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thing special about these awards – and it’s not just the great food. It’s what they say about our country.” He argued that curry restaurants show the country’s capacity for enterprise, with over 9,000 of them employing more than 100,00 people and turning over £3 bil- lion a year. “It’s this sort of dynamism we need if we are going to get our economy back to full strength,” noted Mr Cameron, who also pointed out that our curry res- taurants reflect the diversity of British soci- ety today. “Each is a melting pot in itself, bringing together people from different backgrounds, religions and cultures to share food and have a good time. They show what an open-minded country this


is and we should be very proud of that,” he wrote.


The BCA founder, and editor of Spice Business magazine, Enam Ali MBE also took to the stage to deliver a message of wel- come and to highlight some of the con- cerns of the industry. He said, “This is the sixth year of the British Curry Awards and, in many ways has been the most difficult for our industry. Although the economy has emerged from recession, there is still a great deal of uncertainty and nervousness in the air. “


Turning to the issue of the day - the immi- gration cap - Enam suggested that this was


something that the industry could make work. ”The British Curry Awards have done a lot to raise the image of our industry within our communities and we’re determined to use that to encourage a new generation of UK-born and educated Asians to come into the restaurant business. For us the cap fits, and we’re happy to wear it!”


However he argued there are aspects of the system that need changing, top of the list being the language test. ”We need chefs with cooking skills, not English lan- guage skills. What is the point of having a chef who can speak perfectly good English, if he can’t cook a decent curry?” he said.


Aziz Ur Rahman and family (Aziz), Peter Jones (Dragon’s Den), Nick


Beresford (P&G Professional) and Justin Lee Collins


Hardeep Singh Kohli, Cook Gill & guest (Ashoka Johnstone), Gez Williams (Westmill Foods) and Justin


Chowdhury, Monchab Ali & guest (Bengal Dynasty) and Justin


J. C. Gandhi (GOF), Anwar


(Bombay Brasserie), James Whale (LBC 97.3) and Justin


Luthfur Rahman (Executive Mayor for Tower Hamlets), Arun Harnal


Shankar Anand, H.E. Dr Mohammad Sayeedur Rahman Khan (HC


Bangladesh), Gulu & Dipna Anand (Brilliant) and Justin


The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP,


Sperring (The Chilli Pickle) and Justin


Gosia Manka (O2), Gary Rhodes (celebrity chef), Alun & Dawn


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