UK’s finest curry houses by Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA) spiced up the night on December 6, 2011 with a fusion of Bollywood and Contemporary entertainment that pleased guest palates and left audiences wanting more.
With the introduction of the new award category BCA Chef of the Year in recognition of the heavy burden that has been placed on the Curry industry and the demands for the accreditation of chefs, BCA have announced The Chef of the Year Winners chosen from around the country, the winners are: Azizur Rahman of Jolsha, Marton, Middlesborough, Kauser Hussain of Flames Eastern Cuisine, Penkridge, Tipu Rahman of Tamarind Restaurant, Northampton, Mohammed Jitu Miah of Dhan Shiri Indian Cuisine, Burnham on Crouch, Akmal Ali of Maharaja Restaurant, Benfleet, Gias Uddin of Spice Paradise, Malborough, Abul Monsur of Taj Cuisine, Chatham, Kent, Shahidur Choudhury of Raj Pavilion, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Moni Das of Mem Saheb on Thames Restaurant, Docklands, London, Mohamad Asrar of Bengal Clipper, Butlers Wharf, London, Mohammed Nazrul Islam Miah of Ruhith Restaurant, London, Motin Rashid Khan of Itihaas Restaurant, Edinburgh.
Besides, the winners of the coveted BCA Caterer of the Year 2011 are Shuhel Ahmed, The Spice Island, County Durham, Gulam Muktadir, Double Tree Indian Restaurant, Fullwood, Preston, Sadiq Miah, Kaben, Quarry Bank, West Midlands, Robby Malique, Melford Valley Tandoori, Long Melford, Sudbury, Mohammed Jitu Miah, Dhan Shiri Indian Cuisine, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, Manik Miah, Maharani Indian Cuisine, Ipswich, Suffolk, Syed Abdul Wahid, The Jaipur Palace Restaurant, Plymouth, Rezaul Kabir Raja, The Raja of Kent, St Michaels, Kent, Riaz Ali of Alishan Restaurant, Tonbridge, Kent, Mosud Ahmed, Café Tusk, Fareham, Hampshire, Amirul Islam, Indian Fusion, Tower Bridge Road, London, Abdul Khalique Chowdhury, Forest of India, Abbots Langley, Abdur Rahman, Chillies Indian Restaurant, Pontarddulais, Swansea, Ahad Sheik, Nazma Tandoori, Aberdeen. The BCA Honour of the Year Awards went to Mr. Talukdar Abdul Khalique, Keith Vaz MP and Luftar Rahman – The Mayor of Tower Hamlets.
ITV’s Daybreak presenter Tasmin Lucia Khan agitated the award ceremony in presence of an audience of 1000 plus guests, which includes a host of Dignitaries, Celebrities, Parliamentarians and the Crème de la Crème of the Curry Elite. Attending the event, among others, were Rt. Hon Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and the recipients of last year’s BCA Golden Jubilee Honor Awards Anne Main MP and Rushnara Ali MP.
On the eve of this auspicious occasion BCA president Bajloor Rashid said, we are a community built on the curry industry, with the blood, sweat and tears of manual workers, each of whom were proud to do what they did. Perhaps as a nation we need to give our kitchen-staffs the recognition they deserve and improve the perception and social standing of manual workers.
Chief Guest of the night Rt. Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State Communities and Local Government spoke of his appreciation for the contribution from the Curry Industry to the culture of Britain.
BCA Awards 2011 were supported by many delegates, MP’s, VIP’s and valuable sponsors- Cobra Beer, Kansara’s, Jaguar, Kingfisher Airlines, Ghandi Oriental Foods, Euro Foods, Media Partners Sony Entertainment Television Asia, Channel S and Chosen Charity Islamic Relief.