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More and more consumers are looking at food hygiene ratings when deciding where to eat. Seeing a green and black sticker in the window could make the difference between them choosing where to eat.

So get your favourite restaurants and takeaways to feel pride in their FSA sticker. Help them not to lose out by leaving potential customers to guess their hygiene standards or assume  they may have something to hide.

Enter the competition now!

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Terms and conditions apply

Closing date is midnight 30 April 2016!

  • Each entrant’s tweet, Facebook post or Instagram must include the photo of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme sticker and the hashtag#WheresTheStickerChaat
  • Entrant’s must also mention the food business’s Twitter handle, Instagram handle or tag them on Facebook (their trade name is also acceptable if the food business is not on social media)
  • Entrants can enter multiple businesses, using a separate entry for each one. Multiple entries by the same entrant for the same business will be disregarded.
  • Only businesses in England displaying a current and valid food hygiene rating sticker showing a rating of 3, 4 or 5 will be eligible for the prize draw
  • The customer will receive £500 and the business will receive £500. The payment will be made by The British Curry Club. No alternative prize will be offered.
  • The validity of the food hygiene rating of the business will need to be verified by the Food Standards Agency before the winner is confirmed, announced and paid.
  • The decision of the British Curry Club and the FSA is final.
  • Competition in partnership with the FSA
  • Entrants must be 18 years of age and over and full time UK residents
  • For details of the prize winner, please contact the competition owner [[email protected] or British Curry Club 6 Bute Crescent, Cardiff, CF10 5AN]

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One of Surrey’s most decorated Indian restaurants was celebrating its “biggest achievement to date” after being awarded two coveted AA Rosettes.

Inspectors described India Dining, in Warlingham, as a “classy thoroughbred” that was a world-apart from usual Indian restaurants.

The restaurant, a favourite with local celebrities, was said to possess a “wholly modern approach to both cuisine and décor”, and a “creative, modern and upmarket” menu.

Representatives of the AA, who visited anonymously earlier this month, also commended the restaurant – which overlooks the village green – for its commitment to sustainable and organic produce.

India Dining is now believed to be one of only a three Indian restaurants in the entire county to hold two AA Rosettes and to feature in this year’s AA Guide.

And it is in the 10 per cent of restaurants nationwide that are of a standard “that is worthy of one Rosette and above”.

Owner Asad Khan, the holder of numerous industry accolades, said the AA award was the “crowning glory” of the last 12 years.

“We have been fortunate to win several awards and many major accolades since we first opened our doors in 2003,” he said.

“But it is true to say that winning two AA Rosettes is our biggest achievement to date. We’ve waited a long time to receive the recognition that we deserve, and we are now among the elite of Indian restaurants in the South East.”

Their review, published on the AA website, adds: “The authentic pan-Indian cooking takes an equally creative, modern and upmarket approach, the menus intelligently condensed to allow quality and consistency to shine, while the kitchen is admirably committed to sustainable and organic produce.”

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Do you have a question about cooking spicy food? Chaat! Your Curry Magazine’s team of chefs at the Duchess of Delhi are on hand to help!

Cooking with spices can often be a tricky business, even for the most experienced of cooks! Whenever we have a query about a recipe or an ingredient, we’re lucky enough to be able to go down to the kitchen and get an answer immediately. We’d like to extend the acquisition of knowledge at our fingertips to you, our lovely readers.

Do you have problems such as: What can I cook for my mother-in-law? What is star anise? How do I grind spices?

If you’ve got burning questions about anything to do with South Asian cuisine, spice or cooking methods, get in touch with us, and we’ll answer your question in the next issue.

SO ASK AWAY AND YOU COULD BE IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN THIS FANTASTIC PRIZE…

AN EXCLUSIVE DUCHESS OF DELHI COOKERY COURSE FOR 2 PEOPLE, WITH A COMPLIMENTARY DINNER AND OVERNIGHT STAY IN THE BEAUTIFUL CARDIFF BAY.

Not only will one lucky reader get their queries answered by our resident chefs, but they will also be treated to:

A private afternoon cookery course for 2 at the Duchess of Delhi.
The course will be taught by one of our expert chefs in our restaurant, who will introduce you to the wonders that are a professional South Asian Kitchen. Learn all the cookery skills and secrets you need to create your own authentic dishes at home!

A meal for 2 at the Duchess of Delhi.
Enjoy dinner in our stunning restaurant, overlooking the heart of Cardiff Bay. Immerse yourself in our luxurious surroundings, enjoy our specially prepared South Asian dishes, and be treated to an unforgettable, authentic dining experience.

www.duchessofdelhi.com

An overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay.
A complimentary 1 night stay for 2 people in the inviting Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay, set on the picturesque old east dock. Many of the modern bedrooms overlook the canal and you can wake up to a complimentary buffet breakfast in the morning. The hotel also offers wifi throughout the building at no extra charge.

www.exhicardiff.co.uk

What a prize! You’ll even get to meet us!

To be in with a chance of winning simply get in touch by either:

EMAIL: Send your question with the subject ‘ASK CHEF’ to [email protected]

FACEBOOK: Post your question on our Facebook Wall /ChaatMagazine or /Duchessofdelhi

TWITTER: Tweet your question to @curryclubuk using #askchef

CLOSING DATE: 31st August 2014

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be 18 or over. Winner to be chosen at random by Chaat Magazine. Date subject to availability. Winner to arrange date of stay with Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay. Travel Expenses not included. Room service not included. All rights reserved.

 

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In 1810, the UK saw the opening of The Hindoostane Coffee House founded by Sake Dean Mahomed; the first Indian restaurant to arrive in the UK. Just over 200 years later, the same building stands in Westminster, proudly wearing a commemorative badge, and curry holds the title for the nation’s favourite dish. In an industry said to be worth billions, restaurants should be thriving with the national adoration for spice. However, in 2011 over 600 food businesses failed, and Indian restaurants situated in popular areas of London are
beginning to close. So why is the Indian food industry showing signs of decline?

A contributing factor to the number of restaurant closures is the staffing issues facing businesses. Restaurant owners are finding it increasingly difficult to find skilled staff who understand the complexity of combining Indian spices and flavours. Due to this shortage, a number of restaurants are failing to reach their full potential. Traditionally, a business would be passed down through generations, along with years of culinary experience and secrets.

Full article in Chaat! Magazine issue 13

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LAZY BONES, THE recently launched restaurant in London Farringdon, serves up fancy fast food with a surrounding of quirky interior design. When a friend slumped down next to me with her ‘starter’, she was carrying a bag of sour cream and chive popcorn. What may have been confined to the walls of cinemas has emerged as a savoury restaurant snack, and popped corn brands such as Proper Corn seem to be everywhere. It
was then that it seemed food had become just as trend-focused as the fashion industry. Last year, the UK saw a rise in the consumption of colourful macaroons, popcakes, boutique beers and artisanal breads, but gradually died out to make room for savoury popcorn.

Wayne Edwards at The Food People believes that popcorn in particular has become a food phenomenon because “it hits a few trends”. He
explains that, “Sweet and salty combinations such as salted caramel are everywhere, and it links to the nostalgia for American-style dining.”

So where have these attitudes come from? These fickle food trends are not something entirely new. Rashima Bhatia of the Indian restaurant Rasoi believes that the era of food trends has been developing since 2009, and now, in 2013, has reached its peak. Rasoi has ensured that different aspects of these trends have been woven into the menu. “We try to source ingredients that are local, and we also have an open kitchen to emphasise the trend of consuming only honest food.”

Full feature Chaat! Magazine issue 13

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WE ALL HAVE our favourite restaurants. The little Italian down the road, the quirky café on the corner, maybe the ultra-modern curry house in the city centre.

When asked why, your reasons for favouring a
particular restaurant is probably the fantastic
food, but there is so much more to a dining
experience – the atmosphere, the ambience,
the service!

The last decade has seen major
regenerations in most cities, and with it, many
restaurants have re-branded and re-designed
to be more contemporary and in-keeping with
their new surroundings. But do these stylish
interiors take away from the culture and
traditions of the cuisine being served inside the
restaurants?

Angharad, a Chaat! reader from Scotland,
feels that restaurants in every sector to be
moving toward similar modern-minimalist
looks. “I haven’t been bowled over by any UK
restaurant atmosphere in a while. Everywhere
seems generic, with lots of chains – once
you’ve been in one restaurant, you’ve seen
them all!”

While the white walls and the modern
look is currently very fashionable, is this style
choice causing restaurants to become more
nonspecific and lack cultural identity?
Olive Services are a leading restaurant
maintenance company. Managing Director, Sol
Goodall, is an ex-chef who knows exactly what
restaurants need for the perfect ambience
and interior, to keep existing and attract new
customers.
“Many restaurants go for the quick money
by applying a very modern feel to their sites,
thus they end up competing with the masses
for generic business. They may see a neutral,
bland look as safe and easy to maintain,
although these neutral schemes can show
every knock. Richer, more opulent cultural looks
are often longe

Full feature in Chaat! Magazine issue 12 2013

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