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Dear Editor institutions, doing an exemplary job for I suggest that British Curry Awards
our community in general and restau- state categorically in the website that
I recently attended the British Curry rateurs in particular. online booking will be confirmed only
Awards 2009 and it was my first time The British Curry Awards, aptly called after payment for seats. This will
at the yearly awards ceremony. On my the Oscars of the curry industry, have remove any uncertainty in connection
table there were some restaurateurs become a role model. It is precisely for with online booking.
complaining that the same restaurant this reason that I would like to share My congratulations for staging yet
had won the award for third succes- with him through this letter of mine another spectacular awards cere-
sive year. They sounded frustrated and one of my concerns. mony. Keep it up!
angry. Some vested quarters are staging par-
But Brazil has won the World Cup more allel awards, which are at best make- Yours sincerely
times than any other country, and the shift arrangements. They are using Noman Ahmed
West Indies cricket team dominated these as a double-edged sword. On
the world continuously for a quarter the one hand they are trying to steal
century. I would feel proud to be just the limelight by imitation. On the other Dear Editor
in the same tournament as Brazil or to they are selling awards to undeserv-
play against West Indies even though I ing restaurants. This could be another I attended British Curry Awards 2009
lost.You have to be better than Brazil or damaging blow to the state of the spice at Battersea Evolution. I have been to
West Indies to beat them. Competitions restaurant business already riddled a number of curry awards ceremo-
are not elections, where a President with a world of problems. Gullible nies, but I must say the British Curry
cannot serve for more than two terms. diners will be disillusioned with these Awards is way ahead of them all. It is
I have been to one of the restaurants in award-winning restaurants and good- not at all an overstatement when the
London that won an award. I must con- will could be lost. media call it the Oscars of the curry
fess the experience was mind blowing Perhaps there is a need for an inde- industry - it had all the grandeur and
– everything from food to service to pendent body to oversee such events? spectacle of a Hollywood Oscars show,
ambience. They truly deserve the top glittering with celebrities.
spot. Hats off to British Curry Award Yours sincerely But it was disappointing to find some
judges! Faizur Razzaq restaurateurs not dressed in black
Such restaurateurs need to be edu- suit and black tie when the dress code
cated in the spirit of competition, was clearly mentioned at the back of
although it may take some time for Dear Editor the tickets. They became objects of
them to understand the concept. Such curiosity in what was a black tie dinner.
is life! I booked seats online from the British They do not realise perhaps that their
Curry Awards website for this year’s insensitivity gives a bad name to our
Yours sincerely ceremony and they were confirmed. community. It is my appeal to them to
Anisur Rahman But when I went there I was told there groom and dress for the occasion. I
were no seats for me because I had not hope not to see any infringement of the
made payment for them. Jeffrey Ali, dress code at the next British Curry
Dear Editor the son of the founder of British Curry Awards.
Awards, helped me though, so could
I have been a regular reader of Spice enjoy the spectacle with my family, Yours sincerely
Business Magazine for years. I have which was an experience of a lifetime. Lutfur Rashid
also attended all the British Curry I found some other people who had
Awards ceremonies. It is nice to see also booked online were experienc-
Mr Enam Ali, the founder of both these ing the same problem as me. Might
Spice Business Magazine 52 November | December 2009
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