s, Church Street
Kama Sutra
Mother India’s Cafe
Shish Mahal
Chillies West End
Masala Twist, Byres Road

Best of Edinburgh
Shezan Restaurant
Kebabish Original
Indian Cavalry Club
Britannia Spice
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Team of the Year
Taj Mahal, Biggar
Bombay Lounge, Dalkieth
The Killermount Polo Club, Glasgow
Maisha’s Restaurant, St Andrews
Turban Tandoori, Glasgow

Chef of the Year
Matin Khan at Itihaas, Edinburgh
Jagtar Singh at Taj Tandoori, Prestwick
Purvaiz Mohammed at Heera, Glasgow
Ajmal Mushtaq at Mushtaqs Restaurant, Hamilton
Bamsi Ram Shrestha at Radhuni, Edinburgh

Healthy Food Provider
Majestic India, Cambuslang
Punjabi Tadka, East Kilbride
Chilli Papas
Shimla Cottage, Coatbridge
Omar Khayyam, Edinburgh

Maitre D’ of the Year
Muhammad Sultan – Charcoals, Glasgow
Mark Singh – Mister Singh’s India, Glasgow
Akbar Ali – Kismot, Edinburgh
Abed Ullah – Taj Mahal, Biggar
Shamy Singh – Spice Lounge, Edinburgh

Best Restaurant Design
Mithas, Edinburgh
Akbar’s, Glasgow
Zyka Bar and Grill, Glasgow
Karma, Whitburn
Bukharah, Glasgow

Best Marketing Campaign
Kismot, Edinburgh
Mushtaqs Restaurant, Hamilton
Charcoals, Glasgow
The Dhabba, Glasgow
Indian Palms, Cambuslang

And that's not the half of it ... as well as the Best of Glasgow and inaugural Best of Edinburgh categories, there are another 16 regional curryhouses nominated in the Restaurant of the Year category (including the Prince of India in the Tramp's old Borders stomping ground), as well as eight finalists from all over Scotland in the Takeaway of the Year category. For the full exhaustive detail, visit the Scottish Curry Awards 2013 Facebook page. The complete list of finalists are also featured in this blog post.

Best of luck to all the finalists. Just remember: you can make a break, you can win or lose / That's a chance you take, when the heat's on you ...