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Southall restaurant takes top spot at inaugural ITV Food & Drinks Awards

A family-run Southall restaurant has been named as Britain’s best in ITV’s first Food & Drinks Awards, hosted by Stephen Fry on Sunday evening.

The Brilliant Restaurant, which opened 45 years ago by brothers, Gulu and Kewal Anand, was crowned Best Family-Run Restaurant at the inaugural event

The brothers launched the eatery using their father’s Punjabi-Kenyan recipes and cooking styles.

Gulu Anand (pictured centre) now runs the restaurant with his son, Shanker (left) and daughter, Dipna (right), who followed her passion for cooking by graduating with a master’s in food and hospitality in Ealing in 2008 at University of West London (UWL).

Dipna Anand commented, “To win something like this from ITV is huge and the biggest thing to happen to our family and business.

“My dad is so incredibly proud of how far we have come since he opened the first restaurant with his brother all those years ago. My uncle passed away this year but would have been so pleased to see how far we have all come.

“Food has always been a massive part of my life, and so has the restaurant where me and my brother would go as a child. Our recipes have been handed down over three generations now and my brother’s children are starting to get involved. It is lovely for our whole family.”

Dipna has gone on to make a name for herself in television, writing cookery books and running classes. She continues to work closely with students at UWL’s London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism (LGCHT) to give guest lectures and speak about food and cookery.