Curry chefs from across the country are preparing to do battle, in the kitchens of Northampton College, for the title of the UK’s King of Spice.
A total of 30 top chefs from 10 regions will take their place in the finals of the 2016 Curry Chef Awards, organised by the Bangladesh Caterers Association.
The challenge will see the cooks showcase their skills by creating a signature dish accompanied by rice and a side dish in just 45 minutes.
Tipu Rahman, Head of the BCA Chef Awards Committee, said: “The standard of cooking in the Asian restaurant sector across the UK right now is phenomenal.
“Our industry is being taken to a whole new level.
“These awards are the perfect platform for curry chefs to prove they are capable of cooking of the highest order.
“We look forward to seeing some truly stunning dishes.”
The panel of judges is set to include Mary Laing, wife of the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire and Conservative MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis, while the Mayor of Dhaka, in Bangladesh, Annisul Huq, is also preparing to jet in especially for the event.
Judges will rate the chefs based on factors such as taste, presentation and hygiene.
The winners will be announced at a glamorous gala dinner to be held in London in November.
James Whybrow, assistant principal of Northampton College, said: “This year is the second year we have hosted the cook-off.
“It was a huge honour for the college to stage the event last year and we are looking forward to an even bigger and better contest this year.
“Our catering students will be involved throughout the day, giving them a fascinating insight into the world of top class, competitive cooking.”
The event, which takes place on Thursday October 27, will be broadcast around the world, with global satellite TV coverage from a host of stations.
Mr Rahman added: “The facilities at Northampton College are absolutely first-class. It’s a great opportunity for the students and give them a glimpse of how to create authentic Asian cuisine.”
For competition details visit www.bca1960.com