Popular Chigwell restaurant wins British Kebab Award

Christine Hunt, Colin Hunt and Leanne Fox at the Great British Kebab awards

Christine Hunt, Colin Hunt and Leanne Fox at the Great British Kebab awards - Credit: Archant

A father and son team are celebrating winning a prestigious culinary award.

Colin and Dylan Hut, who own and run Sheesh Turkish Restaurant on Chigwell High Road won the fine dining category in the British Kebab Awards, an industry that contributes £2.2bn to the UK economy each year.

The duo have been in business together since they opened the restaurant six years ago, moving to their current location in the former Ye Old Kings Head, three years ago.

“We were really surprised to win,” said Colin, 65 who lives in Woodford Green.

“Especially as we’re not Turkish, just a couple of east end boys done good!”


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The restaurant is very popular in the area, with more than 2,000 people eating there each week.

“It’s the quality of our food, the service, the decor, everything,” added Colin.

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“Dylan used to eat in a Turkish restaurant in Hackney six days a week, and loved the type of food so much that he said we should open one in our area, so we did.”

While Dylan cooks and runs the kitchen, Colin deals with front of house.

“It was great to win, we definitely want to try again next year as well,” he added.

The awards took place on January 14 in the Sheraton Hotel on Park Lane, where naturally, everyone ate kebabs.

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