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UK’s Best Curry Houses to be announced at the BCA Awards 2011 Celebrating the Authentic Taste of Success

London, 23rd November 2011, The Bangladesh Caterers Association announces that their 6th Annual BCA Awards will take place on Sunday 4th December 2011. The Awards give a unique opportunity to celebrate the fantastic entrepreneurial talent of UK’s best Curry Houses, which has helped make curry amongst the nation’s favourite dishes.

Along with the coveted ‘Caterer of the Year Awards’, there will be 12 Chef of the Year Awards also being presented covering 9 regions in the UK and 4 Honour Awards in recognition of outstanding achievement in Civic Society.

The Bangladesh Caterers Association in their 51st year, are UK’s oldest, largest and strongest pressure group, which represent over 12,000 British Bangladeshi Restaurants and Takeaways. This unique industry grew from the heart of the Bangladesh migrants who first entered the UK in the 1950’s and has blossomed into an industry that employs in excess of 150,000 people and had a turn over estimated at £4.1billion in 2010.

The awards will be hosted by Tasmin Lucia Khan, of ITV’s Daybreak, in front of an audience of 1000 guests, which includes a host of Dignitaries, Celebrities, Parliamentarians and the Crème de la Crème of the Curry Elite. The ceremony will take place in the opulent and glamorous setting of the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge, in Central London on 4th December 2011.
The spice of the night should warm up this winters evening as great food will be served along with a fusion of traditional and contemporary entertainment. This is a real celebration of the UK’s Curry Industries entrepreneurs, one of UK's most successful immigration stories, which forms the fabric of today's multi-cultural society.

Attending the event will be the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and the recipients of last year’s BCA Golden Jubilee Honour Awards Anne Main MP and Rushanara Ali MP.

On receiving her award last year Rushanara Ali, the first British Bangladeshi MP said, “The British Bangladeshi catering industry is the backbone of our community and the springboard of success for future generations.”

As well as promoting the successes of the Curry Industry the BCA have united with Peoples 1st to address the existing chef crisis and support the training and apprenticeships of Asian and Oriental chefs soon to be rolled out across five new Hospitality Guild Centre’s around the UK.

BCA President Mr Bajloor Rashid said, "BCA are looking forward to celebrating the success of many of the UK’s greatest Curry House entrepreneurs. They have had to face many trials and tribulations however they continue to strive to ensure the authentic taste of curry is delivered to UK’s curry connoisseurs ”.

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For further information on the BCA Awards 2011 visit www.bca1960.com or please contact:
Hema Patel
Only Red
T: 07725 533 508
Email: hema@onlyred.co.uk


Notes to editors:
About Bangladesh Caterers Association

The BCA is the umbrella organization of approximately 12,000 British-Bangladeshi restaurants across the UK and last year celebrated their Golden Jubilee. It was established in 1960 to represent the Catering Industry run by the ethnic Bangladeshis.
The BCA organises various activities to promote Bangladeshi cuisine in Great Britain as well as in Europe.
Over the years BCA has established itself as the ˜Pride of Bangladeshi Community”™ through its relentless efforts in the interest of our community. With the passage of time, BCA is now generating huge business potentials for any supplier, be it a small Cash & Carry or a large business industry like Cobra or Coca-Cola.
The BCA is a democratically run organization with a new executive committee taking control every 2 years. The new executive committee is the highest forum within the BCA and three key personnel, President, Secretary General and the Chief Treasurer run the day-to-day activities.
The BCA has been representing the Bangladeshi curry industry for the last 51 years. The Association exists to ensure that the views of the Bangladeshi Curry industry are represented in a forceful, coherent and co-ordinated way to government and policy makers in the UK and internationally. As the national trade association for Bangladeshi caterers, the primary role of the BCA is to lobby government across the UK, representing the views of the curry industry.
BCA pride themselves in having created a novel industry which has contributed significantly to the British economy and created thousands of jobs and continue to support the curry industry by working with key Government Ministers and Agencies such as MAC and People's First.
The BCA Awards commenced in 2006, since then the annual ceremony has won recognition as the most prestigious award event recognising the hard work and standards set by the highest achievers in the UK curry industry.
The objectives for the Awards event are to highlight over five decades of hard work, personal sacrifice, and significant success in creating and protecting the £4.1 billion national treasure, which is now part of British heritage as well.

About People’s 1st

People 1st is the sector skills council for hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism.
A number of industry bodies, including the Bangladeshi Caterers Association have come together under the leadership of People 1st to set up five Asian and Oriental Centres of Excellence across the UK. These centres of excellence provide a focus for the industry to recruit people into the industry through specialised routes that are robust and reflect the needs of Asian and Oriental businesses.
The opportunity to develop chefs with these specialist skills in the UK could provide a lifeline for many Asian and Oriental restaurant businesses, as changes in immigration policy could threaten the survival of those reliant on recruiting from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). www.peoples1st.co.uk

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