The finalists have been unveiled for the annual Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards (ARTA), the most prestigious celebration of Pan Asian cuisine in the UK, which this year will be taking place on Sunday 8th October at London’s Hilton Park Lane

Among the 28 award categories set to recognise the UK’s top Asian restaurants and takeaways; from Regional Restaurants of the Year to Newcomer of the Year, is the National Chef of the Year award. 

Finalists for the National Chef of the Year had to battle it out at ARTA’s cook-off competition, where restaurants’ chefs prepared their finest dishes for a panel of judges. The contenders for the national qualifiers were selected based on nominations by customers from across the UK, including over 750,000 customers from ARTA’s strategic partner ChefOnline. 

ARTA 2023 National Chef of the Year Finalists: 

Elaichi, Carmarthen, Swansea 

The Chequers Indian Lounge, Great Blakenham, Ipswich 

The Empress, Whitechapel, East London 

Spice Club, Bridgwater, Taunton 

Indian Panorama, East Molesey, Kingston upon Thames 

Ruby, Hertford, Stevenage 

Part of the judging panel was Graham Taylor – Head of Culinary & Arts – Cambridge Regional College, who encompasses 25 years of experience working in Michelin and 5-star restaurants. Restauranter Graham Taylor said, “We saw an incredibly talented group of chefs from across the country create beautiful tasting cuisine that blew us away. The contestants came in bravely, ready to show us what they were made of and that is exactly what they did. What a qualifier it has been now for the award ceremony, aptly known as the Oscars of the Curry Industry, in London next month.” 

The ceremony will be hosted by BBC presenters, Samantha Simmonds and Paul Martin and will welcome a guest list of the nation’s most popular Asian restaurateurs alongside MPs, dignitaries, and celebrities as the finest Asian restaurants and takeaways from across the UK will come together in London in the hope of being recognised as the best restaurant and honoured with a jewel in the crown of the UK Asian restaurant industry award sector. 

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Notes to Editors: 

Event Details 

Venue: London Hilton Park Lane, W1K 1BE 

Date: Sunday 8th October 2023 

Time: 5.00 pm 


About Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards: Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards is a movement in the hospitality sector. It is the only official award that recognises, promotes, and celebrates the immense importance and popularity of the Pan Asian catering industry in the UK, as determined by its consumers. 

After the nomination stage, they enter a thorough evaluation phase. From this rigorous procedure will emerge the Top Asia restaurants and takeaways in different distinctive regions across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These chosen businesses will gather in a grand finale event at the Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards ceremony. ARTA epitomises the imagination and passion of the UK catering industry while embodying a celebratory approach to its achievements.