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News & Views South Asian Chef Competition 2012

Seven chefs from across the UK con- tested the finals of the UK South Asian Chef Competition (SACC) 2012, which was held at International Food & Travel Studio in Bradford last October. The winner was Amardeep Singh, Executive Chef of Endimaj Restaurant in Leicester, who swept the board by winning two prizes. His dishes were given a Special Award in the Innovation category while he won the overall Chef of the Year prize as well.

Amardeep was a quarter finalist in the BBC Professional Master Chef Competition 2010 and has worked in high profile establishments through- out the Asian Sub continent. Runner- up was Mushfiqur Rahman of Deli 6 in Sutton Coldfield while in third place was Kevin Hughes of Flannels in Leeds.

Healthy cooking from Mushtaq

One of Scotland’s leading Indian chefs, Ajmal Mushtaq, demonstrated the healthy side of Indian cuisine when he cooked live at the BBC Good Food Show 2012 in Glasgow, serving up Punjabi lamb chops with mint chutney.

This is the third year in a row that Chef Ajmal, who runs Mustaqs restaurant in Hamilton, has been invited to demonstrate at the BBC Good Food Show. James Martin, The

Hairy Bikers, MasterChef judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace were just some of the well known names passing on their skills, kitchen secrets and recipes at the event.

After his display Ajmal said, “The focus was on dispelling the myth that eating Indian food is unhealthy. The audience were amazed at how simple and healthy the ingredients were.”

The SACC event is hosted and organised by the Aagrah group and is supported by Kingfisher, LWC, Cobra and Pepsi and Bradford College. SACC, which aims to encourage chefs to be creative and adventurous with their own recipes, is open to professional chefs able to produce South Asian Cuisine from all culinary and cultural backgrounds currently working in restaurants, hotels and for food manufacturers. This year’s lucky win- ners were awarded their trophies at Aagrah’s 30th Annual Charity Business Dinner, hosted by TV personality, newsreader and broadcaster, Mary Nightingale, to a packed audience of 400 business guests at the Aagrah Midpoint Suite.

Troops curry favour

The Bristol Nights takeaway restau- rant has sent a curry on a 3,000 mile journey to feed UN peace-keeping troops in Sudan after the owner learned that one of his regular customers was

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missing his Friday night treat. First Private Haseem Ali - who comes in for a curry at least once a week when back home - sent a fax saying he wanted to order a curry for all of his comrades.


Private Ali did not expect the restau- rant to take his order seriously, but the Army then helped the chef to deliver the dishes by plane.

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