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Call for 'Curry Chef Amnesty'

Call for 'Curry Chef Amnesty'


The Asian Catering Federation (ACF) is calling on the Government for a ‘curry chef amnesty’ for restaurant employees, who have been working illegally in the UK.

Speaking at the launch of the 8th Asian Curry Awards, at House of Lords, on Monday 13th March, Yawar Khan, urged the Government to grant amnesty for restaurant staff, without the correct paperwork, who have been living in the UK for over 5 years.

The call for an amnesty was supported by Lord Sheikh, Chairman of the Ethnic Diversity Council, who addressed an audience of leading Asian restauranteurs, chefs, embassy officials and VIPS.

The chronic shortage of curry chefs, means that some unscrupulous restaurant owners exploit those who entered the country illegally or have overstayed their visas.

The illegal workers are often paid below the minimum wage, receive no statuary benefits and are often forced to live in cramped, unhygienic conditions. Because they are paid in cash, the government is being cheated out of millions of pounds in unpaid income tax, National Insurance and VAT payments.

The illegal practice makes it hard for honest, lawful business to compete.

“By releasing hard-working restaurant illegals from the hands of exploitative business owners, they would be free to enter the legitimate workplace, enjoy decent pay and conditions and help relieve the severe staff shortages in the industry,” said Yawar Khan, Chairman of the ACF. “They would also then contribute their fair share of tax.”

The ACF also wants to see asylum seekers be give temporary work permits whilst seeking the right to remain in the UK. At present asylum seekers are not permitted to undertake paid work before they are given leave to remain. The process often takes more than 6 months to complete. Khan believe this reduce the burden on the state and fill much needed vacancies. At present there are over 30,000 UK asylum applications pending.

Companies found guilty of knowingly employing illegal workers can be fined up to £20,000 for each illegal immigrant they employ. If found guilty of a criminal offence, company directors can receive an unlimited fine and sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment.

Also speaking at the event, Paul Curry MP – who supported Brexit – has long campaigned for a fairer immigration policy post and to allow restaurants to recruit more chefs from former Commonwealth nations, post EU, with the granting of temporary work visas, to ease the skill shortage.

At the House of Lords event, the ACF presented special awards to several of the country’s leading Asian and Oriental chefs: Sajo Miah of The Original Dilraj in Barnsley; Dhanasekeran Durai (Urban Tandoor, Bristol); Ahad Nur (Millennium Balti) Leamington Spa; Shah Faysol Miah (Bangla, Bangor, N. Ireland); Nasser Awan (Sapnar Event Caterer, London); Chad Rahman (Chez Mumtaz, St Albans); Kaori Simpson (Harajuku Kitchen, Edinburgh); Yoon Cheong Wong (Rasa Sayang, London); and Jie Chan (Gourmet Kitchen, London).

The Asian Cury Awards 2018 take place on Sunday 18th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Spice lovers can vote for their favourite Asian restaurants and takeaways at


Fest & Revel opening


South east London-based pub company Fest & Revel has opened a third site, in Kent. The company, which is led by Vin Read and operates Tanyard Lane in Bexley and Kelsey House Bar & Kitchen in Beckenham, has leased The Guinea in Tunbridge Wells.

Read will also take on a GC Mallen-owned site in New Eltham and will see a former Greek restaurant transformed into Pope Street Bar & Kitchen for Fest & Revel’s fourth site.

Read said: “We look forward to bringing our style and culture to The Guinea," said Read, adding, "Our offering is based around cocktails, craft beer and street food but we encourage our chefs to add their own individuality."

A selection of classic and modern cocktails will sit on the drinks menu with alongside craft beer from Beavertown, Tiny Rebel and Wild Beer Co.

The pub will serve coffee and brunch during the day, cocktails and sharing plates in the evening and burgers in the evening.


Hop Stuff


Hop Stuff Brewery has acquired The Localist in Farringdon for a six-figure sum for its fourth site.

Founder James Yeomans said he hoped to reopen the 4,500 square foot site in St John Street, which closed in February, in mid-April.

Yeomans said the property already had a taproom feel so only minor alterations to the site were needed: "It's too big a site to not have it open and trading – it will add £2m to £3m a year to our turnover. If we can get up and running by mid-April then we're looking at total turnover of £5.2m this year. This is our first major purchase of a lease assignment. It's an opportunity to stretch into the City and being a former banker means it's great to be opening a venue there," he said.

Yeomans also remains in negotiations over a site in Greenwich, south east London, as he looks to add to taprooms in Woolwich and Deptford with its third launching in Ashford, Kent, this month. Last month, Hop Stuff Brewery closed its fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube having raised more than £780,000.

Kookoo named 'Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in UK

Kookoo named 'Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in UK


Kookoo Seafood & Grill in Surbiton has scooped the accolade for Best Middle Eastern Restaurant at the inaugural Asian Restaurant Awards. Kookoo, renowned for its exquisite Persian cuisine, collected the prestigious trophy.

An independent, family-run restaurant, led by restaurateur Kamran Abtahi, Kookoo has established a reputation for its healthy dishes, produced from scratch, using fresh quality ingredients and skilled marinating.

The menu is based on traditional Nejad family recipes, handed down through the generations. It features appetising salads, grills and traditional Middle Eastern stews, that are gluten-free. The emphasis is on sharing platters with premium quality chicken, fresh fish and prime lamb cuts.

Kookoo made the Awards’ shortlist thanks to the large number of votes from enthusiastic customers. As a reward for their loyalty, Kamran is hosting a gourmet Persian feast on Monday 2nd April, to celebrate the Asian Restaurant Awards win. The special dinner will cost only £15 and includes a glass of prosecco, a bottle of premium K1 sugar-free beer or soft drink. Early booking is advised for what is expected to be a sell-out event.

“It’s a great honour to win such a prestigious national accolade which vindicates our decision to develop a health-conscious dining concept and is just reward our dedicated team who work hard to creating authentic flavours,” said Abtahi.

Karman Abtahi has previously spent a total of 9 years working as head chef at renowned Persian restaurants, The Piano in Chiswick and Doost, Persian Grill in Kennington.

The Asian Restaurant Awards judges were impressed, with their notes revealing: “Classic Persian dishes given a modern gourmet twist. Kookoo builds on a rich culinary tradition that absorbed influences from its neighbours, then exported them to northern Indian as the Mughal Empire expanded eastwards. Subtle touches, using light marinades and delicate spices, don’t overpower the food, allowing the natural flavours to shine through. Chicken, lamb and fish dishes were all moist and a succulent. Healthy eating at its best.”

The restaurant’s ‘BYOB’ policy, with zero corkage on Wednesdays and the offer of 50% off drinks on Thursdays, are particularly popular.

The restaurant takes its name from ‘kookoo sabzi’ (sometimes spelt kuku), a popular vegetable dish served during the Persian New Year (Nowruz) celebration, a two-week spring festival which broadly equates to Easter in western cultures. Kookoo sabzi is a healthy, vegetarian dish made from several herbs (sabzi), typically chives (tareh), cilantro (geshneez) and dill (shevid), then baked.



Asian Restaurant Awards winners

Asian Restaurant Awards winners


The winners of the inaugural Asian Restaurant Awards were announced at a glittering awards ceremony, held at the Manchester Hilton, on Monday 5th March. The evening, attended by over 500 leading restaurateurs, chefs, food journalists and VIP guests, was hosted by BBC TV news anchor, Barbita Sharma.

The winners were: Palm Pan Asia, Winchester (Best Pan Asian Restaurant), Hakkasan, London (Best Chinese Restaurant); Rasa Sayan, London (Best Malaysian), Asha’s, Manchester (Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year); Kookoo, Surbiton, Surrey (Best Middle Eastern); Istanbul, Manchester (Best Turkish); Aagrah Group, North of England (Best Chain); Ziya Restaurant, Manchester (Best Bangladeshi); The Naz, Manchester (Best Indian); Royal Nawaab, Manchester (Best Buffet Restaurant); Urban Kohinoor, Bristol (Best Newcomer); Sigiriya, Altrincham (Gourmet Restaurant of the Year); Mushtaqs, Hamilton (Just Eat Awards for the Best Takeaway/Delivery); Sapna, Southall, London (Best Event Caterers – South); Royal Nawaab (Best Event Caterers – North); Asian Entrepreneur of the Year awards went to: Asma Khan (Female), of Darjeeling Express, London and Mohammed Abdul Ahad (Male) of Millennium Balti, Leamington Spa (Male). Abdul Ahad of Nazma Group of restaurants (Scotland) collected a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Regional awards went to: Gandhi (Best Asian Restaurant – South of England. Urban Tandoor, Bristol (South West); Usha, Burnley (Lancashire); Tipu Sultan, Birmingham (West Midlands); Akbar’s, Bradford (Yorkshire); Millennium Balti, Leamington Spa (Warwickshire); Light of Bengal, Aberdeen (Scotland, North); Charcoals, Glasgow (Scotland, South), Moksh, Cardiff (South Wales) and Sopna Tandoori (North Wales),

The Asian Restaurant Awards were organised by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF) which represents the nation’s 30,000 Asian and Oriental restaurants. In his keynote speech, ACF Chairman Yawar Khan declared the Asian Restaurants Awards a great success and promised to return next year with “an even bigger and better event.”

In his programme notes, Asian Restaurant Awards judge, George Shaw, commented: “Over 25 years ago culinary pioneer Madha Jaffrey told me that too many Asian restaurant owners were in a race to the bottom, under cutting each other’s prices, with enormous menus of poorly cooked dishes. Tonight, we celebrate the achievements of those in a race to the top.”


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