Thrapston chef curries favour at national awards

From left, Anisul Choudhury, Press & Publicity Secretary,Ferdause Ahmed of the Bengal Brasserie in Thrapston, Taz Choudhury, managing director Channel S, Gregg Wallace and Tasmin Lucia Khan
From left, Anisul Choudhury, Press & Publicity Secretary,Ferdause Ahmed of the Bengal Brasserie in Thrapston, Taz Choudhury, managing director Channel S, Gregg Wallace and Tasmin Lucia Khan
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A chef from Thrapston is celebrating being served national recognition for the quality of his curry.

Ferdause Ahmed, head chef at the Bengal Brasserie in the town, was handed a chef of the year gong at the Bangladeshi Caterers Association Awards in London on Sunday.

He received his prize from Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace and TV presenter Tasmin Lucia-Khan.

Mr Ahmed, who has been at the restaurant for about two-and-a-half years, said: “We had a really good time and I was very happy to win the award.”

Asked what the secret of his success was, he added: “We do use a lot of local stuff. Judges are really pleased to see those sorts of things.

“It’s really hard work and all my colleagues work really hard as well.

“Our customers seem really happy, which is nice to see. It makes me really proud.”

Bengal Brasserie, which also came second in the Spice Restaurant of the Year at the 2014 Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards last month, has an open kitchen – something Mr Ahmed believes helps staff interact with their customers.

Labour leader Ed Miliband, the chief guest, said: “These are incredibly important awards, because they honour a community and a set of restaurants that are at the heart of every street and every neighbourhood in our country.”

Established in 1960, the Bangladesh Caterers Association today represents more than 12,000 British Bangladeshi restaurants and takeaways – an industry employing about 80,000 people.