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I am sure those readers who attended Europe. The event is fast becoming the shows it is the highest accolade in our
the fifth British Curry Awards will ‘World’ curry awards, not just a British business.
agree that they were the best yet. celebration, and perhaps we will have While the British Curry Awards 2009
David Cameron’s presence was a great to have an international category next will long remain in the memory as a
honour and his speech clearly had a year! time of happiness, there is a tinge of
great impact. BCA 2009 had more guests than ever sadness as well. As many of you will
Many people who do not usually vote before, with 1600 people packed into know Vijay Bhagotra of the Bokhara
The Conservatives will probably be Battersea Park. We could have sold Brasserie unfortunately passed away
reconsidering their position after hear- even more seats to be honest such was the very next day after receiving his
ing his heartfelt words. They really did the demand. (If I could have leaked out award. The last words he spoke to me
strike a chord with the audience who news that David Cameron was speak- were to invite me and David Cameron
appreciated the praise he gave to our ing I think I could have filled the whole to his restaurant. My condolences go
industry. Of course we still have to of Battersea Park!) to his widow and children.
persuade whatever government is This year a lot of people tried to book
elected to support our industry with at the eleventh hour, with the phone After the drama of the Awards we
deeds, and not just words, but this was in the Spice Business office ringing approach the important festive season,
a big step forward. incessantly. There was a lot of pres- and I hope that all spice restaurants
While having the leader of a major sure on staff, and we had to have a enjoy a successful trading period. I
political party speak to us was a waiting list, which upset some people. would also like to wish readers of Spice
first, thanks must go to all the politi- My suggestion is book well in advance Business a Merry Christmas, Happy
cians who attended. Their support is next year if you want to come, to avoid New Year and a joyous Eid Ul Adha.
appreciated. disappointment.
Another thing that was different this Thanks must go to all participants
year was the distance many guests and to the judges who did a great job
travelled just to be at the show. We had in selecting the winners. Restaurants
people coming from Dubai, Qatar, the clearly appreciate the value of this
United States, and many countries in award and do their best to win it, which
Spice Business Magazine 3 November | December 2009
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