The first Midlands Curry Awards were held at the St John’s Hotel in Solihull on November 1st.
There are over 3,000 curry restaurants in the Midlands and the Midlands Curry Awards recognise the culinary expertise in the region.
Nominations for the awards were made between 1st July, 2009 and 7th September, 2009. Restaurants opened for less than 2 years qualified for the Newcomer of the Year and restaurants opened for 2 years or more were judged on a regional basis with ten separate regions in the Midlands area.
There were ten regional winners announced on 1st November along with a Newcomer of the Year award and five awards to outstanding individuals.
The 16 award winners are as follows.
Birmingham & Solihull – Asha’s
Black Country & Walsall – Balti Bazaar
Coventry & Warwickshire – Aladdin
Derbyshire – Red Chilli
Leicestershire – T&K Balti
Nottinghamshire – Chand
Northamptonshire – Tamarind
Shropshire – Cafe Monsoon
Staffordshire – Garam Masala
Worcestershire – Maheen’s Signature
Chef of the Year – Babul Miah (Dilshad Restaurant in Cannock, Staffordshire)
Newcomer of the Year – Naya (Henley In Arden)
Lifetime Achievement – Ajay Bhattia (Itihaas Restaurant, Birmingham)
Young Businessperson of the Year – Naz Islam (Saffron Restaurant in Northamptonshire)
Businessperson of the Year – Rais Miah (Balti Bazaar, Stourbridge)
Businesswoman of the Year – Lynne Brooks (Deolali Restaurant of Moseley, Birmingham)
If you are close by to one of the wining restaurants, why not go and enjoy a meal there to see just how good a curry can taste?