Several Turkish restaurants in Hackney have been nominated in a new awards scheme.

The restaurants are featuring in the first ever Turkish Restaurant and Takeaway Awards (TURTA), which will be held on February 21.

Four local eateries appeared in the “best takeaway in London” category: Super Kebab, The Best Turkish Kebab, and Mangal 2 - all in Stoke Newington Road -  and Umut 2000 in Dalston.

Testi Restaurant in Stoke Newington High Street and Hasan Meze & Mangal in Stoke Newington Road were listed in the “best Turkish restaurant in north and west London” category.

Hasan Uzum of Testi restaurant is competing for the “chef of the year” category.

Cirrik in Amhurst Road, Hackney, is nominated for the "customer satisfaction" category.

Ali Baba Kebab in Dalston is up to grab the  "best delivery" award.

The finalists have been announced for the TURTA 2023 and are said to represent the best-in-class restaurant and takeaways awarded for their excellence, craft and great taste.

Musa Akan, spokesperson for the TURTA awards, said: "There are an ever-growing number of fantastic Turkish restaurants and takeaways in the UK, and this popular cuisine is only on the rise.

“It offers culinary delights that balance an indulgent night out with healthy choices using fresh, quality ingredients. The British Turkish eateries are a key part of the local community and it’s great to see so many entries this year. The past year has tested every business operating in the hospitality sector, getting to the finals is a real achievement and all outlets should be proud."

The awards will be held in the Jubilee Room of the House of Commons, hosted by Enfield North MP Feryal Clark.