A Sleaford pizza parlour has been nominated to be in the running for the first ever British Takeaway Awards and is now appealing for customers and friends to show their support.
The Little Italy Pizza Company in Carre Street was started in Sleaford by owner James Broderick, who has now expanded to open a branch in Gainsborough too.
James said he had just received a letter out of the blue to say he had been nominated for the awards, sponsored by Just Eat. They are designed to recognise and champion the hard work and efforts of local takeaways across the nation, showcasing their diversity of cuisines and choice as well as the celebrating the huge role they play in the economy.
James said: “I am surprised and honoured and it makes up for all the hard work that everyone puts in every week. It is a team effort. It is humbling that someone has taken the time to nominate us.”
There are 13 regional prizes up for grabs, plus a sponsor’s award and the overall national title.
People are asked to vote for their favourite via the website: www.thebtas.co.uk. Voting closes at midnight on October 11.
I am surprised and honoured and it makes up for all the hard work that everyone puts in every weekJames Broderick
The five takeaways that receive the most votes in each region will be contacted to submit more information about why they should win and will be visited by a mystery shopper. A panel of judges will then collate results and decide the winners based on total votes, the submitted piece and mystery shopper score.
Finalists get to go to a glittering awards ceremony at The Savoy in London on November 9.
Regional winners get prizes worth £1,500, the overall winner gets £5,000 cash and the sponsor’s prize is another £1,500.
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