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12:00pm Friday 28th October 2011 in News
A CHEF from Faringdon has proved he is hot stuff by winning a curry award.
Partha Mittra, pictured, is the chef at Littleworth’s The Snooty Mehmaan – Hindi for snooty guest – and became one of 20 chefs from across the country to be given the Curry Chef Award.
Mr Mittra, who used to cook for the then Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, has already been awarded for his curry when he won the Taste of Britain Curry Chef of the Year Award.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted. We have always been proud of our food here and it is a great honour to be named the best curry chef in my area.”
The award, which is organised by industry magazine Curry Life – as is the Taste of Britain award – saw some 370 applications whittled down to just 20 winners over six months.
A panel of judges visited each of the 55 shortlisted restaurants in secret to find out if they were up to scratch
A CHEF from just outside Swindon has proved he is hot stuff by winning a top Curry Chef Award.
Partha Mittra, of The Snooty Mehmaan, in Littleworth, near Faringdon, went to London to receive the prize, part of Curry Life Magazine’s awards.
Chef Partha has previously won the Taste Britain Curry Chef of the Year Award. He has been creating his particular brand of magic and authentic Indian cuisine at popular venue since it opened.
He arrived in the UK from India nearly a decade ago, and had a high profile in his home country where he was a personal cook to a former Indian Prime Minister.
Curry Life Magazine is widely regarded as the authoritative voice for thousands of Indian restaurants in the UK.
“We’ve always been proud of our food here at Snooty Mehmaan and it’s a great honour to be named the best Curry Chef in my area,” said chef Partha.
Special guest on the night was Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who spoke about the importance of curry in British life.
“The Curry Life Awards are a chance to recognise not only the talent, creativity and hard work of the nation’s curry chefs but also their huge economic contribution to British life,” he said. “I congratulate all the winners and look forward to the British curry industry going from strength to strength.””
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Frank Dobson reminded guests that it was 40 years since the end of the Bangladeshi War of Independence and spoke of the lives that had been lost in the struggle – “I am sure they would have been proud of the amazing impact they have had on this country,” he said. “At the heart of any culture is food and yours has transformed and improved the culture of Britain.
Curry Life Chef Awards
Chef Shahidur Rahman – Raj Spice, Rowley Regis
Chef Partha Mittra, Snooty Mehmaan, Faringdon
Chef Motiur Rahman, Curry Nights Indian Cuisine, 58, Chamberlayne Rd, London
Chef Abul Monsur, Taj Cuisine, Walderslade
Chef Abdul Kahar, Shikha Indian, Buckhurst Hill, Essex
Chef Monir Uddin, Jaypur Balti Cuisine, Banbury
Chef Ali Hussain, Cafe Bangla, East Boldon
Chef Ali Nazrul, Bollywood Lounge, Wakefield
Chef Syed Zohorul Islam, The Capital, Durham
Chef Ahad Miah, Spice Fusion, Dunhampton
Chef Noor Ahmed Layes, Khana Peena, South Croydon
Chef Kayrul Haque Kamali, Barinda Restaurant, Hull
Chef Abdur Rob, Fleet Tandoori, Hampstead
Chef Utpal Mondal, Hotel Hindustan International, Kolkata
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