The respected award ceremony promises to be grander and greater than ever as BCA also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The evening, to be hosted by Eastenders actor Nitin Ganatra (‘Masood Ahmed’) and ‘Daybreak’ presenter Tasmin Lucia Khan, will honour the achievements of the most formidable Asian restaurants and restaurateurs spanning the UK: Greater London (North Thames, South Thames), East England, North West, North East, Scotland, South East, South West, Midlands and Wales. In addition, three coveted BCA Honour Awards and the inspirational Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented amid the crème of the UK’s restaurant and catering industry.
Guests will be entertained with a sumptuous three-course banquet, interspersed with a line-up of world class entertainment acts including stage-stealing Bollywood dance company and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ semi-finalists Threebee, whose further TV credits include SKY1’s Got To Dance, BBC’s Hustle, Life on Mars and Hotel Babylon and appearances alongside personalities such as Davina McCall and Laila Rouass; and singing sensation Ash King, a master of melody who skillfully combines influences from East and West. Ash, who lent his vocals to hit songs for recent Bollywood films ‘Aisha’ and ‘Delhi 6’, impressively boasts recent collaborations with the likes of Lady Gaga and R. Kelly.
Nominations for this year’s magnanimous award ceremony have been shortlisted by a select panel of judges comprising industry leaders and stalwarts. Not only will the winners be recognised for their outstanding achievements amongst their industry peers, but curry and culinary expert, Pat Chapman, has taken the lead role of advising this year’s Awards Advisory Committee.
In addition, the evening will also acknowledge the monumental year for the UK curry industry as BCA celebrates 50 glorious years since its inception and also the 200th year since the first ever curry restaurant opened its doors to the UK public*. Both milestone occasions will be celebrated in style and grandeur at this year’s event.
The 50th anniversary will provide the perfect opportunity for BCA to celebrate its heritage, highlighting over five decades of unfettered commitment, extensive government lobbying and phenomenal achievement in creating and protecting what has gone on to become the nation’s favourite dish. At the same time, the anniversary celebration at this year’s award ceremony will serve to highlight the challenges the curry industry and its dependent communities currently face, as they collectively look forward to the next 50 years of business in UK and servicing the majority of UK diners. Facing the toughest adversity, the BCA and its members work tirelessly together to preserve the curry industry’s inner strength and resources, and continue to provide the UK’s millions of visitors and neighbouring residents with an excellent experience both inside the restaurants and the surrounding communities.
“We feel that this milestone 50th anniversary provides us with an excellent opportunity to celebrate the past,” comments Bajloor Rashid, President of BCA, “namely to highlight over five decades of hard work, personal sacrifice, and significant success in creating and protecting this national treasure of ours, now part of British heritage as well. We are excited to welcome entries for the best of Asian cuisine and restaurants and look forward to unveiling new unfound jewels of our catering industry.”
The BCA represents 12,000 British-Bangladeshi restaurants across the UK and was established in 1960 to represent the Catering Industry run by the ethnic Bangladeshis. At present, the industry employs more than 100,000 people, mostly Bangladeshi in origin,
with an estimated yearly turnover of £3.5 billion.