A Ruddington chef has been crowned one of the best curry chef in the UK.
Monaim Choudhury, who is executive chef at the Three Spices restaurant in Easthorpe St, Ruddington, was voted best chef at the annual Curry Life Awards.
The 36-year-old collected his coveted award in front of an audience of more than 600 people at a gala event in London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel, hosted by journalist and broadcaster, Michael Buerk.
Owner of Three Spices, Mahbu Noor, said: “We’re one big family here so it’s great news for everyone. Monaim is a great chef and thinks out of the box in the kitchen.
“He’s been with us for four years and we’re lucky to have him.”
This year’s awards ceremony recognised the best 13 best curry restaurants and 19 best curry chefs in the UK, four best curry takeaways, an European best curry restaurant, lifetime achievements award for a restaurateur providing dedicated services to the curry industry for over 50 years and International Honour Award for a successful female chef from India.
Syed Belal Ahmed, editor of Curry Life Magazine and founder of Curry Life Awards, said: “It’s a great accolade because the level of Indian cuisine in the UK has reached unprecedented heights, which includes several Michelin-star restaurants.
“The British love their curry and that is inspiring chefs to be more creative pushing the boundaries of flavours and presentation.
“Its not been an easy time for the industry in recent years with the recession and restriction of working visas but it has still managed to up its game in response to the public’s appetite.”
Over £3,000 was raised on the evening for the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) Myanmar Appeal.
The DEC, which represents 13 of the UK’s leading charities, has been raising funds to support thousands of refugees fleeing torture and abuse and taking shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.