The Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA) announced winners of its chef of the year awards; on October 27, recognising 11 outstanding chefs.
The BCA awards are now in their 14th year, with their chef awards highly regarded by the Bangladeshi curry industry. The 11 winning chefs won their awards for their innovation, presentation of food, hygiene standards and customer service; and had to compete with thousands of entrants, facing strong competition.
Eshan Mo Miah said: “Our hard work has paid off and we are very proud to win BCA’s chef of the year award for our region.
“We need the support of local people to come and experience our food and support the British curry industry – cooking curry is our first-love.”
The award ceremony was attended by high-profile guests, where the evening was co-hosted by Tasmin Lucia Khan, British film producer TV news anchor who is known for being the face of BBC Three news and Alexis Conran, Radio presenter, actor and Celebrity Masterchef winner 2016.
The BCA represents over 12,000 UK curry houses and takeaways; in an industry that contributes £4.2 billion to the economy, creating thousands of jobs.
President of the BCA, Mr Munim said: “BCA Awards are not just about the talent of these hardworking chefs, but about supporting local communities and high-streets.
“Food brings people together and curry chefs need your support.”
Mitu Choudhury, secretary general at the BCA said: “It is exciting to be able to acknowledge the fantastic work of these winning chefs who are inspiring the next generation of curry chefs. Our awards are the Oscars of the curry industry.”
Saidur Rahman Bipul, chief treasurer at the BCA said: “BCA chefs are passionate, creating a cross-cultural fusion of flavours by innovating curry, blending spices, crafting marinades and other magic in their kitchens.
“They are making sure that curry remains the national dish.”