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Colchester A dinner fit for Heroes


A CHARITY dinner held at recently opened Priya’s in Bishop Auckland in County Durham, has raised £755 for Help for Heroes. The event, in July this year, was supported by the South Durham Enterprise Agency and was well attended by local


businesses, which also donated prizes for a raffle. Bishop Auckland county councillor Joy Allen said: “It was a


really splendid evening at Priya’s, where we celebrated both the launch of the new restaurant and raised funds for the very well deserving charity Help for Heroes.” n


Charity is Mint-ed


AROUND £2,000 was recently raised for local charity, the Dorothy House Hospice, at a curry night in Bath. Bathavon Rotary Club joined forces with the Mint Room to raise funds for essential new equipment for the charity. The Rotary Club paid tribute to the generosity of Moe Rahman,


proprietor of the Mint Room. Around 90 guests enjoyed a three- course dinner and took part in a challenging, but fun quiz, helping to generate much needed funds for the worthwhile cause. n


MASUM Ahmed of Tandoori Villa has been voted Colchester’s top curry chef in a competition organised by Colchester Borough Council in partnership with the Colchester Institute. Second behind Masum Ahmed was Riaz Uddin of Jhaal, third was Amad Uddin of Bengal Spice and fourth was Ashraf Hussain of Ashiana Tandoories. The competition took place in the Colne Bistro, Colchester Institute and the finalists had to prepare one main curry dish, one side dish, and a rice dish, which were scored according to taste, aroma, texture and presentation


The main aim of the competition


was to engage with curry premises in the Borough and raise standards of hygiene in these businesses. A condition of entry into the competition was that the business must have a food hygiene rating of 3 or above. The competition judges included Beverley Jones, Head of Professional Services, Colchester Borough Council; Jon Pratt, Head of Centre for Hospitality and Salon Studies, Colchester Institute; Councillor Julia Havis; and Oli Khan, Senior Vice President of the Bangladesh Caterers Association. A score was also given for the hygiene practices observed during preparation and cooking and this element was scored by Martin Nelson, Food and Safety Manager, Colchester Borough Council. n


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