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 and Takeaway Innovation Expo 2019

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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… Neil Manhas – General Manager (UK) of Pizza Hut – will discuss how Pizza Hut see customers’ demands as an opportunity to rejuvenate…

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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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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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Does a Curry Award mean anything?

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curry awards in the uk

I was recently asked my opinion on a series of curry awards that one curry house was claiming to have won over the years. This started me thinking of all the various awards I have been to and whether they should actually mean anything to Joe Public in their choice of venue. There are a few that are worth mentioning: British Curry Awards – turning a little political for me and needs to go back to the food Asian Restaurant Awards – trying to compete with the BCA and with a much wider range of restaurants but has been a little biased to the South of the UK Tiffin Cup…

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Asian Restaurant Awards shortlist

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The shortlist has been announced for the first Asian Restaurant Awards, which will be held at the Manchester Hilton, on Monday 5th March 2018. The shortlisted. which was determined by over 100,00 votes from members of the public, can be seen at www.acfederation.org. Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants and takeaways, were eligible to enter the Awards, which are organised by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF). Leading restaurants are now being inspected by a panel of judges led by Pat Chapman, editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide. Whilst the judging criteria are heavily weighted towards the…

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Asian Restaurant Awards announces Manchester venue for glittering ceremony

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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″] Asian foodies can nominate their favourite restaurants and takeaways in the first Asian Restaurant Awards, which will be held at the Manchester Hilton, on Monday 12th February 2018. The awards are open to Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants and takeaways. The shortlisted will be determined by members of the public, who can vote online at www.acfederation.org/asian-restaurant-awards-2017-nomination-form or by tweeting their choice using the hashtag #AsianRestaurantAwards – citing the @AsianCatFed handle, restaurant name and location. There will also…

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UK’s Top 30 Asian & Oriental Chefs are feted at House of Commons

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The nation’s favourite Asian and Oriental chefs, as determined by popular public vote, have been announced by the Asian Catering Federation [ACF]. The top thirty were invited to a special presentation ceremony being held in the Terrace Pavilion of the House of Commons on Monday 15th May 2017. The event was also used to launch the Asian Curry Awards 2017, organised by the ACF being presented on at a glittering ceremony on Sunday 12th November, where the top chefs and restaurants will be revealed. The top thirty chefs have been named as: Luthfur Ahmed, Bengal Brasserie, Belfast;   Rafique Ali, Bokhara Bangor, Belfast; Harneet Baweja,  Gunpowder, London; Vineet Bhatia, Vineet Bhatia,…

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