Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP praises British Curry's Success Story at BCA Awards 2011 Friday 9 December 2011 PDF Print Curry may not have been born in Britain. But it’s found a home here. With over 12,000 establishments turning over £4.3 billion each year Tasty Curry Success Celebrated in True Authentic Style London, 6th December 2011 – The Announcement of UK’s Finest Curry House’s. Bangladesh Caterers Association, spiced up the night at their 6th Annual BCA Awards on Sunday 4th December at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel with a fusion of Bollywood and Contemporary entertainment that pleased guest palate’s and left audiences wanting more. As the night progressed from the sparks of ambition to the burning embers of success the night was filled with the powerful message of entrepreneurial inspiration and dedication. The awards were hosted by Tasmin Lucia Khan, of ITV’s Daybreak, in front of an audience of 1000 guests, including a host of Dignitaries, Celebrities, Parliamentarians and the Crème de la Crème of the Curry Elite. Each of the nominees and winners for the BCA Chef of the Year and BCA Caterer of the Year Awards, from all the different regions of the UK came together to light up a flame that warms the heart and if Curry is the Spice of life then The Bangladesh Caterers Association know how to serve it. With the introduction of the new Award category BCA Chef of the Year in recognition of the heavy burden that has been placed on the Curry industry and the demands for the accreditation of chefs, BCA have announced The Chef of the Year Winners chosen from around the country. In traditional BCA style the entrepreneurial talent was also recognised and awarded through the coveted BCA Caterer of the Year naming the Best Curry Houses from across UK. The BCA Honour of the Year went to Mr. Talukdar Abdul Khalique, Keith Vaz MP and Lutfur Rahman – The Mayor of Tower Hamlets. Mr Bajloor Rashid, The President of Bangladesh Caterers Association who is passionate about both passing on his expertise to a new generation and raising the profile of the UK curry industry said: "We are a community built on the curry industry, with the blood, sweat and tears of manual workers, each of whom were proud to do what they did. Perhaps as a nation we need to give our kitchen-staffs the recognition they deserve and improve the perception and social standing of manual workers’. Chief Guest of the night The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State Communities and Local Government said “Curry may not have been born in Britain. But it’s found a home here. With over 12,000 establishments turning over £4.3 billion each year it’s not difficult to see that British curry is a great success story. This Government wants to support the industry’s growth and development. I’m delighted to join you as you put the spotlight on the best of the best. I congratulate the Bangladeshi Caterers Association on speaking up for your industry for fifty one years, and wish you continued success in the years to come" Bangladesh Caterers Association with their culinary experience have searched the UK for the crème de la crème of the Curry Industry now leaving you to judge and sample the winners curry delight. The Bangladesh Caterers Association will continue their outstanding work and live up to their tag for Oldest, Largest and Strongest pressure group by supporting their members and the Curry Industry identifying solutions to keep Britain’s favourite Curry dish alive. - Ends - For further information on the BCA Awards 2011 and images please contact: Hema Patel Only Red T: 07725 533 508 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Notes to editors: BCA Awards 2011 were honoured to be supported by many delegates, MP’s, VIP’s and valuable sponsors; Cobra Beer, Kansara’s, Jaguar, Kingfisher Airlines, Ghandi Oriental Foods, Euro Foods, Media Partners; Sony Entertainment Television Asia, Channel S and Chosen Charity Islamic Relief. Audiences who missed the sizzling evening will get an opportunity to watch the Masala on Sony Entertainment Television Asia followed by Channel S. BCA Chef of the Year 2011 Winners: Azizur Rahman of Jolsha, Marton, Middlesborough Kauser Hussain of Flames Eastern Cuisine, Penkridge Tipu Rahman of Tamarind Restaurant, Northampton Mohammed Jitu Miah of Dhan Shiri Indian Cuisine, Burnham on Crouch Akmal Ali of Maharaja Restaurant, Benfleet Gias Uddin of Spice Paradise, Malborough Abul Monsur of Taj Cuisine, Chatham, Kent Shahidur Choudhury of Raj Pavilion, Tunbridge Wells, Kent Moni Das of Mem Saheb on Thames Restaurant, Docklands, London Mohamad Asrar of Bengal Clipper, Butlers Wharf, London Mohammed Nazrul Islam Miah of Ruhith Restaurant, London Motin Rashid Khan of Itihaas Restaurant, Edinburgh BCA Caterer of the Year 2011 Winners: Shuhel Ahmed, The Spice Island, County Durham Gulam Muktadir, Double Tree Indian Restaurant, Fullwood, Preston Sadiq Miah, Kaben? Quarry Bank, West Midlands Robby Malique, Melford Valley Tandoori, Long Melford, Sudbury Mohammed Jitu Miah, Dhan Shiri Indian Cuisine, Burnham on Crouch, Essex Manik Miah, Maharani Indian Cuisine, Ipswich, Suffolk Syed Abdul Wahid, The Jaipur Palace Restaurant, Plymouth Rezaul Kabir Raja, The Raja of Kent, St Michaels, Kent Riaz Ali of Alishan Restaurant, Tonbridge, Kent Mosud Ahmed, Café Tusk, Fareham, Hampshire Amirul Islam, Indian Fusion, Tower Bridge Road, London Abdul Khalique Chowdhury, Forest of India, Abbots Langley Abdur Rahman, Chillies Indian Restaurant, Pontarddulais, Swansea Ahad Sheik, Nazma Tandoori, Aberdeen 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. 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