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Eastbourne restaurants nominated for 'Curry Oscars'

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Britain is famous for its love of Indian cuisine and cities, towns and even villages throughout the UK are teeming with curry houses.

The nation's affection for spicy Asian dishes stretches back to colonial times and diners in 2012 are spoilt for choice when they fancy a takeaway or sit-in meal.

With so many fantastic eateries all over the UK, competition is intense and restaurateurs have to go the extra mile to keep their customers happy.

The British Curry Awards were launched to highlight the very best restaurants specialising in cuisine from the Indian subcontinent and the prize-giving has become an annual event.

Affectionately known as the "Curry Oscars", only the finest establishments stand any chance of landing an accolade.

The 2012 version of the British Curry Awards will take place in London on November 26th, where guests will find out which chefs have been putting their catering equipment to the best use.

A total of 108 nominees will be vying for the prestigious prize, including two Eastbourne-based restaurants.

The Eastbourne Herald reports that Spice Garden in Old Town and Imli in Seaside Road have made the shortlist for the grand final - an achievement in itself.

More than 250,000 public nominations were received by the event organisers this year and the initial list of entrants contained 3,800 curry houses.

Founder and organiser of the British Curry Awards Enam Ali said: "For any restaurant to get to this stage is really quite something. We've always had a very good public response to our nomination process, but this year it has been absolutely staggering."

Mr Ali was recognised for his fantastic charity work with an MBE and he has raised a significant amount of money through the awards since 2005.

Some famous figures have attended the ceremony in order to celebrate the country's passion for chicken tikka masala, naan bread and onion bhajis in previous years.

Indeed, prime minister David Cameron has given a speech at the event in the past.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801484774-ADNFCR

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