Curry Chef Gains Recognition
29 August 2019 Local News
A curry chef from Stoke-on-Trent hopes to raise his game after being awarded for his work by some of the biggest names from the food and hospitality industry at a Culinary Masterclass in London. Chef Muhammad Ali, from the Roshni Restaurant, in Forsbrook, joined around 150 restaurateurs and chefs at the Radisson, Edwardian Hotel in London’s docklands, trading ideas, tips and secrets with some of the country’s leading experts and acclaimed chefs. Speakers included Mridula Baljekar, an award winning food writer and the bestselling author of 27 Indian and South East Asian cookery books, who demonstrated how to cook fat free Indian meals. Michelin star chef Rupert Rowley and Mark Poynton talked about the importance of quality ingredients and healthy menu choices., while expert restaurant manager Mo Gherras, who himself managed many high end restaurants including Ramsey’s Petrus, gave tips on service standards. The Roshni Restaurant was awarded West Midlands Restaurant of the Year for 2019 by the Curry Life Awards, for the quality and service it provides for its customers. Executive Chef Muhammad Ali and Samim Miah both lead the team at the Roshni in Forsbrook. On receiving the award Ali said: ‘The event in London was inspirational. ‘At the Roshni we are constantly looking for ways to raise standards and gain knowledge to give our customers a better experience. ‘We’re proud of our excellent record for quality food and professional service and are constantly pushing the boundaries of Indian cuisine to update our menu. ‘It’s fantastic to have our efforts recognised by the curry industry and to receive this accolade from the culinary masters’. Speaking at the event, Syed Nahas Pasha, Editor in Chief of Curry Life magazine, said: ”The curry industry is one of the success stories of British cuisine. ‘ It’s always important to recognise the achievement of Indian Restaurants like the Roshni in StokeonTrent, where the team works hard to raise the bar on food and service, thus contributing to that success. ‘This type of events rarely happens and it offers a unique chance for chefs and restaurateurs to share ideas and gain information from key players in the hospitality industry’. Chef Ali was a member of the super chef curry team which travelled to Kolkata, India last month as part of the taste of Britain curry festival. There he received recognition for his work from the British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata ,Bruce Bucknall.