Four Nepalese Restaurants have made it to the Top 100 in UK at the British Curry Awards 2013. The award ceremony was held at Battersea Evolution in London on 25th November 2013 at a spectacular black tie gala event amongst 1,600 guests including various celebrities, several cabinet and shadow ministers, other dignitaries and none other than the Prime Minister – David Cameroon – himself!
Gurkha Palace – Farnborough (South East), Gurkha Palace – Folkestone (South East), Everest Spice – Redhill (London Suburbs), and The Ganges and Gurkha – Plymouth (South West), – were shortlisted nationally for the Awards also known as the “Oscars of the Curry Industry”. They were shortlisted in the category for Best Curry Restaurants in the UK from an astounding 263,000 public nominations from diners across the UK.
The Awards is the biggest event that recognises the best restaurants of the UK curry industry which boasts more than 10,000 restaurants, 80,000 employees and 2.5 million weekly customers, with an annual contribution of £3.6bn to the UK economy.
BBC presenter Chris Tarrant hosted the event which is now on its 9th year.
During his speech, the Prime Minister lauded the hard-working professionals of the curry industry and its enormous economical and employment contributions to Britain, whilst also acknowledging its specific problems and challenges; and assured that the government would support the industry in overcoming its shortage of skilled personnel by helping to bring skilled Asian chefs and investing to train home-grown chefs.
He also mentioned how British made curries have now outshone the curries in South Asia; and after more than 200 years since the first curry house opened up in Britain, British made curry is now heading the other way: to the countries where it originated – “It used to be that selling curry to South Asia was a bit like selling ice to the eskimoes; Well no longer!” he said.
It was also uplifting to see the association of Khukuri Beer, owned by well-known Entrepreneur Mr. Mahanta Shrestha, with the event as one of the official drink partners.
Having also been shortlisted in 2012, this is the second consecutive year Gurkha Palace Farnborough has been shortlisted at the British Curry Awards.
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