Wakefield curry chef scoops national award

Left to right are Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder chairman of Cobra Beer, Maggan Khade from Pasco, Thrakrima Anisha, deputy manager at Cinnamon Lounge, Paula Sherriff MP, Haffizunnessa Hussain, winning chef Atikur Rahman and Nina Hossain, broadcast journalist.
Left to right are Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder chairman of Cobra Beer, Maggan Khade from Pasco, Thrakrima Anisha, deputy manager at Cinnamon Lounge, Paula Sherriff MP, Haffizunnessa Hussain, winning chef Atikur Rahman and Nina Hossain, broadcast journalist.

A spice king from Flockton Moor has been voted one of the best curry chefs in the UK.

Chef Atikur Rahman, of the Cinnamon Lounge on Paul Lane, was one of 40 chefs at the 2015 curry chef of the year awards to receive official recognition for their contribution to an industry worth more than £4.2billion a year.

Mr Rahman 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 Cinnamon Lounge, Flockton Moor. The award will inspire us to keep improving.”

“I am very grateful to my constituency MP, Paula Sherriff, who travelled to London to be at the awards ceremony to support me.”

The Curry Life chef awards and gala dinner also celebrated national dish chicken tikka masala and gave visitors the chance to find out more about an industry serving 2.5 million customers a week.

The guest of honour at the awards ceremony was Lord Karan Bilimoria, the founder chairman of Cobra Beer.

He 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.”

More then £3,000 was raised on the evening for Silver Star Charity, which raises awareness about the dangers of diabetes across UK and Indian Subcontinent.