Noda Marvani, head chef at Koocha’s Mezze Bar in Bristol, was recently named a finalist for Uber Eats’ Female Chef/Restaurateur of the Year Award.
Natalie Francis from Doreen's Kitchen was crowned the overall winner earlier this month, however Marvani was one of just three women from across the country to be named a finalist, alongside Netanya Taylor of Taylor’s Bagels in Bath.
Marvani told the Bristol Post: "It just means so much to me. I've been doing it for six years now. It's my passion. I live and breathe Koocha. I live and breathe what I do. I don't think I have a day that I don't work in some shape or form, and it's nice to get this recognition.”
Marvani created her Persian plant-based restaurant in 2018, revamping traditional Persian recipes to create modern dishes designed to be shared.
The second year of the food delivery app’s restaurant awards, nominations and voting for restaurants across the UK and Ireland was open to the public.
A shortlist was then assessed (including a tasting) by the judging panel, which included Great British Bake Off’s Dame Prue Leith and Monica Galetti, owner of Mere restaurant in London.
Beyond the top ‘Restaurant of the Year’ prize, the other categories sought to highlight trailblazers in the industry and lesser-known operators.
Runners up will receive a cash prize and marketing support from Uber Eats, to support ongoing restaurant growth and development.