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Top Chefs to be Honoured at House of Commons29-04-2017
The nation’s favourite Asian and Oriental chefs, as determined by popular public vote, have been announced by the Asian Catering Federation [ACF].
The top thirty will be invited to a special presentation ceremony being held in the Terrace Pavilion of the House of Commons on Monday 15th May 2017. The event will also be used to launch the Asian Curry Awards 2017, organised by the ACF being presented on at a glittering ceremony on Sunday 12th November, where the top chefs and restaurants will be revealed.
The top chefs have been named as: Rafique Ali, Bokhara Bangor, Belfast; Harneet Baweja, Gunpowder, London; Vineet Bhatia, Vineet Bhatia, London; Ahad Nur, Millennium Balti, Leamington Spa; Sham Alom, Rumi’s, Beverley; Dev Banda Everest Inn, Grantham; Rik Campbell, Kricket, London; Stephen Gomes, Moksh, Cardiff; Imran Hussain, Shapla, Donegal; Shah Faysol Miah, Bangla Bangor; Abdul Majid, Royal Nawaab, Stockport; Muhammed Jehangir, Royal Nawaab, London; Palash Mitra, Gymkhana, London; Abul Monsur, Taj Cuisine Chatham; Jiwan Lal, Babur, London, Azadur Rahman, Red Fort London; Luthfur Ahmed, Bengal Brasserie, Belfast; Rafaqat Saleem, Royal Nawaab, Manchester; Karam Sethi, Hoppers London; Kaori Simpson, Harajuku Kitchen, Edinburgh; Muhammad Shoaib, Royal Nawaab, London; Abdul Sobur, Zafran, Southend; Alun Sperring, Chilli Pickle, Brighton; Sameer Taneja, Talli Joe, London; Cyrus Todiwala, Café Spice Namaste, London; Yoong Cheong Wong, Rasa Sayang London; Mahamud Zaman, Zaman International Cuisine, London; Abdul Kadir, The Grand Sultan, Port Talbot; Chad Rahman, Chez Mumtaj, St Albans; and Atul Kochhar, Benares, London.
A panel of judges led by Pat Chapman, editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide will now visit these venues. Two overall winners (one casual, one fine dining) will be announced at the November ceremony, along with a host of other national and regional awards. The full list of categories can be seen, and online nominations made, at:
Whitstable Bar and Restaurant Plans29-04-2017
Plans have been drawn up for a new restaurant and bar on Whitstable Harbour. The site, which will specialise in local produce and promote the town’s famous oysters, will be built on the South Quay in the former engine room. A full planning application has yet to be submitted, but the harbour board has already handed the contract to the Whitstable Oyster Company, following a tender process.
The South Quay site will be open year round, creating four full-time and 10 part-time jobs. Once plans are approved by Canterbury City Council, works will begin in the autumn, with a view to opening in the early spring of next year.
The building will include an educational area to inform visitors about Whitstable’s oyster heritage. It will use recycled steel sea containers as the base building block, with colour finishes and materials reflecting the look of the rest of the harbour.
Canterbury City Council spokesman Rob Davies said; “It was felt a year-round facility promoting local fish and shellfish, selling Kentish foods and promoting the area’s heritage and culture would add to what the harbour has to offer its visitors.”
A Tunbridge Wells pub has been given a poor hygiene rating by council inspectors after they discovered mouldy food. was found. The Spread Eagle pub in Hawkenbury was given a rating of one - meaning "major improvement necessary" after an environmental health officer visited in March.
The hygiene report said the pub failed to store foods at the correct temperatures and mouldy food contributed to the Forest Road pub's woeful score. It said: "At the time of my visit, I found that cooked bacon stored in the counter top refrigerated unit was 17°C. High risk food items (such as cooked bacon) must be maintained below 8°C.
Hygiene inspectors also found evidence of "pest activity" during the inspection.
"I observed loose potatoes on the floor and mouldy baguettes behind the chest freezers in the external storage shed. Ensure that the external storage shed is maintained in a clean condition at all times and that any items of food that fall on the floor are thrown away. This is particularly important as there has recently been pest activity in the shed. Your pest control contractor reported (on the 11/01/2017) that there was bait taken in the external storage shed. Therefore, the shed is not pest proof and must not be used to store open or lightly packaged food items."
A spokesperson for the Spread Eagle said: "Following a revisit from the environmental health officer on March 16 to The Spread Eagle it was noted that the 2 outstanding legal requirements had now been addressed."
In the Summer Time28-04-2017
Chef-owner of Ambrette restaurants, Dev Biswal, has blamed shaff shortages for a delayed reopning of his Rye establishment. Biswal closed the restaurant in Rye High Street over the winter because a seasonal downturn in business. He hopes to re-open the Rye site in six to eight weeks with a more casual concept and a changed kitchen layout, aimed at attracting in the day-trippers who flock to the medieval coastal town in the summer.
“We are at the moment investigating a reopening of that site but the challenge we are facing is recruitment and getting the chefs to Rye to work and that is one of the big reasons why we were forced to shut down in the first place because we couldn’t find skilled or semi-skilled manpower to run that kitchen.
“I have tried to train local chefs from catering colleges here but the whole project didn’t work as well as expected. We had partial success I would say, with some good chefs but most could not survive the pressure.”
Pizza Theft Thug Jailed28-04-2017
A 21-year-old man who was caught after he robbed a pizza delivery man and boasted about it on social media, has been jailed for over three years. On 10th March in Faversham, a Domino’s Pizza delivery man was approached by two men who punched and kicked him to the ground. The two men stole the pizza and the victim’s baseball cap.
One of the men, Reece Thomas of St Nicholas Road in Faversham, then posted a photo on social media of himself wearing the cap with the caption ‘Free pizza for me tonight.’
A week later police officers on patrol in Faversham saw Thomas and stopped to speak to him.
Thomas swore at them before running away. As the officers gave chase on foot, Thomas pulled a knife with a seven inch blade from his trousers before running and barricading himself into a brick outhouse. He was eventually
arrested and charged with robbery, affray and possession of a knife in a public place.
At Canterbury Crown Court Thomas pleaded guilty to all three charges. He was sentenced to a total of 40 months in youth offenders institute. He was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.
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