If the spice is right

Pots and pans to the ready – Merton Council is holding Merton Curry Chef Competition 2005 in the summer and need Merton chefs to register by 31 May 2005.

The free competition is open to all registered food businesses within the borough of Merton. It is an opportunity for local chefs to display their culinary skills and the winners will gain a lot of positive publicity.

All entrants will be judged on taste, food hygiene and food safety by a panel of judges. The selected finalists will then be invited to a cook off at Merton College in the summer. They will have just one hour to produce three dishes to include one main curry dish, one main complementary side dish and one bread or rice dish.

The winner will receive a trophy and prize and all finalists will receive framed certificates for their restaurants.

Senior Environmental Health Officer, Maria Dane, said: “If you think you make the best curries in Merton then we want to hear from you. This is your opportunity to prove your skills and claim the title.”

Merton previously participated in the National Curry Chef Competition in 2003. Mr Binu Raj, Chef at Cocum South Indian Restaurant in Raynes Park won the Merton heats and went on to represent London in the finals after also winning the regional heats. Though the National competition is not being run this year Merton are going ahead with the borough competition.

Application forms and competition rules have been sent to all Indian restaurants and takeaways in the borough.

For more information contact Maria Dane, Merton’s Senior Environmental Health Officer, on 020 8545 3005 Monday – Wednesday.

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