Naunits Gujarati Street Eats

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Channa Chaat Massala

It’s always great when you discover a new source of street food and we were lucky enough to come across Naunit’s Gujarati Street Eats this weekend on a visit to Bury Market. Specialising in a range of traditional vegetarian Gujarati snack foods I tried their Channa Chaat special which came served on top of a crushed samosa, all for the very reasonable price of £3.50. It was bloody lovely I have to say and the perfect lunchtime meal. Mildly spicy and with a hint of Tamarind this is a different recipe to the Channa Chaat I have made at home but it was much better so I am going to…

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Industry body moves to help those who have lost their jobs

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ceda, who represent over 100 companies involved in the catering equipment industry have launched a new initiative called ceda Retain. Alongside the headline job losses caused as well known restaurant chains such as Carluccio’s close, go additional job losses in the hospitality industry supply chain. Engineers, sales people, designers, admin teams all work in the catering equipment sector and as their employers lose customers due to the Covid crisis, job losses in these businesses are inevitable. This new initiative is designed to help those who have lost their jobs put their credentials in front of all ceda members who may have opportunities available. The process is simple. Those wishing to…

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Feature Profile: Chef Anjula Devi

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Chef Anjula Devi

It’s always great when we get to profile a chef and today we are lucky enough to hear about the career and working life of chef and author Anjula Devi. Well known for her recipe books, cookery school and charity work, Anjula has been kind enough to share several of her recipes with us. You can have a go yourself at cooking her classic chicken curry recipe and then let us know how you get along. We would love to hear how it turned out. Chef Anjula Devi is best known for her extensive knowledge of spices and for creating delicious authentic Indian cuisine. A respected food writer and author,…

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NRB Assist Help for Hospitality Businesses in the North

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If you are a hospitality business and need some help wading through the huge amount of help and information available, you might want to take a look at what the team at NRB are doing to help. Their Assist newsletter and website links you to much of the key sources in a well organised manner. You can take a look for yourself here.

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Asian Chefs honoured at House of Commons

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Scotland, Manchester and London Awards Launch Asian Catering Federation announces training and recruitment programme to tackle skills shortage Over 170 VIP guests attended a celebratory dinner at the House of Commons on Thursday 12th March, to honour the winners of the Asian & Oriental Chef Awards and to launch this year’s Asian Restaurant Awards and Asian Curry Awards. Following a cook-off competition held at Ealing University in February, Asian & Oriental Chef of the Year 2020 awards were presented to chefs Daya Shankar Sharma (Indian) of Grand Trunk Road in South Woodford and Shanker Pandy of Everest Inn (Nepalese) in Blackhealth; and Jie Chen (Chinese) of Canton Restaurant in London.…

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan at Asian Curry Awards

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Asian curry awards 2019

Over 700 VIP guests attended the Asian hospitality sector’s most prestigious event, the Asian Curry Awards in Association with Just Eat, at the Grosvenor House in London’s Mayfair on Sunday 17th November. Guest of Honour, Sadiq Khan, the Labour Mayor of London, took the opportunity to attack the “Government’s ‘wrongheaded’ approach to immigration which is making it difficult to recruit the chefs and skilled workers.” On a positive note Sadiq Khan praised the contribution of the British Asians. “By bringing the best of Asian culinary traditions to these shores, these restaurant owners have expanded not only the choice of food available to the British public, but our very identity as…

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Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo

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The Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo makes its much-anticipated return to the ExCeL London on the 19th & 20th November, forming THE ultimate event to help you boost your profits, build your brand and grow your business for an unprecedented 7th year running.  Having secured your FREE ticket to the 2019 event, you can expect to immerse yourself in the ultimate marketplace for takeaway and restaurant owners, courtesy of this year’s incredible line-up boasting over 1000 cutting-edge suppliers, 500 inspirational seminars, panel debates, countless networking opportunities, the illustrious Innovation Awards, and much more! All under one roof, you’ll be able to try, touch and test all the latest products, solutions and…

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Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo is in just 3 weeks time!

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We are proud to announce that we have partnered up with the Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo and it’s in just 3 weeks time!  Europe’s leading event for restaurant & takeaway owners is hitting London’s ExCeL on the 19th & 20th November! Free tickets are running low, but fear not, there is still time to grab yours before it’s too late!  Simply click on the E-ticket below to register, and then forward this email onto any colleagues, customers or clients you would like to join you at the show.  And don’t forget, to get the full low-down on all the unmissable speakers, exhibitors, panel debates, show offers and more, visit…

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Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo 2019

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[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.3.4″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” hover_enabled=”0″] The Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo will return to London’s ExCeL on the 19th & 20th November, to once again connect professionals with the services, strategies and products transforming the industry – so make sure you register for your free tickets here! All under one roof, some of the industry’s biggest brands such as Domino’s, Just Eat, Pizza Hut, and more will arm you with all the tools, tips and techniques revolutionising the food & drink world and help you stay ahead of the game! These unparalleled keynote speakers include… [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”2_5,3_5″ _builder_version=”4.0.2″][et_pb_column type=”2_5″ _builder_version=”4.0.2″][et_pb_image src=”https://curryculture.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/rest-takeaway-show-speaker-1-300×300.png” align=”center”…

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Asian Curry Awards Shortlist Announced Ahead of National Curry Week

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[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.22″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”4.3.4″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” hover_enabled=”0″] The eagerly-awaited shortlist for this year’s Asian Curry Awards has been announced ahead of National Curry Week (7th to 13th October).  Top London fine dining London venues listed include: Benares, Darjeeling Express, Hakkasan, Indian Accent, Quilion, Veersawamy and Zuma The winners will be revealed at a glittering awards-ceremony, at Grosvenor House, in Mayfair on Sunday 17th November, The full shortlist, which was determined by more than 100,000 votes from the curry loving public, can be seen at www.asiancurryawards.com A team of judges led by Pat Chapman, the editor and founder of the Cobra Good Curry Guide is now touring the…

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An Interview with Dev Biswal, Asian Chef of the Year

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Dev Biswal

We had the pleasure of interviewing the Asian Chef of The Year, Dev Biswal recently and it was a great perspective on what it takes to be successful in the highly competitive world of curry. BACKGROUND Dev grew up in Calcutta and studied at catering establishments in India, Dubai and London before moving on to become a partner in The Indian Princess in Margate in 2006. He became the patron of this venue and re-branded it under the new name of the Ambrette in 2010, with a 2nd venue opening in Canterbury in 2013. He also owns the Devil in Rye which not surprisingly is in Rye in East Sussex. STYLE With…

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Voting for Asian Curry Awards opens

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Gala dinner VIP tickets worth £5000 to be won Spice lovers can now nominate their favourite restaurants and takeaways in this year’s prestigious Asian Curry Awards,  sponsored by Just Eat.  Voters will be automatically entered in to a free prize draw, for a chance to win one of six pairs of VIP tickets each worth £600, to the spectacular gala dinner and awards ceremony, with live entertainment, in London’ West End in November. With two curry restaurants closing each week, against a backdrop of rising costs, skills shortages and Brexit uncertainty – just making the shortlist can give a vital boost to a curry house’s prospects. It is not unknown for award winners…

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