"If we win £100k top prize all of my staff will get £1k"
"I feel humbled that my restaurant has made it through to be short-listed for the Uber Eats award. Uber Eats are one of the leading platforms in the UK serving and supporting independent restaurants like mine.
Vivere, in Foregate Street, has been commended for its food in recent years, having been a finalist in the English Italian Awards in 2016 for best family restaurant and best pasta.
Babak himself trained as a chef in Monteflavio, Italy, with his Uncle Ghods in one of the country's five-star hotels.
He has continued to develop his skills for Italian cuisine over the years, including a recent masterclass with celebrity Chef Max Mariola.
Early this year, Uber Eats asked customers to nominate their favourite reataurants from across the UK and Ireland to compete for the Uber Eats Restaurant of the Year Award 2022. The shortlist of just 10 restaurants from the Midlands and East Anglia region was published.
The top restaurant from each region will then be judged including restaurateur and Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith and vegan chef Rachel Ama. The ultimate winner will receive £100,000 to help develop their business.
Babak said: "I know that if we get to perform in front of the judge, I will blow them away with my food. i just hope to get the chance to experience that and show them what we can do here".
Dame Prue Leith, cook, restauranteur, TV presenter and author, said "Opening your own restaurant is desperately hard work, nervewracking and expensive. But there are few things as exciting and satisfying.
"I'm delighted to work with Uber Eats to crown their first Restaurant of the Year and shine a light on some extraordinary people and restaurants. They are the future of the industry and I'm looking forward to discovering pioneers acroos the UK and Ireland and of course to eating some amazing food".
Matthew Price, Uber Eats general manager, said: "There are so many amazing independent restaurants on Uber Eats and the shortlist really demonstrates the vast amount of options and cuisines available across the UK and Ireland. I can't wait to see the fantastic stories that are brought to light, try some of the best food available on our high streets up and down the country and recognise the ioneers and innovators shaping the future of our restaurant industry".