A chef from Thirsk has been voted one of the best curry chefs in the UK at the 2016 Curry Life Awards during a glittering ceremony in London.
Mohammed Anwar Hussain, who is head chef at the Jaipur Spice, Busby Stoop Inn, was one of 24 chefs to receive official recognition for their outstanding contribution to an industry worth more than £4.2billion a year.
The awards and gala dinner celebrated the ‘official’ national dish chicken tikka masala, giving visitors the chance to find out more about an industry serving 2.5 million customers a week.
Guests were treated to some spectacular entertainment during the awards ceremony, hosted by celebrity master chef finalist and TV presenter Louise Minchin.
Mr Hussain 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 Jaipur Spice, Thirsk.
“The award will inspire us to keep improving and I’d also like to thank all our customers for their help putting us on the map.”
Guest of honour at the awards ceremony, Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for International Development, said: “Curry Life Magazine’s annual awards ceremony is a great opportunity to celebrate the enormous talent that is on display around the country and the success of the Great British Curry.
“My congratulations to all the deserving winners.”