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News & Views National Curry Week launched

The dates of the 14th National Curry Week 2011, which aims to raise the profile of the cuisine and at the same time raise much needed money for the malnourished and disaster-stricken of the world, have been confirmed. National Curry Week will take place from 9 – 15 October this year, leading up to World Hunger Day, and will be supported by a group of partners, the first to sign up being Cobra Beer and takeaway specialist Curries Online.

The centrepiece of the event will again be Curry Capital of Britain, with nine- teen cities invited to compete to try

and rest the crown from current title holder Glasgow. This time there is an added incentive, as the winner of the title will be Curry Capital of Britain during London Olympic year. Organiser and founder Peter Grove says, “I am sure this will be the best National Curry Week yet and hope every curry fan in Britain gets involved.”

For the first time the 2011 event will be featuring ‘Dine in’ as well as ‘Dine out‘ events, so whether you get your curry from restaurant, takeaway, supermar- ket or even cook your own, you will be able to join in.

For details visit, or contact Peter Grove, National Curry Week, Tel : 020 8399 4831 email :

N-Ice to see you!

N-Ice, which is claimed to be the world’s first gourmet restaurant serv- ing fine frozen food, including signature dishes from Benares’ Atul Kochhar and ‘Something for the Weekend’’s Simon Rimmer, is to open for one week in London from 8th-12th August 2011.

The ‘pop up’ restaurant is a joint collab- oration between British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) and Westminster Kingsway College and aims to alter perceptions of frozen food. Everything served within the restaurant will be

frozen, and Atul Kochhar says, “There’s been an unfair stigma associated with frozen food for a long time and N-Ice has been purposefully designed to challenge frozen’s image. Its qual- ity has improved dramatically over the years and it is now on a par with - and sometimes better than - chilled equivalents.”

Décor at the restaurant, which will be located at 76 Vincent Square, Victoria, will match the frozen theme, and will include frosty sculptures, frozen trees

and snowflake table dressings. Service will be run by lecturers and chefs from Westminster Kingsway College.

N-Ice guests will be invited to make a minimum donation of £10 for a three- course meal and £10 for a bottle of wine. All proceeds from the sale of food and wine will go towards funding the college, whose students go on to work in some of the UK’s finest eating establishments.

Rolf makes his mark

Rolf Harris recently caused a stir when he visited Lichfield’s Eastern Eye restaurant. Owner Abdul Salam says, “He had heard about it from the media and all of the customers were very impressed. They all wanted to meet him personally and he was very friendly.”

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For Abdul it was a trip down memory lane as when he opened his first res- taurant in 1976, Rolf had come along on the first day. Abdul adds,”It made me so happy to see him again after all these years. Lichfield is such a small place that I never expected this so it was nice for me to serve him in my restaurant.”

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