Chutneys cooks up a heat wave in curry competition

Chutney’s Chef Amzad Hussain today earned the title of Merton’s Curry Chef 2009 after his expert cooking and tasty delights impressed a panel of five judges.

Amzad Hussain was one of the four chefs who reached Merton Council’s curry chef competition finals held today. The chefs brought all their creative culinary and presentation skills to the fore as they battled for top place. In deciding on this year’s ‘Master Chef’ the judges were also looking for good food hygiene practices.

The winning dishes were King prawn shahi jinga, Saag Aloo and Lemon rice
Amzad received the Curry Chef 2009 trophy, certificate and £60 in prize money. The three runners up – House of India Chef Nazir Ahmed, Cocum’s Chef Shajahan Parambath and VJ’s chef Shaikh Latif – received £30 each and a certificate.

The competition is sponsored by Niru Europe and is open to all Merton’s registered Indian restaurants and takeaway food businesses.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services, Councillor David Simpson said, ” The competition this year was even hotter than 2008. Contests like this highlight the need for businesses to ensure they prepare and serve food in a clean and safe environment. I am pleased to see that many of our local restaurants are doing just that. This is a great way to spread the word about the importance of good food hygiene as well as to promote examples of the high quality and flavoursome cooking we have on offer in Merton.”


Chefs and their menus:

· House of Spice Chef Nazir Ahmed , cooked Chicken Shuruchi, Palak Bichi, Vegetable Pulao rice

· Cocum Chef Shajahan Parambath, cooked Chicken Uluva Kootu, vegetable kurukku, Kerala Paratha,

· Chutneys chef Amzad Hussain, cooked King prawn shahi jinga, Saag Aloo, Lemon rice

· VJ’s chef Shaikh Latif, cooked butter chicken, Chilli Paneer, Saffron Pillao rice

The judges this year were:

The Mayor of Merton – councillor Nick Draper, Chris Lee – Director of Environment and Regeneration, Councillor Simon Withey, Chef Lecturer from Merton College Mr Tchilingirian, and Environmental Health Officer Pip Barnes.