On Monday 5th March, the glittering Asian Restaurant Awards ceremony hosted by BBC TV news anchor Babita Sharma, was held at the Manchester Hilton, attending by over 500 leading restauranteurs, chefs, food journalists, as well as VIP guest.
Some of the winners at the award night were Ziya Restaurant, Manchester (Best Bangladeshi Restaurant); Asha's. Manchester (Fine Dining of the Year Restaurant); Sapna, Southall, London (Best Event Caterers – South); The Naz, Manchester (Best Indian Restaurant); while Abdul Ahad of Nazma Group of restaurants (Scotland) was bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Asian Restaurant Awards was organised by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), which represents the nation's 30,000 Asian and Oriental restaurants. ACF Chairman Yawar Khan declared the Asian Restaurant Awards a great success and promised to return next year with “an even bigger and better event”.