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Luton food festival wows the crowds
Thousands of residents enjoyed a day the Mayor of Luton, Councillor
of food, fun and sunshine at the first Mohammed Riaz. Kelvin Hopkins
Taste of Luton Cultural Food Festival. MP for Luton North and Lord Bill
The event, which was attended by McKenzie both attended.
around 7000 people, celebrated the
food and entertainment of Luton’s It is hoped that Taste of Luton will
diverse culture. become an annual event. It was
organised as part of Luton’s con-
More than 30 local restaurants and tribution to the Cultural Olympiad
food producers took part, both selling which is taking place across the
their wares and offering free tasters country, encouraging commu-
to show off the food that is available nities to hold events that bring
across the Bedfordshire town. together cultural activities to
ensure that the 2012 Olympic and
The event was officially opened by Oli Paraolympic Games can be cel-
Khan, from Stevenage Surma, and ebrated by everyone.
MYO gains
further recognition
The latest accolade for Coventry’s MYO Restaurant, located in
the old Fire Station in the city centre, has come from Quality
Food Online, which has awarded the restaurant a certificate
in recognition of its continued dedication to excellence in the
standards of service and quality. Head chef and co-owner of
MYO, Rois Ali, says, “This new award has came totally out of
the blue and I feel honoured to receive it.”
Coventry’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Jack Harrison took time
out of his busy schedule to present Rois with the award.
Celebrity couple snap up stake
in restaurant group
Actress and entrepreneur, Shilpa to expand the Tiffinbites restaurants,
Shetty and her fiancé, entrepreneur concessions and franchises in London
Raj Kundra have taken a 33% stake in and abroad. Global expansion for V8
V8 Gourmet Group. This is the larg- includes the opening of two Tiffinbites
est Indian restaurant group in the UK, casual dining and shopping mall dining
and encompasses The Bombay Bicycle formats in Dubai and Jordan. The com-
Club Kitchens, Tiffinbites, Vama and pany also plans to open a second Vama
Gourmet Creations brands. Restaurant in Holland Park in London.

The £6m investment will be used to The investment will, furthermore,
expand the company’s Bombay Bicycle result in the launch of Shilpa Shetty’s
Club Kitchens delivery service, which Gourmet Creations range of meals,
currently has 15 delivery kitchens in chutneys and pickles.
the UK. It will also enable the company
Spice Business Magazine 10 November | December 2009
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