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News & Views Asha’s plans further global expansion

The internationally renowned Indian restaurant chain Asha’s recently announced plans to launch an addi- tional nine venues around the world by 2014. This news comes in the wake of the brand - which was first launched in Wafi, Dubai in 2002 by Indian music icon Asha Bhosle – receiving its twentieth culinary award.

The company will soon take its popu- lar concept to India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Hong Kong. It already has successful restaurants operating in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Kingdom, where there are also plans for further expansion.

Asha shows off her passion for north- west Indian cuisine by creating signa- ture dishes that are famed for delighting lovers of Indian cuisine. Stand-out options from her globally acclaimed menu include Nally Gosht, Tandoori Lobster, Chicken Jhalfrezi and – for dessert – specially prepared Gajar Ka Halwa and Mango Kulfi

The singer and entrepreneur com- mented: “Expanding the number of outlets was the logical step, given the success and popularity of our exist- ing restaurants around the world. I’m proud that Asha’s has rapidly become the leading choice among people of all nationalities who want quality Indian cuisine and an unforgettable experience.”

Raz appears on The Secret Millionaire

Arfan Razak – a Nottingham-based chef and entrepreneur popularly known around town as Raz – recently featured in an episode of the hit television series The Secret Millionaire. The show sees wealthy entrepreneurs going under- cover to visit underprivileged areas around the UK before deciding on proj- ects and individuals that they think could do with some financial help.

Raz, who owns The Curry Lounge in Nottingham, ended up giving sizeable sums of money to three well deserving charities in Oxford. Reflecting on his

time making the programme, the chef commented: “There were some very low periods during the experience, but I was so inspired by the kindness, self- lessness and wisdom of the people that I met.”

It was an emotional experience. “Viewers will find the people I meet very inspirational, especially their shocked but heart-warming responses when I surprise them with my real identity,” explained Raz, “I defy anyone watching the show not to shed a few tears.”

Getting a taste for learning

Pupils from Welland Primary School enjoyed a tasty learning opportu- nity when they visited a Bangladeshi restaurant , Pundits, in Upton-upon- Severn. Teacher Caroline Matthews was invited by the restaurant owner Sultan Chowdhury to bring a class to

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visit to help with their learning about different cultures and religions.

The youngsters were given the oppor- tunity to taste and try cooking many of the dishes from the restaurant’s menu, with the help of its head chef, Abdul


Akhtar, and the rest of the staff. Sultan Chowdhury had previously visited the school, which was praised for its strong cultural links during a recent Ofsted inspection, to help children to compare Christianity and Islam.

Sept/Oct 2012

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