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Mayfair’s Chor Bizarre, which in August kicked-off its month long 15th anniversary celebrations with a special fundraising dinner in support of the Asian Restaurant Skill Board. In attendance at the event was the Hon. Don Foster MP, Minister for Integration at the Department of Communities and Local Government and Iqbal Wahhab OBE, Founder of Tandoori Magazine, The Cinnamon Club and Roast and the Chairman of the Asian Restaurant Skills Board. Also at the event were a number of VIPs, including Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, the Maharani of Jaipur and London’s leading hair stylist and salon owner, Paul Edmonds. Guests at the event were


treated to a three-course lunch accompanied by live Bollywood


music. Proceeds from the £50 per head event were given to the Asian Restaurant Skills Board charity. The event was hosted by Rohit Khattar, the chairman of Old World Hospitality which operates Chor Bizarre. Opening the evening he pointed out that it is difficult to bring in chefs from India due to the strict immigration policies. However, he said, “With the launch of the new initiative we have been able to fill a much needed hole in our business, and what’s more, we are giving someone from the UK the opportunity to prosper and learn in the workplace at a time when jobs are hard to come by. We are so pleased with our new apprentices Ranbir and Aaron who have been a delight to mentor and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the Asian Restaurant Skills Board.” n


Scottish chain extends World Buffet network


COOK and Indi’s World Buffet, a rapidly expanding restaurant chain in Scotland, has opened its fourth and latest outlet in Bishopbriggs. Cook and Indi’s World Buffet offers five different cuisines - Indian, Japanese, Sushi, Chinese and Italian - and over 100 dishes. Cook Gill, co-founder of the


restaurant, said: “The idea behind our World Buffet is to bring together various cuisines from different parts of the world so that when families are dining out there’s no need for an argument about which restaurant to go to, because we offer food to suit everyone’s tastes!” n


Spice aid for premature babies


RESEARCH into turmeric, a key ingredient of curry, has found that it contains the chemical curcumin which can help protect the lungs of pre-term babies. Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute


lead researcher Dr Virender K Rehan said: “Curcumin is known to have potent anti- inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it a promising therapy for premature infants who require oxygen therapy after birth.” n


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