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Harrow restaurant owner wins ‘Chef of the Year’ award

A Harrow chef and restauranteur has won a prestigious award at the recent Turkish Restaurant and Takeaway Awards (TURTA).

The awards ‘recognises, promotes and celebrates the immense importance and popularity of the Turkish restaurant and takeaway industry in the UK, as determined by its consumers,’ according to their official website.

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Cetin with his award

Cetin Kaygusuz from Melissa Restaurant in Harrow Town Centre won the prestigious Chef of the Year award at the ceremony that was attended by hundreds of nominees, guest and esteemed personnel. Cetin opened his restaurant in Harrow following the success of his other branch in Edgware.


TURTA posted via their Facebook page: “HUGE thanks to all the MPs, Businesses and guests who made the first ever Turkish Restaurant and Takeaway Awards a huge success.

“Big thanks to the Spectator’s Hannah Tomes for hosting, + Ben Everitt, Bambos Charalambous MP, Deidre Brock MP, Henry Smith MP for presenting our awards.”

Harrow restaurant owner wins ‘Chef of the Year’ award Harrow Online

The full list of winners include –

Best Takeaway in London
Archway Kebab

Best takeaway regional
Master Kebab
Istanbul Grill – Crawley
Dilan Kebab

North and West London
Testi Restaurant
Divan Restaurant Finchley

South and East London

Best Turkish restaurant regional
Uni Kebab
Mehmet’s kitchen
Alacati Grill

Best value restaurant
Olives and Meze

Chef of the year
Cetin Kaygusuz / Melissa Ocakbasi

Customer satisfaction
Mount Nemrut Restaurant

Fine dining
Pircio Restaurant
Skewd Kitchen

Best delivery category
Wallington Express

Kebab van of the year
Diamond Kebab Van

Supplier award
Kismet kebabs

Judges special award
Shahram Bashiri and Hemanth Bollini from GDK UK for their contribution to the franchise industry – Mazzys Grill Kebab House, Caterham

Harrow restaurant owner wins ‘Chef of the Year’ award Harrow Online
Gareth Thomas MP and ‘Chef of the Year’ Cetin Kaygusuz

Speaking of his award win, Cetin said: “Yesterday (21 Feb) evening we had the pleasure of being invited to the Palace of Westminster ( house of parliament) to be presented with the prestigious Award of “Chef of the year” at the Turkish Restaurant & Takeaway Awards ( Turta Awards)

“We are extremely honoured to have received this Award & have all our hard work recognised.

Harrow restaurant owner wins ‘Chef of the Year’ award Harrow Online
Cetin’s restaurant, Melissa, in Station Road, Harrow.

“It was a fantastic evening & we really enjoyed being able to look around with Mp Gareth Thomas this magnificent building. It was an honour.

“Once again we would like to thank all our customers for their loyalty & continued support over the years. We bring this award home for you!.”

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