Takeaway misses out by just 1%

Wasim Arshad and Stacey Reynolds of Mr Chef meet TV chef Ainsley Harriott at the British Takeaway Awards.
Wasim Arshad and Stacey Reynolds of Mr Chef meet TV chef Ainsley Harriott at the British Takeaway Awards.

Craigneuk eatery Mr Chef missed out on a prize at the British Takeaway Awards by the narrowest of margins.

The awards celebrate the hard work and contribution local independent takeaways make to the British economy and culture.

Like all the finalists Mr Chef was visited by five mystery shoppers who each wrote a report on the restaurant.

Owner Wasim Arshad and staff members Stacey Reynolds and Chloe Nelson travelled to a ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London, hosted by Tess Daly and Vernon Kay, to find out their fate.

Mr Chef received 96 per cent in their combined mystery shop reports, but it wasn’t enough to win with the top Scottish takeaway receiving 97 per cent and the overall UK winner getting 98.

Wasim said: “Our food quality, delivery time, shop appearance, menu, offers, staff cleanliness and uniforms all received top marks for which we are very proud indeed.

“Mr Chef was extremely unlucky to miss out by one per cent, but we will be back next year and trying our utmost to win!”