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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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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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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Asian Restaurant Awards – The Finalists

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Winners of the Asian Restaurant Awards will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at the Manchester Hilton, on Sunday 23rd June.  Over 500 leading restaurateurs, chefs, food writers and VIP guests, including the Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Abid Latif Chohanare, expected to attend the gala dinner.   The evening will be hosted by BBC TV news anchor, Samantha Simmonds and supported by the Manchester-based British-Asian actor and comedian Mani Liaqat. Over 100,000 public votes determined the shortlist of the nation’s favourite Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants and takeaways. The Asian Restaurant Awards are organised by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF) which represents…

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Zest Quest Asia 2019

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Good to see Cyrus Todiwala continuing to help British students build their Asian cookery skills. This really is the only route to a sustainable supply of great talent on the UK. If we always rely on overseas chefs being brought in to fill the skills gaps the industry will always be at the mercy of changes in immigration rules. Do the hard work now and we can have ready supply of talent coming out of catering colleges ready to continue to build a great industry in the UK. Here’s some more information about Zest Quest Asia… The student chef’s competition for the 21st century Dynamic, Versatile, Innovative, Going places! This…

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Restaurants in Crisis – Really?

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So last week I got a press release announcing the opening of the nominations of the Asian Curry Awards. Nothing strange there, I’ve received lots of these and have been invited to the awards before. But as I read the release it made me feel uneasy about the direction the industry is heading in. I’ve printed the whole thing as received below so you can judge for yourself but here are my concerns. Two Curry Houses a Week Closing Good – we’ve got too many rubbish curry houses so those that can’t make a go of it probably should do us all a favour and close their doors. At its…

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