Bangla Mirror Desk:
The foodie and Curry Industry professionals all gathered in one place on last Sunday, October 10, for the annual Curry Life Awards and gala dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel London.
The UK may have a soft spot for old favourites like bangers and mash and fish and chips but the British appetite for Indian sub-continental food widely known throughout Great Britain, as the Curry Cuisine remains unrivalled.
The Curry Life Awards and World Curry Expo, restaurant trade show mark the end of the National Curry Week Celebration which takes place from 4-10 October 2021.
The programme started with a sombre mode by remembering Covid Loss and fallen heroes during pandemic at the UK Curry Houses, the vast majority of which are run and operated by the people of Bangladesh.
Curry Life Awards also paid special tribute to the founding father of Bangladesh to mark the Mujib Centenary and Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh. The UKs leading Bangladeshi artist and Freedom Fighter Himangshu Goswami dedicated ‘Shono Ekti Mujiborer Theke’ to mark the Mujib centenary tribute.
Curry Life Magazine, which is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice of the Bangladeshi Restaurants organises this awards ceremony to recognise best in the profession every year.
More than 600 guests will be attending the awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, Central London, hosted by veteran journalist and broadcaster Angela Rippon and Mike Bushell, have unveil awards winners for the following categories:
Best Editor’s Choice of the year
Radhuni, Princes Risborough,
Indian Ocean, HISTON, Cambridge
The Everest Abercorn, Middlesex.
Best Curry Chefs of the year
Chef Jafor Solim Uddin, the fat Buddah, Maidenhead, Berks
Chef Majadur Rahim, Blue Tiffin, Merseyside
Chef Mohammed Raj, Village Indian Dining, Upminster
Chef Kabir Uddin, Hastings Spice, Sussex
Chef Abdul Malik, Little India, Bolton
Chef Shaz Rahman, Blue Tiffin, Stoke
Chef Nazrul Islam, Biggles Lounge, Beds
Chef Atikur Rahman, Chilli Green, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend
Best Curry Restaurants of the year
Bombay 8, Warrington 8, Cheshire
Bombay Quay, Northwich, Cheshire
INAGA, West Wickham, Bromley
Westbourne Tandoori, Bournemouth
The Fat Buddha, Berkhamsted
Bengal Brasserie, Burley, Leeds
Shozna, Rochester, Kent
Monsoon Majestic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme
Zyka, Tilehurst, Reading
Café Spice, Darlington
Deshi Spice, Bedford
Taste of India, Old Hatfield, Herts
Barton Bangla Brasserie, Preston
Kushboo, Barton Latimer, Kettering
Ashuka Guildford, Surrey
Spice Club, Bridgewater, Somerset
Mahaan, Worthing, West Sussex
Village Indiya, South Woodford, London
Taj Mahal, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Paprika Club, Leamington Spa
Sonargaon, Whitechapel, London
Best Curry Takeaways of the year
Love Curry, Cardiff
Fusion Foods, Markate, St Albans
Mya’s Spicery, Morpeth, Northumberland
Bombay Spice, Bonnyrigg, Scotland
Aroma, Wilmslow, Cheshire
Pink Chilliz, Canvey Island, Essex
Chutney Express, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham
Best Customer’s Choice of the year
Himalaya, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Three Spices, Ruddington, Nottingham
Haweli Restaurant, Ealing
Best Curry House Supplier of the year
Sardar Food Products
Matt Bushby, the UK Marketing Director for Just Eat, added: “We are thrilled to sponsor the Curry Life Awards, celebrating one of our most treasured and iconic industries; one that has helped so many communities in so many ways over the last 18 months.
We are delighted to play a part in showcasing the hard work and imagination of chefs and owners who continue to improve and impress in producing fantastic, value-for-money and creative cooking.
Our congratulations go to all of those who have won awards. You fully deserve them for standing out in this excitingly crowded and competitive industry.”
Commenting on the importance of the awards, President of the CBI and Chairman of Cobra Beer, Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, said: “Like many business sectors over the past couple of years, the hospitality industry has been through the ringer because of the Covid pandemic.
“It is great to see it not only emerging from this dark period but also leading the way for other business sectors. Now that the economy is gathering momentum, it is truly heart-warming and instructive to hear of some of the stories of innovation, and pure hard work, emerging from this year’s Curry Life Awards.
“Well done to Curry Life for once again throwing a spotlight onto these examples of best practice and the brilliant people behind them.”
The Curry Life Awards celebrate the unique fusion cuisine of Indian food in the UK and are part of a wider organisation that organises the British Curry Festival around the world.
The editor of Curry Life Media Group, Syed Belal Ahmed, said: “Over the years we have been staging the awards, we have seen a major stepping up of standards and quality being offered to customers-to the point where several restaurants are in a position to challenge for accolades such as Michelin stars.
“One of the major aims of the awards has always been to highlight best practice going on across the country – so that everyone has the opportunity to learn from the best – and that indeed has always been a driving principle behind Curry Life itself.
Other guests at the event included: Gaggan Mahindra MP, Aaron Bell MP, Greg Smith, Charlotte Nicols MP, Wes Streeting MP, Celebrity Chef Atul Kochhar, Dominic Chapman and Mridula Baljejkhar.
The Curry Life raised over £2,000 for the British Asian Trust at this year’s Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner.