The heat was turned up when the battle to find Britain’s best curry was hosted in the restaurant and kitchens of Cambridge Regional College.
Battle to find Britain’s best curry is hosted at Cambridge Regional College
Nine of the finest regional chefs went head to head in the contest which was filmed for a cookery show on Channel S, a popular UK-based TV channel targeting the British Bangladeshi community.
Among the judging panel was Head of Department for Catering and Hospitality, Graham Taylor, who helped pick winners for the Asian Restaurant and Take Away Awards 2019, known as ARTA.
Graham said: “It is a great honour to host these prestigious awards for the second year with some of the finest curry chefs in the country. We all learn from each other on the day too which is brilliant.”
Mohammed Munim is founder of the ARTA contest, where around 2,400 businesses are nominated by customers. Judges choose the best contestants to compete in regional finals, such as the eastern one at Cambridge Regional College.
Judges then pick the national winners from the regional heats by looking for fine cuisine, creativity, quality food, quality customer service and great value for money.
Contestants are given 45 minutes to create a balanced meal which are given the taste-test by judges.
Invited to watch the culinary talent in action, were winners from 2018, including local curry master, Kosru Miah, of the Curry Palace in Cottenham.
Kosru, who won best restaurant of 2018, said: “When we won this competition last year our telephones went crazy. Customers were having to book two months in advance and people came from as far away as London, Leicester and Ipswich to come and eat at our restaurant!”
Mushfiqur Rahman, of Bhaijaans restaurant in Sutton Coldfield, who won Chef of the Year 2018, was invited to watch the 2019 contestants create their dishes. He said: “It’s a great honour to be part of this contest. There is tough competition out there. These chefs come from all over the country and are the best of the best!”
Mushfiqur added that a good chef will never stop learning and said curry fans cooking their own dishes at home should always use best quality ingredients, buy whole spices from a local Asian supermarket and never be tempted to take short cuts.
Cambridge Regional College is one of the country's top 20 apprenticeship providers and a leading business and professional training provider, as well as one of the largest and most successful further education colleges in the UK. It has nearly 3,500 apprentices currently in training and works with 1,500 local, regional and national employers.