AN Indian restaurant and takeaway has won a national award.

Tikka Restaurant and Takeaway, in Boundary Road, Hove, picked up the Regional Chef of the Year for the South East honour at the Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards (Arta) 2019 on Sunday.

Owner Jahed Iqbal said: “It is incredibly special to be named as the Regional Chef of the Year.

“This award motivates us to continue creating and delivering great Asian culinary experiences to all our customers.

“They can be really proud to walk in to our doors, as the best in all of the South East of England.”

Nicknamed the Oscars of the curry industry, the Arta awards recognise the best of South Asian, Thai and Chinese cuisine in the UK.

Salik Mohammed Munim, founder and chief executive of Arta, said: “Year on year, the standard for this competition continues to defy imagination.

“With more entrants than ever before, we have been immensely impressed by the quality on show this year.”

“We commend all the winners and finalists of Arta 2019.”