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Left to right: Two representatives from the BCA with Abdul Chowdhury, his wife Ayesha, his daughter Farhana, and Daybreak presenter Tasmin Khan.


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Forest of India wins top award local businessman is celebrating his


restaurant in the village scooping a


prestigious catering award. Abdul Chowdhury owns the Forest of India in


the High Street, which was announced as the winner in the Caterer of the Year 2011 section of the Bangladesh Caterers‘ Association (BCA) UK. The awards are the Indian food equivalent of


winning an Oscar and Mr Chowdhury was presented with a similar looking golden statue in December. BCA represents thousands of British


Bangladeshi restaurants in the UK which make up the vast majority of the nation‘s curry houses. The 55-year-old, father-of-four told My


Abbots News of his pride in knowing his restaurant had been chosen from more than 1,000 which had entered the competition. He said: ―I am extremely proud, humbled and


honoured that our restaurant was chosen because the competition was very strong. ―Our section was the last to be announced and


I was very nervous but when they opened the envelope and said ‗the winner is the Forest of India‘ I was overjoyed. I had lots of family and friends with me not to mention some of my regular customers who I invited along.‖ As part of the judging process the restaurant


was visited numerous times as experts checked out every detail of the business including food, organisation and its accounts. Mr Chowdhury, of Summerhouse Way, has


had a long journey to success. ―I began as a waiter in this business at the age of 28, but through hard work and the support of a wonderful family I‘ve done quite well. ―I want to thank my lovely wife Ayesha, my


children, my staff and of course the customers of the Forest of India who have supported us over the years.‖


by Jerry Lyons


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