2019 ARON Awards opens with controversial claim

Nominations for the 2019 ARON Awards opened this week along with a claim made by the organisers that is certain to prove controversial.

Despite the awards second year, the Asian Restaurant Owners Network said, without mentioning any names, that “one key factor” which separates its scheme from others is that “there is absolutely no money changing hands between organisers and nominees”.

ARON said: “There will be no ‘participation fees’, admin charges, hidden costs or ticket bills. This current, unfair process is preventing thousands of truly creative, pioneering individuals from receiving the recognition and praise they genuinely deserve. These entrepreneurs shouldn’t be financially discouraged within their own industry – they should be encouraged due to their success and innovation in spite of it!”

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This further confirmed that “tickets/tables are not available to purchase for the ARON Awards as there is no charge for entry, instead invitations will be sent to award nominee finalists and inspirational individuals”.

ARON Managing Director, Rehan Uddin, said that he “wants to encourage any hidden talents in the Asian food industry to come forward”.

“We are the only network targeting an estimated 17% of young, motivational, game-changers. We are passionate about removing the tainted stereotype associated with Asian cuisine and are very excited to be providing a platform at the 2019 ARON Awards for the future of excellence in British-Asian entrepreneurs; investing in the youth and advocating gender equality.Our winners will always be based on #GenuineMerit,” he added.

With 10 award categories to put forward establishment(s) or nominate individual(s), nominations are currently open to anyone within the Asian food industry: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9RMR3VX (entries to be submitted by 24th September).

The 2019 ARON Awards will be held at the Harbour Hotel in Bristol on January 14.

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