Curiously Kentish’s Jason Freedman named as judge in Asian Curry Awards

Having recently announced the sale of his Minnis Bar & Restaurant in Birchington-on-Sea, to Shepherd Neame, Jason Freedman has been named as regional judge for London and the South East in this year’s Asian Curry Awards.

Lovers of Asian food now can nominate their favourite Indian, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Malaysian restaurants and chefs online at Voting closes 16th September.

The winners will be announced at a high profile, glittering awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane in Mayfair on Sunday 15th November 2015.

“It’s a great honour to be selected as one of the judges in this year’s Asian Curry Awards – it’s a role I’m very much looking forward to undertaking,” said Freedman. “Before selling The Minnis which was open all day, 365 days a year, I would never have found the time.”

A keen devotee of Indian and Eastern cuisines Jason is also a member of both Master Chefs of Great Britain and the Academie Culinaire de France.

Throughout his thirteen year tenure at The Minnis, he held regular Asian and curry event nights. Seeking to further his knowledge of international cuisines, his travels have taken him a culinary tours as far as Thailand and Japan.

He outdoor catering company cooks for the prestigious Taste of Kent Awards and the VIP area at the Broadstairs Food Festival. He is also a member of the Produced in Kent organisation which champions local produce. He co owns the Curiously Kentish deli-café , with former Minnis’ head chef Kevin Faux. Their homemade Salami Chorizo Verdi has been short-listed in this year’s Great British Food Farm Produce Awards, whioch will be judged by TV chef Rosemary Shrager, who runs an eponymous cookery school in Tunbridge Wells.

Led by Pat Chapman, editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide, Jason other Asian Curry Awards judges will be visiting leading restaurants unannounced, to ensure a truly representative customer dining experience.

Whilst the judging criteria are heavily weighted towards the quality of the food and cooking, Jason will be awarding additional points for ambience, customer service and hygiene.

Short-listed chefs will compete in a live cook off in London on 5th October.

The full list of national award categories is:
• Best Asian Restaurant of the Year
• Best East Asian Takeaway/Delivery of the Year
• Best South Asian Takeaway/Delivery of the Year
• Newcomer of the Year (restaurants established less than 3 years)
• Best Asian & Oriental Chef of the Year (International)
• Young Asian & Oriental Chef of the Year (under 30)
• East Asian Restaurant of the Year
• Best International Asian Restaurant
• Lifetime Achievement Award

There are also 10 regional awards for the Best South Asian restaurants in London, London suburbs, South East, South West, East, South Coast, North, Midlands, Wales and Scotland & Northern Ireland.

Editors’ Notes:
The Asian Curry Awards are a joint initiative from the Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers (FoBC) and the Asian Caterers Federation (ACF).

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