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The South Asian Chef Competition 2014

03 November 2014, 12:08

1DSC_5206 (300)Mushfiqur Rahman wins the Industry’s prestigious Crown for the United Kingdom South Asian Chef 2014 Competition, and wins a £2,000 cash prize.  As the Chef Director of the New Delhi 6 fine dining restaurant, in Little Ashton, Sutton Coldfield, specialising in exclusive, exquisite dishes from Northern India and Bengali.

Mushfiqur’s restaurant was opened in February 2011 and since the opening he has been runner up in the United Kingdom South Asian Chef of the Year competition in both 2012 and 2013, so it really was third time lucky.  Mushfiqur also achieved finalist in the coveted culinary Chef of the Year competition, and his new venture The Delhi 6 Restaurant was a finalist in the newcomer category of the British Curry Awards.

Now in its 10th year, the national finals of the United Kingdom South Asian Chef Competition 2014 saw 8 finalists from across the United Kingdom compete for the hotly contested first prize. The chefs were recognised for their outstanding culinary skills.  The competition was held at the new State of the Art Bradford College’s spectacular new DavidHockneyBuilding under the watchful eyes of respected industry judges under the Chairmanship of Andrew Green Vice President and Trustee of the Craft Guild of Chefs.

The South Asian Chef competition (SACC), setup by Mohammed Aslam MBE, Aagrah’s Managing Director and Executive Chef, is spearheaded by the Aagrah Group of Restaurants, UK’s largest chain of Kashmiri restaurants. The challenge called for competitors to produce among others a healthy option dish and an innovative dish. All the dishes had to be creative and adventurous, with chefs using their own original recipes to win the title.

1DSC_5206 (290)SACC 2nd Place went to Shire Yu 3rd place went to Marzena Nowakowska trophies and prize cheques for £1,000 and £750 respectively.

The competition also awarded two special prizes, for Innovative and Healthy dishes.  The Healthy award went to Matthew Carter, the Innovative award went to Shire Yu, and both these special awards were sponsored by a leading law firm DLA Piper, a Global law firm with offices in Leeds.

1DSC_5206 (283)The competition aims to encourage chefs to be creative and adventurous with their own recipes. It is open to all professional chefs who are able to produce South Asian Cuisine from all culinary and cultural backgrounds, chefs can come from any part of the industry, and this year were represented from hotels, contract catering, restaurants, pubs and colleges.

The high-profile awards recognise outstanding achievement in all areas of culinary skills. It also helps to raise the profile of the chefs and restaurants participating, and brings highly skilled chefs and the establishments they represent to the attention of UK’s leading businesses attending the awards ceremony. The lucky winners were awarded their trophies at the spectacular Aagrah’s 32nd Annual Charity Business Dinner held at New Dock Hall, Royal Armories, Leeds attended by over 700 business guests, and of which raised £120,000 on the night for The Prince of Wales Trust.

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