Things hot up in Merton’s curry competition

Armed with pots and pans, six restaurants are preparing to compete in Merton’s Curry Chef Competition 2008 finals on Monday 27 October.

The restaurants got through to the final by scoring the highest marks for hygiene and will now compete against each other to be awarded the title Merton Curry Chef 2008.

Each chef will develop three dishes: one main curry dish, one complementary side dish and one bread or rice dish. The dishes will be judged on hygiene, presentation and taste by Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond, Merton’s Principal Environmental Health Officer Pip Barnes, Merton College Chef and lecturer Soukias Tchilingirian, and Head of Public Protection & Development at Merton Council, John Hill. Niru Europe Ltd in Mitcham have sponsored the event and the trophy will be presented by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Krysia Williams.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, Cllr Diane Neil Mills said: “Congratulations to those chefs who have made it through to the finals. It is the first time that six chefs have made it to this stage in the contest, demonstrating that our message about the importance of good hygiene standards is really getting through. Merton council is committed to putting the needs and health of its residents first. Competitions like this highlight the need for businesses to ensure they are providing services to the public in a clean and safe environment and I am pleased to see that many of our local restaurants are doing just that.”

Finalists are:
· Cocum, 9 Approach Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8BA
· Raka, 306 Kingston Road, Wimbledon Chase, SW20 8LX
· Curry Royal, 33 Hartfield Road, Wimbledon, SW19 3SG
· House of Spice, 507 Kingston Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8SF
· Blue Junction, 1-2 Crown Parade, Morden
· King Curry, 50 Central Road, Morden, SM4 5RP