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West Wickham chef earns top honours at Curry Chef of the Year awards

PUBLISHED: 13:09 21 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:09 21 October 2016

Priti Patel MP, secretary of state for international development, winning chef Abab Miah from INaga Restaurantand Mr Shelim Hussain MBE, MD of Kukd.com

Priti Patel MP, secretary of state for international development, winning chef Abab Miah from INaga Restaurantand Mr Shelim Hussain MBE, MD of Kukd.com

Ben Broomfield

Abab Miah cooks at iNaga Restaurant in Coney Hall

Restaurateurs from across the country gathered on Sunday to scoop the prestigious Curry Chef of the Year award.

Among the winners this year was West Wickham chef Abab Miah, who was voted one of the best chefs in the UK.

The head chef at the iNaga Restaurant in Coney Hall was one of 24 chefs to receive the honour.

Speaking after the win, Mr Miah said: “To win this title is the greatest vote of confidence I could wish for, not just for myself but for my team who work so hard to make things happen at the restaurant.

“The award will inspire us to keep improving and I’d also like to thank all our customers for their help putting us on the map.”

As the curry continues to be a firm British favourite, the Curry Life Awards and Gala Dinner celebrated our ‘official’ national dish - chicken tikka masala.

“We are all in awe of what chefs do and I applaud them for producing some of the most exotic food in the world at the cheapest prices,” commented awards sponsor Lord Kara Bilimoria, founder chairman of Cobra Beer.

Lord Bilimoria added: “Those chefs and restaurants rewarded by Curry Life deserve to be congratulated for their hard work and achievements.”

Priti Patel, secretary of state for international development, was guest of honour at the awards.

Speaking at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, Ms Patel said: “Curry Life Magazine’s annual awards ceremony is a great opportunity to celebrate the enormous talent that is on display around the country and the success of the Great British Curry.

“My congratulations to all the deserving winners.”

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