Asian Curry Awards winners revealed

Asian Curry Awards
Asian Curry Awards winners revealed: The winners of the seventh have been revealed, with Michelin-starred Benares’ Atul Kochhar named Chef of the Year. The awards, organised by the Asian Catering Federation, saw Quilon scoop the Asian Fine Dining accolade while Kricket was named Best Newcomer. Outside London, The Chilli Pickle in Brighton was named Best Casual Dining Restaurant, Lemon Grass won Best Chain, while Greenleaf took the Best Outside Caterer accolade. There was a Special Recognition Award for Asma Khan, whose new all-female brigade at Darjeeling Express has received widespread critical acclaim. The ceremony was staged at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Asian Catering Federation chairman Yawar Khan acknowledged the problems Asian restaurant owners face but highlighted the success of those willing to embrace change, raise standards, update menus, invest in marketing and stop competing on price. He said: “We are in a growing market. More people are eating out and ordering takeaways than ever before. Yes, curry restaurants are closing every week but the best will survive and thrive. There will be those that complain and do nothing. Then there will also be those that continue to innovate and raise standards.”