Preston takeaways battle it our for UK curry crown

Photo Neil Cross'Indian Express takeaway in Fylde Road, Preston, is in the final of the English Curry Awards and head chef Jamie Palmer is up for Chef of the Year at the awards

Photo Neil Cross'Indian Express takeaway in Fylde Road, Preston, is in the final of the English Curry Awards and head chef Jamie Palmer is up for Chef of the Year at the awards

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TWO city takeaways are going head to head in the battle for their curries to be crowned the best in England.

Ronaldsway business, Spice King, and Fylde Road takeaway, Indian Express, will compete after being selected as finalists for the English Curry Awards in the final four of the ‘Best Takeaway’ catergory.

Buinesses are nominated by their customers and after months of fierce competition and more than 15,000 nominations, Spice King and Indian Express were selected to compete for the north-west and then the national title.

Judges will now visit the four selected takeaways and taste each of their curries before deciding on a final result.

Adam Fayid, manager of Spice King, said: “We work really hard all year to make sure we give our customers the best curries.

“We always want to please our customers because it’s down to them that we are where we are now.

“It’s fantastic to be nominated and hopefully we can go on and win because we always strive to give the best possible service and food.”

Spice King opened in 2011 and has reached the final every year since opening.

Indian Express won the regional prize at last year’s event.

Jamie Palmer, head chef at Indian Express, said: “We also want to say a huge thank you to our customers, because we’d be nothing without them. Hopefully we can build on last year’s result and go on to win the national prize.”

The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel will play host to the awards tonight.

The black tie ceremony is expected to attract more than 400 people, who will enjoy an evening including a delicious five course meal, live entertainment, fundraising activities and several guest presenters.

The awards will also help raise funds for the official charity partner which has been set up by the former boxing world champion, Amir Khan.

The money raised will go to the Amir Khan Foundation and it is dedicated towards supporting young people who are disadvantaged in life due to personal circumstances or the environment they live in.