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News & Views College aims to help easy curry crisis

Spice restaurateurs are facing very serious problems due to a tighten- ing of immigration laws. Throughout the country, restaurants are strug- gling with a staffing crisis, as they are no longer able to bring in trained chefs from the sub-continent to fill vacancies. Bradford College is hoping to help fill the gap with a range of courses which are now available through its new International Food Academy. The specialist courses in Asian and International cuisine offer a range of qualifications, from Apprenticeships, to Degree programmes. The College is working in partner- ship with OK’s Academy to create the courses, on which the curry chefs of the future will be trained by local chefs. It will not just be local talent that will be nurtured. Students are also coming in from abroad to be trained at the Academy.

A special launch event took place this May, with chefs from Bradford-based restaurants such as Omar Khan’s Akbars, Nawaab, Mumtaz, Aagrah and Prashad. They joined the team at the International Food Academy to prepare and cook signature dishes featured in their award winning restaurants. Dis- tinguished guests at the launch also included MP Mr Gerry Sutcliffe, Labour MP for Bradford South and former Leader of Bradford Council.

The Head of the International Food Academy, Graham Fleming con- cluded, “I think it’s an absolute superb opportunity for Bradford to shine. Hopefully we will spread good prac- tise across the country, emanating out from Bradford. Recently there have been a number of restaurant chains that began in Bradford and have now become national chains. We want to mirror that success with the launch of

the Academy, helping to create award winning chefs of the future!”

High street restaurants expand their share

Restaurants, pubs and cafes now account for almost a third of independent high street shops in the UK, according to data collated by small busi- ness insurance firm Simply This category now makes up 31 per cent of high street businesses, an increase of 2 per cent compared with 2008 figures

Not surprisingly, London has the highest number of restaurants in the UK, accounting for 11 per cent of all high street businesses in the region. This is 5 per cent higher than the national aver- age, the survey says.

Spice Business Magazine


July/August 2011

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