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Wicked Wings in Gravesend ‘shocked’ after being named one of the country’s best takeaways

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Original article from Kent Live

A Gravesend takeaway has been crowned one of the best in the UK.

The British Takeaway Awards (BTAs), held in association with Just Eat, revealed Britain's best takeaway establishments and Wicked Wings in Gravesend came up trumps, winning the best takeaway in Greater London category.

The takeaway, which serves up a range of different chicken wings, with varying flavours and spices, was praised for delivering free food packages to nurses at Darent Valley Hospital's COVID-19 ward over the course of the pandemic.

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A spokesman for Wicked Wings, which opened three years ago, told KentLive: "We can't believe it, its only up from here.

"It's opened up a lot of opportunities for us – especially as such as small takeaway in Gravesend.

"It was a shock when we won the award, but we do have quite a loyal fanbase.

The spokesman added the staff at the family run business has pretty much stayed the same since they opened.

Their most popular meal is currently the Combo deal, which includes a burger or wrap, three chicken wings, chips and a drink.

He said: "It's something quite different in Gravesend as well.

"You've got your kebabs and fish and chip shops, but this is American-style food and its all cooked from fresh."

Other establishments recognised for their food were Gipsy Hill's Eastern Cuisine Indian Restaurant and Takeaway, which won best takeaway in central London, Hackney Wick's plant-based fried chicken shop Chicken-ish, which was named as the best new delivery takeaway, and Streatham Kitchen's Chef Ka as the best takeaway chef in Britain.

The Oscars of the takeaway world were adjudicated by expert celebrity judges Nisha Katona and Asma Khan, and hosted by Paddy McGuinness.

Paddy McGuiness hosted the British Takeaway Awards

The awards, which have been running six years, recognise local takeaways across that country that deliver delicious food, work to reduce their environmental impact, support those in need and cater to ever-changing consumer diets, including vegan cuisine and healthier alternatives.

This year’s BTAs also sought to celebrate the takeaways which have been a lifeline for local communities during the pandemic.

The star studded ceremony was held at Old Billingsgate in London and was attended by celebrity guests including Daisy Lowe, Pixie Lott, Oliver Cheshire, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Chris Kamara and John Barnes.

Yorkshire based Sakushi Japanese was named Best Takeaway in Britain – a prominent figure of Japanese cuisine in Yorkshire, the local takeaway impressed judges with its extensive vegan and vegetarian menu and community initiatives including raising funds to support the NHS and LGBTQI+ community.

The star studded ceremony was attended by Kent's own Pixie Lott

The full list of winners can be found below:

Regional Awards:

  • Best Takeaway in Central London – Easterrn Cuisine
  • Best Takeaway in Greater London – Wicked Wings
  • Best Takeaway in South East – Burgers, Wings & Ribs
  • Best Takeaway in South West – V. Dorset Delivery
  • Best Takeaway in East Midlands – Chris’s Fish N Chips
  • Best Takeaway in West Midlands – Lime Pickle
  • Best Takeaway in North East – Casa Rosa
  • Best Takeaway in North West – Bun & Bones Club
  • Best Takeaway in Yorkshire – Sakushi Japanese
  • Best Takeaway in Scotland – Burger Island
  • Best Takeaway in Wales – Mint Room
  • Best Takeaway in Northern Ireland – Manny’s Fish and Chips

Judges’ Award:

  • Best Takeaway Chef in Britain – Chef Ka, Streatham Kitchen
  • New to Delivery Award – Chickenish
  • Good Deed Hero Award – British Raj Express
  • Best Small Chain Restaurant – Nuudle Bar
  • Best Takeaway in Britain – Sakushi Japanese

Andrew Kenny, managing director of Just Eat commented: “Takeaway food is a massive part of our British culture and this year more than ever we wanted to recognise the local takeaways that kept the nation fed, while also making an immeasurable contribution to their local communities and the UK economy.

"From delivering a taste of normality when communities needed it most to providing healthier options we want to congratulate all of the deserving winners for continuing to bring the nation the food they love.”

British Takeaway Award winners were selected by a judging panel following a rigorous process comprising a public vote, written submission, and mystery shopping.

Category winners each receive a £1,000 cash prize, £200 per site to spend at the Just Eat shop and an exclusive British Takeaway Awards trophy, while the overall, Best Takeaway in Britain winner will receive a further £5,000 and a media support package courtesy of Just Eat.

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