Chef from Cheshunt was voted one of the best curry chefs in the UK at the 2015 Curry Chef of the Year Awards at the Lancaster Hotel, London.
Moynul Islam, who is Executive Chef at the Raj Vogue Restaurant, 48 High Street, Cheshunt, Herts EN8 0AQ, was one of 40 chefs to receive official recognition for their contribution to an industry worth more than £4.2billion a year.
Chef Moynul said: “To win this title is the greatest vote of confidence I could wish for, not just for myself but for my team who work so hard to make things happen at the Raj Vogue.
“The award will inspire us to keep improving and I’d also like to thank all our customers for their help putting us on the map.”
The UK may have a soft spot for old favourites like bangers and mash and fish and chips but the British appetite for curry remains unrivalled.
The Curry Life Chef Awards and Gala Dinner celebrated our ‘official’ national dish ‘Chicken Tikka Masala’ giving visitors the chance to find out more about an industry serving 2.5 million customers a week.
This year awards ceremony recognised the best 40 curry chefs in the UK and special recognition for a restaurant serving exemplary Indian cuisine.
Guest of honour at the Awards Ceremony, Lord Karan Bilimoria, Founder Chairman of Cobra Beer, said: "There is no doubt that curry is the nation's favourite food and behind the great tastes of curry, are great craftsmen. Those chefs have been awarded by Curry Life, deserves to be congratulated for their hard work and achievements.”
MP Keith Vaz, who is the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, applauded the curry chefs for producing the best quality curries in Great Britain.
He also paid tribute to the organisers, Curry Life, for their tireless promotion of the curry industry over a decade and setting up the benchmark to promote the best talented chefs.
Syed Belal Ahmed, Editor of Curry Life Magazine, said: “It was a fantastic evening and a great way to recognise and celebrate the skills and talents of our Curry Industry. Events like this, illustrates the strength of our love as a nation for Curry.
I would like to congratulate much deserving winners of this year’s Curry Life Chef Awards.”
Other guests at the event included: Sadiq Khan, Labour Party’s London Mayoral Candidate, Paul Scully MP, Rupa Haq MP, Angela Rayner MP, Wes Streeting MP and Paula Sherriff MP.
Guests of the Curry Life Chef Awards were treated to some spectacular entertainment in a glittering awards ceremony, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Nina Hossain.
More then £3,000 pound was raised on the evening for Silver Star Charity, which raises awareness about the dangers of diabetes across UK and Indian Subcontinent.