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Welsh winner announced

The 2010 Welsh Curry House of the Year Awards, sponsored by Kingfisher lager, took place this March at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay, and Spice Cottage in Rhayader was named as the best curry house in Wales. Muhamad Rab, manager of Spice Cottage, was presented with the award by Wynfford James, Head of Food, Fisheries and Market Development for

the Welsh Assembly.

The Really Welsh Curry which Spice Cottage created especially for the competition, using Welsh leeks and lamb from the Elan Valley, will shortly be included on its main menu.

The other finalists in the competi- tion were Asia Indian Restaurant in Llandudno, Sopna in Caernarfon and Koh-i-Noor in Newport. All were judged on their presentation skills,

Edinburgh mosque kitchen shortlisted award

An Edinburgh mosque which provides meals for £4 served on paper plates has narrowly failed to win a top res- taurant award. Edinburgh Central Mosque’s kitchen was shortlisted in the best Indian restaurant category at this year’s Scottish Restaurant Awards. The top award in this category was won in the end by Mother India in Edinburgh, while the Dhakin and Thali in Glasgow were also shortlisted. Edinburgh Central Mosque’s kitchen is a charity venture near Edinburgh University and spokesman Mohammed

Akbar told the BBC Scotland news website that it took several phone calls before he believed his kitchen had been shortlisted. “Our secret to great food is only using olive oil and two-year-old basmati rice, because the older the rice the better it cooks,” he added. The mosque itself was opened in 1998 by King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who paid for 90 per cent of the building costs. Profits from its kitchen go towards charities in both Scotland and Pakistan.

the taste of their dish and their ability to cope under pressure. Incorporating Welsh ingredients was an impor- tant part of the final round of the competition.

Now in its fourth year, the competition saw Wales divided into three regions, with the winners of the three regional rounds going into the national final. The finalists were chosen by both independent judges and members of the public.

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