Curry Royal proves too hot for competition

Of the six chefs who reached the curry chef competition final last week, Curry Royal emerged victorious.

Merton’s curry chefs competed against one another and were scored by the judges for their high hygiene standards, creative culinary skills and the presentation of their dishes. The competition is an annual event, and forms part of Merton Council’s efforts to raise awareness of good hygiene practices in restaurant food preparation.

Curry Royal’s chef, Amdadul Haque, whetted the judges’ taste buds by serving up his winning dishes:

Royal Deshi Murgh – old Delhi style chicken with roasted spices and a tamarina sauce.
Palak Bhaji – baby spinach cooked with garlic and onions.
Royal Saffron Rice – basmati rice flavoured with saffron, onions and ghee.

Mr Haque was awarded Merton’s Curry Chef 2008 trophy, a certificate and £50 prize money. All finalists were given a certificate and prize money of £25 each by sponsor Niru Europe.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Diane Neil Mills said: “Congratulations to Curry Royal on winning the Curry Chef 2008 award. This year’s competition was fierce. Never before have we had six finalists, which is brilliant news as it means that our message about the importance of good hygiene standards is really getting through.”