A Whitley Bay-based chef has been voted the best curry cook in the UK.
Shohid Ahmed of the Shikara restaurant has been named the Chef of the Year at the Curry Life Chef Awards.
Shohid, who co-owns Shikara with Azad Miah, was presented with the title at a ceremony hosted by MP Keith Vaz at London’s five-star Lancaster Hotel.
Since launching in 2009 the Curry Life Chef Awards, which are customer led, have become the definitive accolades of merit for British-based curry chefs. Their main purpose is to honour curry industry professionals who have shown outstanding performance and culinary excellence.
The seafront restaurant, which specialises in Bangladeshi and South Asian dishes as well as fusion recipes from India, opened in June 2012. Since then it has enjoyed year-on-year growth.
The restaurant also announced a shirt sponsorship deal with Backworth Percy Welfare Cricket Club in April. Azad Miah believes that creating a sense of community was one of the keys to the restaurant’s nomination.
“We’re incredibly proud to have won the award thanks to our loyal customer-base,” he says. “Word of mouth recommendations have been key to our growth and we thank our customers for putting us forward for this award.“We’re really proud to have introduced so many people in the region to the wide and varied flavours offered by Bangladeshi, South Asian and Indian food.
“We hope to continue to share our success with our customers for many years to come and winning this award has been the icing on the cake.”