Curry Chef of the Year

The annual Tameside Curry Chef of the Year Competition was held at the college again this year where a number of local chefs competed to be crowned the best in the borough.

Competition heated up as the Tameside curry chefs embraced the opportunity to showcase their culinary talents. The chefs had full use of the college kitchens and restaurant to prepare, cook and serve their delicious dishes to the judges.

This year the competition had a healthy eating theme, which meant that all of the entrants had to have a documented Food Safety Management System in place along with current Food Hygiene and Safety Certificates.

The competitors fell under two separate categories; the Best Restaurant and the Best Take Away. This year six finalists were shortlisted for the Best Restaurant category and five for the Best Take Away.

The college kitchens were engulfed with a variety of spicy scents whilst an array of mouth-watering dishes were prepared for the taste testing. After much deliberation the judges came to a decision and announced the winners:

Congratulations to The Aashiana in Denton, who took first place in the Best Restaurant category. Abdul Aziz, from Aashiana said, “It’s been amazing taking part in the competition again this year, this is the fifth time we have won! We are very proud”.

First place for the Best Take Away category was Rajas Balti Bar in Stalybridge. Qamar Zaman from Rajas Balti Bar said, “We have been winning this award for many years. Our aim is to provide the best food and take away service in the whole of Tameside”.

A special thank you goes to Shelly Kieran and Beverly Hursthouse from Tameside Council for the organisation of the event in partnership with Tameside College.