Each of the nominees and winners for the BCA Chef of the Year and BCA Caterer of the Year Awards, from all the different regions of the UK came together to light up a flame that warms the heart and if Curry is the Spice of life then The Bangladesh Caterers Association know how to serve it.
With the introduction of the new Award category BCA Chef of the Year in recognition of the heavy burden that has been placed on the Curry industry and the demands for the accreditation of chefs, BCA have announced The Chef of the Year Winners chosen from around the country.
In traditional BCA style the entrepreneurial talent was also recognised and awarded through the coveted BCA Caterer of the Year naming the Best Curry Houses from across UK.
The BCA Honour of the Year went to Mr. Talukdar Abdul Khalique, Keith Vaz MP and Lutfur Rahman – The Mayor of Tower Hamlets.
Mr Bajloor Rashid, The President of Bangladesh Caterers Association who is passionate about both passing on his expertise to a new generation and raising the profile of the UK curry industry said: "We are a community built on the curry industry, with the blood, sweat and tears of manual workers, each of whom were proud to do what they did. Perhaps as a nation we need to give our kitchen-staffs the recognition they deserve and improve the perception and social standing of manual workers’.
Chief Guest of the night The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State Communities and Local Government said “Curry may not have been born in Britain. But it’s found a home here. With over 12,000 establishments turning over £4.3 billion each year it’s not difficult to see that British curry is a great success story. This Government wants to support the industry’s growth and development. I’m delighted to join you as you put the spotlight on the best of the best. I congratulate the Bangladeshi Caterers Association on speaking up for your industry for fifty one years, and wish you continued success in the years to come"
Bangladesh Caterers Association with their culinary experience have searched the UK for the crème de la crème of the Curry Industry now leaving you to judge and sample the winners curry delight.
BCA Awards 2011 were honoured to be supported by many delegates, MP’s, VIP’s and valuable sponsors; Cobra Beer, Kansara’s, Jaguar, Kingfisher Airlines, Ghandi Oriental
Foods, Euro Foods, Media Partners; Sony Entertainment Television Asia, Channel S and Chosen Charity Islamic Relief.
Audiences who missed the sizzling evening will get an opportunity to watch the Masala on Sony Entertainment Television Asia followed by Channel S.
BCA Chef of the Year 2011 Winners:
Azizur Rahman of Jolsha, Marton, Middlesborough
Kauser Hussain of Flames Eastern Cuisine, Penkridge
Tipu Rahman of Tamarind Restaurant, Northampton
Mohammed Jitu Miah of Dhan Shiri Indian Cuisine, Burnham on Crouch
Akmal Ali of Maharaja Restaurant, Benfleet
Gias Uddin of Spice Paradise, Malborough
Abul Monsur of Taj Cuisine, Chatham, Kent
Shahidur Choudhury of Raj Pavilion, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Moni Das of Mem Saheb on Thames Restaurant, Docklands, London
Mohamad Asrar of Bengal Clipper, Butlers Wharf, London
Mohammed Nazrul Islam Miah of Ruhith Restaurant, London
Motin Rashid Khan of Itihaas Restaurant, Edinburgh
BCA Caterer of the Year 2011 Winners:
Shuhel Ahmed, The Spice Island, County Durham
Gulam Muktadir, Double Tree Indian Restaurant, Fullwood, Preston
Sadiq Miah, Kaben? Quarry Bank, West Midlands
Robby Malique, Melford Valley Tandoori, Long Melford, Sudbury
Mohammed Jitu Miah, Dhan Shiri Indian Cuisine, Burnham on Crouch, Essex
Manik Miah, Maharani Indian Cuisine, Ipswich, Suffolk
Syed Abdul Wahid, The Jaipur Palace Restaurant, Plymouth
Rezaul Kabir Raja, The Raja of Kent, St Michaels, Kent
Riaz Ali of Alishan Restaurant, Tonbridge, Kent
Mosud Ahmed, Café Tusk, Fareham, Hampshire
Amirul Islam, Indian Fusion, Tower Bridge Road, London
Abdul Khalique Chowdhury, Forest of India, Abbots Langley
Abdur Rahman, Chillies Indian Restaurant, Pontarddulais, Swansea
Ahad Sheik, Nazma Tandoori, Aberdeen
The Bangladesh Caterers Association will continue their outstanding work and live up to their tag for Oldest, Largest and Strongest pressure group by supporting their members and the Curry Industry identifying solutions to keep Britain’s favourite Curry dish alive.