Thrapston chef curries favour from judges

Masum Afruz, Manager of Bengal Brasserie, Winner Chef Ferdous Ahmed, Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Newscaster Sian Williams
Masum Afruz, Manager of Bengal Brasserie, Winner Chef Ferdous Ahmed, Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Newscaster Sian Williams
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A chef at a Thrapston restaurant has been voted one of the best for curry in the UK at the 2013 Curry Chef of the Year Awards held at the Lancaster Hotel, London.

Chef Ferdous Ahmed, who runs the Bengal Brasserie in the Bullring, was one of 44 chefs to receive official recognition for their contribution to an industry worth more than £4.2 billion a year.

Chef Ahmed said: “I am very proud with my achievement. A successful business is a team effort so this award is for everyone I work with.”

Guests at the event included secretary of state Eric Pickles, renowned economist Lord Meghnad Desai and Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer and one of the award’s longest standing sponsors.

Kamrul Hasan Rashel, who runs the Royal Tandoori Restaurant in Rockingham Road, Corby, was another chef to be recognised at the awards.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “Asian Cuisine plays such an important role in our national life, so it’s right that we celebrate and recognise the great achievements of this industry and I congratulate all of the winning chefs of a Curry Life Award.”

Syed Belal Ahmed, Editor of Curry Life Magazine, said: “Our award winners have all demonstrated the exemplary standards of service and innovation in the British Curry Industry. And all of them should be deservedly proud of their achievements.”