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curry and is keen to develop his reper- toire and continue his curry education as Patak’s Official Curry Taster.” Richard will be involved at the forefront of Patak’s new product development in their innovation kitchen, where he will try dozens of new dishes and have a say in the creation of new products.


After much deliberation, following hundreds of entries from British curry fans, Patak’s has revealed that its Official Curry Taster of 2013 is Richard Beesley from Tonbridge in Kent. A statement from Patak’s said:”Richard has been selected as the winner as he lives and breathes curry. His love of curry started at university as he found it an easy way to use leftovers and it has since become a huge part of his family and social life. He loves to cook

addition to this, he will receive batches of curries to his doorstep throughout the year to taste and offer his feedback on.

The prize also includes a year’s supply of Patak’s products, enough to make hundreds of curries for friends and family. To top it all off Anjali Pathak, the grand-daughter of the Pathak’s family, will visit Richard’s home and hold an Indian cooking masterclass, preparing an Indian feast for Richard and his friends to enjoy. Richard says, “I use my curry making

skills to impress my wife at least a few times a week and my friends at least once a month. Patak’s has revolu- tionised the way I eat curry, as I don’t have to rely on the local takeaway and even though I can’t cook anything else, I can cook a fantastic curry thanks to Patak’s.”

Richard’s eldest child is autistic and he regularly makes curries for the other parents and children in this group. “I really feel like it brings us all together. It is much healthier for my body and my bank balance since I’ve discovered cooking with Patak’s instead of getting takeaways or eating out,” he adds. This is the first time that Patak’s have invited a member of the public to play a part in developing its range. Anjali says, “We are all very excited to see what he has to contribute and feedback to us.”

Copycat closure leaves customers in the lurch

Sanjay Majhu, owner of Harlequin Restaurants, which runs the Ashoka chain, has spent years trying to stop the Ashoka in Glasgow’s Elderslie Street using the name. However now the copycat restaurant has closed down, leaving customers with discount vouchers and others who have paid deposits for big bookings in the lurch.

Sanjay says, “This restaurant is not and was never part of our group but customers are constantly coming into our restaurants with Groupon vouch- ers which are nothing to do with us.” Siroos Bavarsagh who owned the ‘other’ Ashoka is believed to be facing bankruptcy.

New addition to Belfast scene

Mumbai 27 is the latest addition to Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, home to many thriving bars and restaurants. However Belfast does not have many curry eateries, so this is a welcome development for the city.

The restaurant, owned by Ripon Spice Business Magazine

Biswas, uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients where possible and no artificial colours or preservatives. Located in a listed building, it retains old brickwork and external character combined with modern decor inside. Mr Biswas has worked in restaurants across the world and spent five years


in Mumbai’s Taj Restaurant, rising from the position of kitchen porter to curry chef. However, he consid- ers Northern Ireland to be his home. “My favourite place has always been Belfast. I’m delighted to have opened my first business here and look forward to spicing up the city,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

January/February 2013

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