West Wickham curry chef voted one of the best in UK
PUBLISHED: 08:25 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:25 29 October 2014
A man from West Wickham was voted one of the best curry chefs in the UK.
Abdul Hay, who is the executive chef at the iNaga Indian Restaurant on Croydon Road, West Wickham, was one of 33 chefs to receive official recognition.
He attended the 2014 Curry Chef of the Year Awards event at the Lancaster Hotel, London, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Cathy Newman.
He 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 iNaga 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.”
Guests at the event included employment minister Esther McVey MP, Asian MP Keith Vaz and former Secretary of State for Health, Frank Dobson MP.
Ms McVey said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and it was great to celebrate the success of so many of those who are experts in their field at the curry life magazine awards.
“The government is committed to supporting businesses that want to grow and expand. Congratulations to the deserving winners.”
Syed Belal Ahmed, editor of Curry Life magazine, said: “It was a fantastic evening and a great way to recognise and celebrate the skills and talents of our curry industry.
“Events like this, illustrates the strength of our love as a nation for curry.
“I would like to congratulate much deserving winners of this year’s Curry Life chef awards.”