Carrick restaurant picks up two awards

Founder Askir Ali, Head Ireland Judge Paul O'Connor and Head NI Judge Joris Minne presenting Abdul Kabir with Lifetime Achievement Award for Ulster.  INCT 45-728-CON
Founder Askir Ali, Head Ireland Judge Paul O'Connor and Head NI Judge Joris Minne presenting Abdul Kabir with Lifetime Achievement Award for Ulster. INCT 45-728-CON

A Carrickfergus restaurant has picked up two accolades at this year's Irish Curry Awards.

Indian Ocean won Silver Awards for Best Chef and Best Front of House during the event at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast.

The awards were created by Belfast-based restaurateur Askir Ali to recognise the contribution made to Ireland’s food scene by hundreds of Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and other Asian chefs, restaurant workers and managers.

Speaking on the success of the event, Askir Ali said: “Curry may have been born in India, but it has grown and matured across Ireland. The Irish Curry Awards are recognition of that.

“I was really surprised and thrilled to see the level of support that was out there for the Irish Curry Awards and I am delighted that year two has been just as successful as the first. Nominations were up this year and the standard was too. We had in place a broad mix of judges and food critics onboard again this year.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank all our judges for taking time out of the busy schedules to be part of the Irish Curry Awards; to all our supporters that have helped make this year’s awards possible and to all the restaurants that took part. Congratulations to all this year’s winners.”