Curry chefs from across the country have battled it out in the kitchens of Northampton College for the title of the UK’s King of Spice.
A total of 30 top chefs took their place in the finals of the 2015 Curry Chef Awards, organised by the Bangladesh Caterers Association.
The challenge saw the chefs 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 we have seen in this competition is phenomenal and shows that our industry is being taken to a whole new level. This was cooking of the highest order and our chefs created some truly stunning dishes.”
The panel of judges, which included Mary Laing, wife of the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, and Conservative MP for Northampton South David Mackintosh, rated the dishes on factors such as taste, presentation and hygiene.
The winners will be announced at a glamorous gala dinner to be held in London on November 22 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster.
James Whybrow, assistant principal of Northampton College, said: “It was a huge honour for the college to host this cook-off and it was a privilege to be a judge for the event. The talent on show was extraordinary and we were able to enjoy some exceptional cooking.”
The event was broadcast around the world, with global satellite TV coverage from stations including Channel S and ATN Bangla.
Pasha Khandakar, national president of the BCA, said: “Our chefs are our hidden gem and this competition gives them a platform to show what they can do and put themselves into the mainstream. We were delighted to have the event at Northampton College and the facilities are first-class.”