Asian Restaurant Awards – The Winners

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Winners of the prestigious Asian Restaurant Awards were revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at the Manchester Mercure Piccadilly, on Tuesday 31st August, hosted by BBC news anchor Samantha Simmonds. Top accolades went to: Asma Khan’s whose female-only kitchen of former home cooks at London’s Darjeeling Express, won Best Casual Dining Restaurant Rajesh Suri, owner of Grand Trunk Road, who led Tamarind to the first Indian restaurant in the UK to a Michelin Star, won Best Asian Restaurant (London). Grand Trunk Road’s and Tamarin’s former head chef Dayashankar Sharma received the Best Newcomer award for his Heritage Dulwich debutant. “India’s answer to Heston Blumenthal”, Stephen Gomes, collected the award for Best Fusion Restaurant for DUSK in Brentwood, Essex for…

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Asian Restaurant Awards Shortlist Announced

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The shortlist for this year’s Asian Restaurant Awards, being held in Manchester at the end of August, has been announced.  These national awards are open to restaurants of all Asian and Oriental cuisines.  Over 100,000 online votes from members of the spice loving community determined the finalists. Judges from the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), which hosts the event, are now visiting the candidates to determine the overall category winners. The full list of shortlisted venues can be seen bellow and it’s pretty long! So more of a long list then. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner and presentation ceremony organised at the Mercure Piccadilly on Tuesday 31st August. The Asian Restaurant…

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Zest Quest Asia – Panasonic Autumn Challenge

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Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala launch Zest Quest Asia – Panasonic Autumn Challenge Virtual student culinary competition spotlights use of technology Restaurateurs Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala are pleased to announce the launch of the Zest Quest Asia – Panasonic Autumn Challenge, the latest on-line spinoff of the prestigious culinary competition for students wishing to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in Asian cuisine.  The Zest Quest Asia – Panasonic Autumn Challenge aims to push the usual boundaries by placing technology as its centrepiece. Students, working individually with the support of their college tutor,  will be invited to design and create a dish inspired by authentic Asian tastes, textures and flavours while drawing…

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Restaurant and Takeaway Expo 9 10 Nov

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This year Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo makes its greatly-anticipated return to London’s ExCel on 9th & 10th November. The event is renowned for forming the ultimate event to help you boost profits, build your brand and grow your business. This is an opportunity you can NOT afford to miss out on! The event presents 15,000 industry-defining leaders access to 1,000 exhibitors and their fantastic innovative products, ideas and strategies, 500 inspirational seminars, panel debates, innovative awards, network opportunities and plenty more!  Europe’s leading event for restaurant and takeaway owners is also running alongside 5 other industry-leading events collectively forming #FES21, THE biggest business growth event dedicated to the world…

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Restaurant and Takeaway Innovation Expo Returns

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Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo makes its much-anticipated return to London’s ExCeL on 9th & 10th November, forming THE ultimate event to help you boost your profits, build your brand and grow your business. The event will give 15,000 industry-defining leaders access to 1,000 exhibitors and their plethora of innovative products, ideas and strategies, 500 inspirational seminars, panel debates, innovation awards, networking opportunities and much more! Europe’s leading event for restaurant and takeaway owners is also running alongside 5 other industry-leading events collectively forming #FES21, THE biggest business growth event dedicated to the world of food & drink.  The demand for takeaway has never been so huge, and the value…

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Sheffield College Student Triumphs

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Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala reveal plans for a new Zest Quest Asia challenge in the new year.

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Seminars Cover Culinary History

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Zest Quest Asia, the competition designed to stir students’ tastebuds towards Asian textures and flavours, has gone the extra mile since the January launch of the Zest Quest Asia Tilda Challenge, its newest online spin-off sponsored by Tilda Foodservice. Over 1,100 students and nearly 70 lecturers in 21 colleges across the UK have now taken part in interactive seminars covering the culinary histories and traditions of nine countries, including India, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines. The seminars, each lasting up to two hours, were at the heart of a six-week virtual roadshow led by Zest Quest Asia director, Murray Chapman, who created the programme to encourage more students to take…

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New Zest Quest Asia for 2021

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Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala reveal plans for a new Zest Quest Asia challenge in the new year.

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Cyrus Todiwala, My Favourite Lamb Recipe

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Cyrus Todiwala’s Khara Gos Ni Biryani recipe

The recipe, Khara Gos Ni Biryani – Chef Todiwala’s take on a lamb biryani – combines British lamb leg with a mix of spices, tomato, potato and rice – and is one of the chef’s go-to dishes to impress, even when time is limited.

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Café Spice Namaste extends Eat Out to Help Out

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Cafe Spice Namaste

Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala have announced that their flagship Indian restaurant, Café Spice Namaste, will be extending the concept of HM Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme throughout its entire operating week, up to the end of August. Café Spice Namaste already takes part in the month-long scheme on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, which gives a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum of £10 per person. By adopting the Eat Out to Help Out concept from Tuesday to Saturday during for the last two weeks in August, the Todiwalas hope to please loyal customers as well as attract new ones. They also hope the initiative…

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Busting Some Myths About Cider

By Alistair Morrell

The team at Cider is Wine are on a mission to change our perception of cider and curry not being a good match and have put together this piece for Curry Culture on the subject. “Of course there’s no such thing as ‘curry’” This will come as a shock to the many Brits who patronise the 12,000 or so ‘curry restaurants’ that contributed some £5 billion to the UK economy in 2019, and to all those who continue to buy ready-prepared curry dishes in the hundreds of thousands from our supermarkets. For those interested in how this misnomer came about, curry is actually an anglicised form of the Tamil word kaṟi meaning ‘sauce’ or ‘relish for rice’…

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Our Essential Guide to Marketing Your Restaurant Better

By Lisa Janssen
Restaurant Marketing advice

Constant effort is the key to any lasting success and the same goes for promoting your restaurant. Talking to your customers and creating a buzz about your venue is a never-ending process. Luckily, there are lots of free tools that you can use to make your restaurant more visible and let your customers know all the many reasons they need to visit.  6 Marketing Tools You Need to Use Our essential marketing guide will help you make the most out of your precious time. By using these tools (some of them are free) you can cover the most important marketing basics. They neither break the bank nor require a huge…

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