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BBC2 series ‘Indian Food Made Easy’ and one of the first
writers to create Indian recipes catering for the health-
conscious cook, was the Personality of the Year and
Sanjay Anand, boss of Asian outside catering operation
Madhu’s, who provided the food for the British Curry
Awards dinner, received a special Recognition Award for
Catering.

This year’s British Curry Awards winners were chosen
from a record 40,000 public nominations covering more
than 2,700 restaurants. The Judging panel included
Clive Woodbridge, Peter Grove, James Whale, Daniel
Steck, Arthur Davies and Robert Hughes.

Clive Woodbridge says, “This year it was more difficult than ever to separate those nominated for the top awards, but we were helped by
visiting many of the restaurants which enabled us to make informed judgements about the quality of food, ambience and service, for example.
Almost all the restaurants that I visited were very good, and with attention to detail the majority could become genuinely excellent. This has to
be the aim of the industry as it battles against the recession, and something that the British Curry Awards aims to encourage.”

Awards were presented by various well-known figures, including Max Clifford, Rageh Omaar, Chris Grayling MP and Sir Gulam Noon among
others, while Chris Tarrant OBE made an emotional and heart-felt appeal for the chosen charity of British Curry Awards 2009, the Lord’s
Taverners. In all, thanks to the generosity of guests, who came from far and wide, including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Qatar, and Dubai, to
attend the event, more than £11,000 was raised.

This was boosted by two particular donations, from Barclays Commercial, whose Guildford & Gatwick team gave £750 and Mr Sattar on behalf
of his customers and team of Haweli of Twyford, who gave £962.

Chris Tarrant , President of The Lord’s Taverners, says, “Many thanks to our friends at the British Curry Awards for selecting The Lord’s Tavern-
ers, my favourite charity, as this year’s event beneficiary. The Lord’s Taverners is one of the UK’s leading youth sports and disability charities
and we believe that sport and recreation are essential for young people. Our charitable mission is to give a ‘sporting chance’ to young people
in need; those who through physical, mental, social or economic disadvantage, not of their own making, would otherwise miss out.”

Guests at the Awards were kept well entertained by the
dancers, Karan and his K Spark troupe, and the singer
Porosh Moni. Both gave outstanding and memorable
performances.

Tribute must also be paid to the producer and director
of the awards, Justine Ali, who managed to combine the
arduous and daunting task with starting her university
career. To organise such an event, and to address such a
large gathering including David Cameron, deserves praise
indeed.

A final word of praise to Trevor McDonald, who kept the
awards night on schedule with the right tempo. He is a true
professional, and it showed!
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