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TIKKA WEEK – NOT A DAY!

Surely the UK’s favourite food warrants a celebration lasting a week – or are you among the small minority who think a day would suffice? That’s the burning question that has been exercising industry experts – as we wave a not-so-fond farewell to 2020 and cast our eyes forward to a better, more successful 2021. …

UK Food industry urged to reduce calories by 2024

The UK government has urged restaurants, takeaways and ready meal providers to reduce the number of calories in their food by 20% before 2024, in an effort to tackle obesity. Clinical obesity is rising in the UK and is also leading Britons to suffer from various associated health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. …

Saving Brick Lane The UK’s Curry Capital

Brick Lane, located in Tower Hamlets in the East End of London, has been associated with curry and South Asian cuisine since the 1970s. Like the ‘Curry Mile’ in Manchester, the area has become synonymous with not just the food, but also the culture, and over the years has earned itself the name – ‘Banglatown’. …

Chef Oli Khan awarded MBE

The UKBCCI London Regional President Oli Khan has been honoured as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and awarded with an MBE. Oli, a successful celebrity chef, was given this honour for his enormous contribution to the hospitality industry, as well as his charitable works throughout the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad. Oli …

Restaurant chain rocked by ‘Knorr-gate’ scandal

Restaurant chain rocked by ‘Knorr-gate’ scandal The executive chef of the Tamarind chain of Indian restaurants has been embroiled in a row over whether or not he used Knorr chicken cubes to flavour dishes. Michelin chef Karunesh Khanna was alleged to have told a manager that ‘guests didn’t need to know’ and that the cubes …

Kamrul Rules the Waves!

Sole owner of the Shampan Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, Kamrul Hussain, tells Curry Life what it’s like to captain his ship single-handed. Kamrul Hussain is no stranger to the hustle and bustle of the restaurant trade. He started out working in a number of restaurants and takeaways mainly around London and Surrey, from an early …

Amnesty call for undocumented workers

A letter sent to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has urged the Cabinet Minister to offer an “immediate amnesty” to undocumented workers. The letter has been sent by the Bangladesh Caterer’s Association and comes in the wake of COVID-19 and the chaos it’s brought to the UK hospitality industry. The letter argues that undocumented workers …

Secrets is in the Spice

“My secret is in the spice.” And for multi award winning County Durham chef, Syed Zohorul Islam, that magic mix won him another spectacular accolade as he was recently traveling to Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) India, as part of the Taste of Britain Curry Festival team. That accolade came for the Executive Chef at …

The man who introduced Indian Beer to the UK Market

A life sketch – Surojit Walawalkar Eloquent, organised and engaging. These are the words which best describe Surojit Walawalkar, who considers his 11 years with United Breweries Group to be the “pinnacle” of his long career in marketing. As he tells CurryLife his story, successes and failures included, it is clear that every single moment …

New magazine to help curry chefs thrive

Curry Life Media group is to launch its own Bengali publication highlighting all of the industry opportunities available for caterers and chefs. The new Bi-Monthly publication Curry Chef will cover burning issues of the day – handpicking breaking news from around the culinary world – including features, recipes, quiz, competitions, product news and career opportunities …

Fantastic efforts by Curry Houses spotlighting our inspirational NHS

By Sam Smith The Curry Industry is full of wonderful and passionate people and we proved that again and again during the crisis. The Covid -19 Pandemic is the worst thing to hit the restaurant sector in modern times. We have never seen anything like this before. Many businesses including restaurants, pubs and bars were …

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