Battle of the spices to take place at South Thames College

Local food businesses in Merton will battle it out at the Curry Chef Competition 2014 on Tuesday 18 February at South Thames College. Entrants will have one hour to prepare and cook a starter, main and side dish which will be presented to three judges on the day including Cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders and Merton’s Environmental Health manager, Andrew Bradley.

Chefs will be judged on culinary skills, originality and food preparation hygiene. The cook-off takes place in the newly refurbished South Thames College kitchens.

Cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders said: “Congratulations to all the chefs who have made it to the final of the competition. It is a great turn out and highlights how food businesses in Merton take hygiene seriously and the richness we have in top quality Asian cuisine on offer in the borough.”

Notes to editors

This year’s finalists are:

Chak 89, chef Kedar Arya

House of Spice, chef Litu Khan

King Curry, chef Riazul Islam

Red Rose, chef Mohammed Rahman

Cocum Ltd, chef Mohammed Valiyakath

K2 Indian Takeaway, chef Abu Aziz